Zombie in Love

Zombie in Love

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by Kelly DiPucchio
     
 

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Mortimer is looking for love. And he’s looking everywhere! He’s worked out at the gym (if only his arm wouldn’t keep falling off). He’s tried ballroom dancing lessons (but the ladies found him to be a bit stiff). He’s even been on stalemate.com. How’s a guy supposed to find a ghoul? When it seems all hope has died, could the girl

Overview

Mortimer is looking for love. And he’s looking everywhere! He’s worked out at the gym (if only his arm wouldn’t keep falling off). He’s tried ballroom dancing lessons (but the ladies found him to be a bit stiff). He’s even been on stalemate.com. How’s a guy supposed to find a ghoul? When it seems all hope has died, could the girl of Mortimer’s dreams be just one horrifying shriek away?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Zombies have filtered down from YA to middle readers, and now there's a picture book for the youngest zombie fans. Campbell, a comics and video game artist, gives Mortimer the zombie just the right degree of repellant charm—he has pet worms who play cards, a headstone for a computer monitor, and a goggle-eyed dog who gnaws on a hand that may or may not be real. Mortimer's gifts for girls fall flat (a still-beating heart, a ring on a disembodied finger), and he fears he won't find a date for Cupid's Ball. Nobody answers his personal ad, written to the tune of Rupert Holmes's "Escape" ("If you like taking walks in the graveyard/ and falling down in the rain"); it might be his smile, to which Campbell devotes a closeup—greenish, with fuzzy peg teeth. After rejections that will make lovelorn readers flinch, Mildred the girl zombie shows up at last, and she's "drop-dead gorgeous." DiPucchio (The Sandwich Swap) exchanges zombie horror for romantic agony; instead of fearing him, the thin-skinned will suffer right along with hapless Mortimer. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
“Now there’s a picture book for the youngest zombie fans. Campbell, a comics and video game artist, gives Mortimer the zombie just the right degree of repellant charm…DiPucchio…exchanges zombie horror for romantic agony; instead of fearing him, the thin-skinned will suffer right along with hapless Mortimer.”

Publishers Weekly, June 20, 2011

“This silly story features loads of sight gags that sharp-eyed children will enjoy…chuckles are guaranteed…. This giggler will grab those children who like their zombies funny.”

School Library Journal, August 2011

DiPucchio and Campbell pair their considerable talents to tell the tale of poor Mortimer, a zombie looking for love in all the wrong places…. Text loaded with humorous understatement and Campbell’s skillfully detailed watercolors in a palette of decay (think watery reds, putrid grays and sickly greens) are both clever and delightfully gross…. Probably best suited for sharing with primary graders, who will squirm between fits of laughter.”

Kirkus, August 1, 2011

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Mortimer the zombie is lonely and desperately wants a sweetheart, but every time he reaches out to a human girl, disaster strikes. The wormy chocolates disgust, the real heart terrifies, and the ring on a severed finger scares. He just doesn't seem to have that devil-may-care romantic dash. He places a personal ad, and, on the night of the Cupid's Ball, he waits and waits for the right girl to arrive. Finally, she does and makes a disastrous entrance, knocking over the punch bowl. She smiles at him with the same Frankensteinlike teeth he has and his heart melts. This silly story features loads of sight gags that sharp-eyed children will enjoy. When the zombie is working out and his arm falls off, chuckles are guaranteed. The color cartoon illustrations are over-the-top, which makes the comic effects even more obvious. This giggler will grab those children who like their zombies funny.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Kirkus Reviews

Zombies are all the rage with teens, and stories of lovelorn adolescent lads trying to find the perfect girl in time for the big dance abound. This quest for companionship, however, is aimed at a decidedly younger crowd.

DiPucchio and Campbell pair their considerable talents to tell the tale of poor Mortimer, a zombie looking for love in all the wrong places. At the gym, others freak out when his arm breaks off while lifting weights. While taking dance lessons, his only partner is an uncooperative skeleton. But then he decides to place a personal ad in the newspaper: "If you like taking walks in the graveyard / and falling down in the rain. / If you're not into cooking, / if you have half a brain. / ...I'm dying to meet you!" Mortimer goes to the ball with high hopes, but the night drags on as his attentions are repeatedly spurned. Just as he is about to leave he hears a crash. "There on the floor was a girl...and she was drop-dead gorgeous." Text loaded with humorous understatement and Campbell's skillfully detailed watercolors in a palette of decay (think watery reds, putrid grays and sickly greens) are both clever and delightfully gross. When Mortimer offers his heart to a girl, the undead gent presents his actual organ.

Probably best suited for sharing with primary graders, who will squirm between fits of laughter.(Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442402706
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
288,149
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Grace for President and numerous other books for kids, including the Crafty Chloe books Crafty Chloe and Dress-Up Mess-Up, as well as Zombie in Love, Zombie in Love 2 + 1, Gaston, and Antoinette. She lives with her husband and three children in Michigan, and you can visit her at KellyDiPucchio.com.

Scott Campbell’s paintings have appeared in numerous shows and publications around the world. He has created award-winning comics, such as “Igloo Head and Tree Head,” which appeared in the Flight anthology, and is the illustrator of Zombie in Love and Zombie in Love 2 + 1 by Kelly DiPucchio; East Dragon, West Dragon by Robyn Eversole; and If Dogs Run Free by Bob Dylan. Scott lives in New York City. Visit him at PyramidCar.com.

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Zombie in Love 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ZeldaMI More than 1 year ago
I saw this book on a table at my local Barnes & Noble and looked thru it and absolutely loved it. It has just the right amount of humor and the illustrations are just perfect. I thought it was on a table for young adults but find to my delight its also for young readers too! I am ordering it for my 6 1/2 yr old granddaughter who loved The Nightmare Before Christmas. Try it, you'll love Zombie and the way the story ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything a boy could love in a creepy kind of way. Very entertaining, my six year old laughed the whole way through, along with quite a few "oh my gosh," along the way. Thanks!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my 8 year old for Valentine's Day. It was a refreshing alternative to the mushy love stuff. The lead character didn't change who he was and everything worked out in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute book... teaches that regardless of who you are, there is someone in this world for you.
DGBQ More than 1 year ago
This is a book for people of all ages. Such a delightfully serene book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my great niece's second grade class and they loved it. As a matter of fact it was being passed around the entire second grade wing, so all of the kids could enjoy it. Loved the speed dating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for kids and adults who need a wacky romance with a hint of the unndead. Loved it dead!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago