Brains For Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku?!

Brains For Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku?!


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ISBN-13: 9781596436299
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 08/17/2010
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

About the Author

K.A. Holt is a writer, a terrible cook, and a mother of three (not necessarily in that order). When she's not busy imagining how she would survive a zombie apocalypse, she's busy imagining how she will survive the day. Kirkus and Publishers Weekly praised her first book for children, MIKE STELLAR: NERVES OF STEEL, with words like precocious and complex, and savvy and sharp.

GAHAN WILSON is an author, cartoonist, and illustrator. His work has appeared in THE NEW YORKER and COLLIER'S Weekly among other publications. He is a very prolific and celebrated illustrator.

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Brains for Lunch

A Zombie Novel in Haiku?!

By K. A. Holt, Gahan Wilson

Roaring Brook Press

Copyright © 2010 Kari Anne Roy
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-59643-629-9



Brains for lunch again
"Stop moaning and just eat it."
Lunch lady humor

Dead-on lunchroom stare
Her eyes bore holes like earthworms
Soft and unyielding

"What do you want, Mags?"
I mouth words over the din
"You want my pudding?"

An eye roll response
George catches it, hands it back
An eyeball shortstop

Geek table awaits
Larry brags about fresh flesh
He is full of lies

Also full of flies
Charlie Brown's undead Pig Pen
Larry is so gross

Nothing stops my mouth
"Just shut up for once, Larry."
The fly buffet stands

"Up yours, Loeb," he says.
Then he gives me the finger
I give it back. Yuck.

"Leave Loeb alone, yo.
And move your stinking carcass."
That's Matt. He's my friend.

Larry staggers off
"Stupid, fat, fly-filled dodo."
Matt feels brave, I guess

Dissonant buzzing
Larry returns for round two
Matt gives me his tray

I step between them
Could lunch be any more dumb?
Larry takes a swing

My jawbone takes flight
I'm always in the middle
"Break it up, you guys!"

It's Mrs. Fincher
Why's the librarian here?
I guess she eats, too

"Go get your jaw, Loeb."
If my jaw was still attached
It would fall open

How does she know me?
I only gaze from afar
"Loeb! Go. Get. Your. Jaw."

It is on Mags tray
Of course that's where it would land
"Just can't shut your mouth."

Maggie grins at me
Her eyes, though, are not smiling
She hands me my bone

"Sorry 'bout that, Mags."
There's a satisfying pop
She just stares at me

Chairs are scattering
Seven minutes 'til late bell
Brain pudding, wasted

Matt's at my locker
"Makes you smarter, my main man."
He leans over me

Give him dirty look
"What are you talking about?"
"Smell my neck, playa."

"Sweat from a Lifer."
A bottle shakes in my face
Drops cling to its side

"Where did you get that?"
Matt cocks his head to the left
"From the Lifer quad?!"

I'm incredulous
"Crossed the invisible line?
You're that desperate?"

"That line is stupid."
Matt shakes the bottle again
"De-seg says it is."

Hair clumps in place. Check.
"And look how well de-seg works." I gestured around

Only Zs right here
Not a Lifer to be seen
They keep their distance

"There's a girl. Siobhan."
I eyed him skeptically
"I think she likes me."


Excerpted from Brains for Lunch by K. A. Holt, Gahan Wilson. Copyright © 2010 Kari Anne Roy. Excerpted by permission of Roaring Brook Press.
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Table of Contents


English 101,
Girl's Lar,
The Contest,
Siobhan's House,

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Brains For Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku?! 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing 21 days ago
BRAINS FOR LUNCH by Austin author K.A. Holt is a zombie novel in haiku. Wait. Yes. You read that correctly. It is the tale of middle-school angst from the perspective of Loeb (teehee, get it?) a ¿Z¿ attending middle school alongside ¿lifers¿ and ¿chupos¿ (if you have yet to discover el chupacabra, let me Wikipedia that for you). Loeb¿s story is told in hilariously snarky haiku, in the 5-7-5 style often referred to by haiku aficionados as ¿senryu.¿ And how appropriate, as one might imagine a zombie as a man ¿ or middle-schooler ¿ of few words.And Loeb isn¿t unlike most middle school guys. He goes to class. He hangs out in the library. He has an assortment of weird friends. He avoids bullies and wishes everyone could just get along. And he has a crush on an unattainable girl ¿ a beautiful lifer named Siobhan. When the (hot) librarian tells Loeb about an upcoming poetry contest, Loeb thinks he might enter, if only to get the attention of his dream girl.With illustrations by New Yorker cartoonist Gahan Wilson ¿ whose quirky style fits Z life to a T ¿ BRAINS FOR LUNCH is a must-have for middle school library shelves. Like the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series, K.A. Holt`s humor in this easy-on-the-eyes style will attract both reluctant readers and bookworms of all ages. And between the 5-7-5 lines are the often difficult-to tackle issues of race and intolerance that teens are facing head-on at their schools every day. BRAINS FOR LUNCH confronts these with a subtle wit deserving of a gold star. Whether you¿re a 10 year old boy who needs to do a book report, a 16 year old girl who digs haiku, or a grown-up zombie buff, this is a book you don¿t want to miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stinking thing is only cpoyrights and the book is horrible!ONE STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....................actuly zero if i could
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its only copyrights
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yo kria m what even teens read too eny way? (Plus it sounds stuped. Eny one agere? Wite back
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In a school where humans, zombies, and chupacabras co-exist, there's never a dull day. When Loeb meets Siobhan, a lifer (human), she seems interested in him. She, however, thinks that zombies aren't smart. To prove her wrong, he enters a haiku poetry competition. Should be simple, since zombies talk in haiku anyway, right? Wrong. Loeb's poetic abilities seem to have frozen up. Can he win the competition and get the girl - without eating her brains? A funny, mixed-up book for zombie lovers. Not too strong on the lovey-dovey stuff, this book is an excellent addition to fiction for boys. The characters are funny and memorable, and the haikus are fairly simple to follow most of the time. The plot seems to have an easy time holding the reader's interest. Reluctant and avid readers who like zombies, stories about surviving middle school, paranormal fiction, and humorous tales will all enjoy BRAINS FOR LUNCH.