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Z is for Zombie based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
My family and I love this book. It has gone through three boys now, and they all had a good time learning their alphabet using creepy creatures. My oldest son was about 5 when we found this book, and he loved it most of all. Then, because it was in our house, the next son was about 3 when he started to read it, and then my youngest was about 2 when he wanted to sit still for an entire book. No nightmares, no side effects from reading about Frankenstein's monster or zombies. Each letter has a little poem with it, and it was fun to read aloud as well as hear. I suppose it is a little more creepy than most "Halloween-ish kids" books are. But that is how our family rolls, I guess.
My 7 year old son received this book and found it to be very gruesome and scary ("This is so weird and gross, Mom. I don't think i want to look at it anymore.") . The illustrations are very detailed and effective in setting the right tone for a horror book - a ghoul coming out of a bedroom closet at night, a dozen skeletons poking at a child's skull while lying awake in bed at night, a horrific cyclops about to mutiliate a helpless tiny human, a bloody decapitated queen, etc. I do not recommend this book to any child under the age of 10 - and only if the 10 and over children are desensitized to diabolical images and have never been afraid of the dark. There are other halloween-type books out there that are much more age-appropriate. You don't have to be a children's psychologist to know that, in general, seeing the wrong images (books or movies) at the wrong time can do way more damage than good. I understand that sometimes exposing kids to their fears in small doses can help kids learn how to control them (Berenstain Bears and Arthur books have some great stories on how you can face your fears). Additionally, it is common knowledge that young children (under 7) have a very hard time distinguishing reality from fantasy. Therefore, I just don't understand why authors of children's books find it appropriate to expose young minds and impressionable sweet souls to such scary images. Be careful about this one, parents.