What’s it about?
Meet Roscoe. He’s a zombie! Roscoe came back from the dead. He likes to snack on brains. But don’t be scared. Roscoe’s not real. He’s one of the monsters you meet in stories. He just wants to tell you about zombies. Find out what turns people into zombies. Learn about different kinds of zombies around the world. And discover where zombie stories come from. You’ll have a spooky time with this monster buddy! – Synopsis from Amazon
(Our) Review of I’m Undead and Hungry by Shannon Knudsen
Miss L’s Review:
I really liked this book. It was funny. We learned that people all over the world tell stories about zombies even though zombies are not real. I liked the Chinese zombies best. They are scared of their own faces. I would not be scared of Chinese zombies. Roscoe was a good zombie because he wasn’t a picky eater. He seemed nice. He even tried to learn to dance, but everyone was afraid of him. I liked the pictures. They were cute and not scary at all.
It was obvious that my 7-year-old loved this book. She giggled frequently while reading it out loud and excitedly repeated bits and pieces of it to me. I read it, and didn’t quite see the appeal, but I appreciated that it emphasized the fact that zombies are not real even while it gave the reader tidbits of lore from around the world. I have to admit that the Chinese zombie thing was pretty interesting. The illustrations were cute and simple, which is exactly what a topic like this needed.
This would be a good beginner book for a young child who is interested in monsters and the like to cut their reading teeth on, though I think that I Want to Eat Your Books by Karen LeFranc (cute illustrations, rhyming words) is probably the better of the two to start with. Then maybe step up to this one. Regardless of my feelings, it made my child laugh and it was something besides Junie B. Jones that she wanted to read independently, so I’m all for it.
Title: I’m Undead and Hungry | Series: Monster Buddies | Author: Shannon Knudsen | Illustrator: Chiara Buccheri (site) | Publisher: Millbrook Press (site) | Pub. Date: 2014-10-1 | Pages: 24 | ASIN: B0173LJ0C2 | Genre: Children’s Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-4-2 | Source: Kindle FreeTime Book