Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story by Andy Rash

“Ten little zombies, walking in a line
One stepped in a campfire, now there are nine.”

The line between adorable and horrifying is a thin one. I bet you didn’t even know there WAS a line, did you? Well, there is. And Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story staggers along it like a… well, like a flesh-eating zombie.

It’s got all the cuteness of a pre-school type counting and rhyming book, and all the scary creds of a zombie flick. Imagine what sort of book George Romero might give his children, and you have a good idea about this little tome.

It’ll take you less than five minutes to read (in fact, this review threatens to be longer than the book itself), so the cover price of ten bucks might seem extravagant, but as a gift book it’s fun. Very simple black and white line drawings carry it, with the only color being the messy splotches of red blood signifying another messy zombie death—for that reason, you might want to keep this one out of the hands of particularly sensitive kids. But your average 13 or 14-year-old will probably get a kick out of it.

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