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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061956430
  • ASIN: B003H4REHS
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Fresh brains roasting on an open fire . . .

Outside the temperature's dropping. The snow is falling, blanketing the world in white. Sleigh bells are jingling. Soon it will be that most wondrous time of the year!

That time of flesh-devouring zombie horror!

Yes, Christmas is on its way—and all the little boys and ghouls are dreaming of stockings filled with candied eyes and bleeding body parts. You'd better watch out! Santa Claws is coming to town—and he knows who's been naughty, who's been naughtier . . . and who'll taste best with a nice glass of Chianti!

In celebration of this merry macabre season, we present a peerless compendium of more than two dozen of the most soul-stirring, brain-boiling carols composed specifically for the decomposing. Holiday favorites such as “I Saw Mommy Chewing Santa Claus,” “Deck the Halls with Parts of Wally,” and “We Three Spleens” are guaranteed to lift the spirits of the lumbering, shuffling undead and their temporarily still breathing meals-to-be. So put down your gore-splattered baseball bats and raise your voices in song! And sing loudly—to drown out all the screaming.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael P. Spradlin is the author of the New York Times bestseller It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!, Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime, and Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill, as well as several children's picture books, the novels and manga volumes in the Spy Goddess series, and the Youngest Templar novels. He lives in Michigan with his family.


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Customer Reviews

Get it, read it with the kids, have a few laughs.
Daron Levy
This humorous Christmas carol book would make a great stocking stuffer and an after-holiday gift.
S. Agusto-Cox
This was a clever little book that was a lot of fun.
Shawn Beatty

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Ah, the humorous novelty of turning classic stories into zombie/vampire/werewolf-laden horrors... and apparently it also applies to time-honored Christmas carols. Michael P. Spradlin obviously had a lot of fun adapting traditional yuletide songs for fans of the undead, but some of them definitely fall short.

Basically Spradlin takes your basic traditional Christmas carols -- "We Three Kings," "The Christmas Song," "Good King Wenceslas," "Here Comes Santa Claus," etc -- and inserts references to zombies, viruses, brains and general undead mayhem. The results are pretty gruesome and wonderfully tasteless.

The results... are mixed. Some of these songs are pretty entertaining ("In the meadow, we can beg for mercy/They've already eaten Parson Brown"), but a lot of them just don't work. When in doubt, Spradlin just inserts random references to brains, body parts and zombie viruses, even if they don't make sense. Example: "Brightly shown (sp) the moon that night/Though the virus cruel" -- so is the virus up in the sky?

And honestly, you can't really sing some of them because the zombiefied lines don't scan with the rest of the song -- "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" is turned into "I'm dream ing of an undead Christmas," and "O tidings of comfort and joy" is turned into "O, eating brains brings us comfort and joy." The extra syllables just mean that they don't work.

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols" is a fun little read, as long as you don't demand too much of your spoof songs... or expect to be able to sing them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lyle L. Perez on January 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies" is a children's book of zombie Christmas carols. I know Christmas has come and gone but I found this book at Borders for 70% off along with the rest of the Christmas books. For only a few bucks I couldn't resist a zombie book. It's a pretty short book; I finished it in half an hour.

The book pretty much just takes regular Christmas carols and adds the zombie madness to them. All the classics are here from Frosty the Snowman to Jingle Bells. Each is different from the original carol but the melody is... well almost the same. A few extra words are added which throws off the melody. It's hard to really sing along with the each carol as the book suggests.

The great thing about this book is the illustrations. Every other page in the book is met with an illustration that compliments the carol. They are really well done, even though they are cartoons they are fun to look at.

Over all, this book was an OK read. I mean I tried to at least sing along with some of the carols but the extra words threw everything off. It is really repetitive, same words being used over and over again. Some of the carols didn't even make sense, it seemed like he just added "zombie" words in random places. I'll have to give "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies" 2 Undead Heads out of 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Agusto-Cox on December 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
The holidays are a time for merriment and getting together with family and friends to celebrate and share. Part of the holidays has always included caroling, at least for some people. My husband and I love to sing, though we don't sing well, but we like to make up lyrics from time to time. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols by Michael P. Spradlin and illustrated by Jeff Weigel is the perfect collection of remastered Christmas Carols to liven up the holidays. There's even an introduction by the witty and dark humored Christopher Moore.

First, can you tell what classic novel this line's beginning resembles?

"It is universally acknowledged that there are very few literarypursuits which cannot be improved with the addition of zombies, which are to the written word as cheesy goldfish crackers are to life in general; those little cheesy goldfish crackers also improve nearly everything." (Page VII)

Christopher Moore certainly has a unique perspective on literature and how it can be improved, but in the case of the zombie Christmas carol book, he may be correct. Spradlin's lines are well placed and maintain the rhythm of the original carols. Family members young and old will love to sing to these revised songs -- from It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, I mean, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies to Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly, oops I mean, Deck the Halls With Parts of Wally.

Zombie, the Snowman (Page 39)

Zombie the Snowman was a jolly, happy ghoul,
With a corncob pipe and some boy's nose
And two eyes he got at school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Smith on March 3, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book for a buddy of mine who is big time into zombies. He thought it was very clever and lit up as he read it. I am not a zombie fan per se. I thought they worked a bit too hard to twist the traditional carols and in some cases were fairly weak. Still, my friend had a great time with it so thumbs up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia Beaverhausen VINE VOICE on November 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I would give this book five stars simply for Jeff Weigel's black-and-white illustrations. There's a zombified Elvis, Norman Rockwell family, Griswold, Nutcracker, Frosty, and Tiny Tim. What really seals the deal is the zombie using his own intestines to decorate the Christmas tree. The zombie Christmas carols by Michael P. Spradlin occasionally sparkle, but there are only so many brain-eating jokes that one can take (even at a slim 81 pages). Still, it's hard to resist such wonderful titles as "We Three Spleens" and "Good King Wenceslas Tastes Great."
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