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Tales from the Crypt #8: Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid (Tales from the Crypt Graphic Novels) Hardcover – November 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 12
  • Series: Tales from the Crypt Graphic Novels (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Papercutz (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597071641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597071642
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6–9—The Crypt-Keeper and his gruesome group return. Two stories are devoted to Glugg, who has cartoon adventures just like Jeff Kinney's Greg Heffley, except that Glugg is dead with flies buzzing around his head. It is a "dead-on" Kinney impersonation, complete with an obnoxious older brother, "Rock." The third selection, "DieLite," is a parody of Twilight with a loser, lovesick "Dedward" and the further adventures of Thomas Donnelly. It is a moody, dramatic piece. Readers will enjoy seeing what befalls these familiar characters in these twisted tales.—Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT
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From Booklist

This ongoing series of youth-oriented chillers is a worthy addition to the E.C. horror-comics lineage and probably has itself a hit in this parody-filled volume. Serving as bookends are two chapters of “Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid”; imagine Jeff Kinney’s wimpy hero transformed into a brain-munching zombie (“they HAD to taste better than Mom’s broccoli and Velveeta”). The first tale focuses on brother Rock’s demon incantations, and the closing vignette about an undead Guitar Zero contest features a rather staggering depth of horror-movie in-jokes (not many kids’ satire manages references to Jacques Tourneur and Lucio Fulci). Twilight parody “DieLight” uses genuinely creepy watercolors to make fun of Dedward’s incessant yearning (“I could talk for days about how beyond speech I am!”), and an original werewolf story rounds out the package. Though an early “Anne Frankenstein” joke goes too far, the GhouLunatic hosts are as riff-roaring as ever. Fans of MAD magazine will eat this alive. Grades 5-8. --Daniel Kraus

More About the Author

Born in the Bronx, Stefan Petrucha spent his formative years moving between the big city and the suburbs, both of which made him prefer escapism.

A fan of comic books, science fiction and horror since learning to read, in high school and college he added a love for all sorts of literary work, eventually learning that the very best fiction always brings you back to reality, so, really, there's no way out.

An obsessive compulsion to create his own stories began at age ten and has since taken many forms, including novels, comics and video productions. At times, the need to pay the bills made him a tech writer, an educational writer, a public relations writer and an editor for trade journals, but fiction, in all its forms, has always been his passion. Every year he's made a living at that, he counts a lucky one. Fortunately, there've been many.

Customer Reviews

This book is a graphic novel.
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I received this item before the due date, the packaging was very safe/sturdy, which is nice when ordering paperback books.
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That their kids like the Wimpy Kid books.
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154 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Heavenlyhog on January 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is a graphic novel. I didn't think it would be quite so "graphic," however. The product description says it is for the 9 to 12-year-old reader. My son falls into that age group, but this is by no means the kind of book I was looking for for him. He loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and I thought this sounded like a fun parody of those books. I certainly didn't expect a book with color illustrations of a vampire's severed spine and head lying in a pool of blood and I definitely don't consider those images to be something that I would want my child or, for that matter, any 9 to 12-year-old to view. This book is definitely not "kid-friendly" and I would advise you to look closely at a copy of it before you purchase it for a child within the suggested age range.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Phillips on July 3, 2010
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I searched high and low to get this book because it was always recommended for kids who liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. However, it is a parody like one would find in Mad Magazine in the 70's and 80's. My 7-year old son found the art to be disturbing and the story to be boring. We did not even read the other parodies to him that are in the book. My wife is a huge Twilight fan, but she did not like that parody because it was "like someone who had done some serious drugs was allowed to draw a cartoon book while they were seriously strung out." So she felt that the Twilight parody pictures were also disturbing. Both stories attempt to poke fun at the original texts, but they fall far short. We have no prior history with the third story so I cannot comment on how it relates. The art is consistent in that it is dark and graphic. Every picture throughout the book screams "PAIN!" at you as you go through it.

I think that this might be an interesting read to 20-somethings that really dislike the pop culture aspects of Twilight and who somehow read Diary of a Wimpy Kid and were equally turned off by that series. Unfortunately, I think that there are a lot of parents like myself who simply purchased it because their kid was really into Diary of a Wimpy Kid and their child is hungry to read another book. My advice: DON'T DO IT! You may scar your child and damage their interest in reading.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
TALES FROM THE CRYPT from Papercutz is a 'cut' above other collections of the growingly popular graphic novels. First of all the book is written and designed and illustrated as a parody, which does not at all mean that it strays from its title of horror stories: the stories contained are ghoulish and even frightening, but the difference here is that the strange warped stories are so well written in both words and images that when the reader adjusts to the parody aspect of the tales the level of sophistication in the humor is more apparent.

The book contains three stories: 'Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid' by Stefan Petrucha and Rick Parker - as honest a survey of the undead as is available anywhere! - in two parts, 'DieLite' by Stefan Petrucha, Maia Kinney-Petrucha and Miran Kim, a sicko love story about a vampire and maiden he desires, and 'Carrier' by John L. Lansdale, James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook, a man builds a vault in his house in which he can transform into a werewolf etc. The art work is exceptional, with each story bearing its own trademark of imagery form drawings on lined paper (for 'Diary') to finessed realism in 'DieLite' to traditional comic book style for 'Carrier'. At the end of the book is a fine explanation of how Papercutz arrived at the concept of Parody based on the famous Tales from the Crypt series. There is considerable artistic energy in this little volume and a promise that this company will continue to produce successful art forms equal to this fine little volume (this being volume #8). Grady Harp, November 09
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie M Bruss on May 5, 2013
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I didn't buy it but I'm tempted I love tales from the crypt and to people talking about its not what they were expecting it to be for there 9-12 year old child why are you complaining? it says in big letters TALES FROM THE CRYPT like you've never seen the shows or anything common what did you expect think people it's not that hard
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LuvSopranos on November 20, 2011
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As a child, my son was a fan of the series "Diary of A Wimpy Kid".
As a teenager "Diary of A Wimpy Kid" no longer peaked his interest.
I purchased "Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid" and he found the book to be hilarious!

**I noticed that there were several negative reviews.
Parents should thoroughly read the description and use the "look inside option" before making a purchase.**
It was very obvious that this book was not for children and was in no way related to the "Diary of A Wimpy Kid" series.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Clay K. Henry on December 1, 2010
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I usually read reviews of things I buy on Amazon. I must have been in a hurry when I placed this order because I completely agree with other reviewers, this book is violent and gory. It is inappropriate for children and, frankly, I find it a waste of trees as I don't think ANYONE should read a comic that shows severed body parts and people being ripped limb from limb. If I gave this to my 11 year old as planned he would have had nightmares for MONTHS. I am returning this, buyer BEWARE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda C. Niederkorn on January 22, 2013
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I bought this for my 9 year grandson as one of his christmas gifts, he loved it and has read it several times.
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