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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Repackage edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442402709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442402706
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Now there’s a picture book for the youngest zombie fans. Campbell, a comics and video game artist, gives Mortimer the zombie just the right degree of repellant charm…DiPucchio…exchanges zombie horror for romantic agony; instead of fearing him, the thin-skinned will suffer right along with hapless Mortimer.”

--Publishers Weekly, June 20, 2011

“This silly story features loads of sight gags that sharp-eyed children will enjoy…chuckles are guaranteed…. This giggler will grab those children who like their zombies funny.”

--School Library Journal, August 2011

DiPucchio and Campbell pair their considerable talents to tell the tale of poor Mortimer, a zombie looking for love in all the wrong places…. Text loaded with humorous understatement and Campbell’s skillfully detailed watercolors in a palette of decay (think watery reds, putrid grays and sickly greens) are both clever and delightfully gross…. Probably best suited for sharing with primary graders, who will squirm between fits of laughter.”

--Kirkus, August 1, 2011

About the Author

Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Grace for President and numerous other books for kids, including the Crafty Chloe books Crafty Chloe and Dress-Up Mess-Up, as well as Zombie in Love, Zombie in Love 2 + 1, and Gaston. She lives with her husband and three children in Michigan, and you can visit her at KellyDiPucchio.com.

Scott Campbell’s paintings have appeared in numerous shows and publications around the world. He has created award-winning comics, such as “Igloo Head and Tree Head,” which appeared in the Flight anthology, and is the illustrator of Zombie in Love and Zombie in Love 2 + 1 by Kelly DiPucchio; East Dragon, West Dragon by Robyn Eversole; and If Dogs Run Free by Bob Dylan. Scott lives in New York City. Visit him at PyramidCar.com.

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The story and the illustrations are very cute and funny.
Love2Love
This book tells the story of a nice zombie named Mortimer who is looking for love in all of the wrong places.
Alice Liddle
This book is hilarious, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to read something funny to their kid.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on October 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What's a lovelorn zombie to do? Mortimer tries all his best romantic moves on the ladies, gifting them with a maggoty box of chocolates, a shiny red (still beating?) heart, even a diamond ring (unfortunately, with decomposing finger still attached) all to no avail. Desperate, he finally puts out a personal ad, (to the tune of Escape, The Pina Colada Song) "If you like taking walks in the graveyard/and falling down in the rain. If you're not into cooking,/if you have half a brain./If you like waking up at midnight,/horror films, and voodoo,/then I'm the guy who you've looked for/and I'm dying to meet you!" Attending Cupid's Ball in hopes of scoring a date, he gives each of the attractive young ladies who approaches him a smile, "like this" (a close-up picture of Mortimer's gaping snaggle-toothed smile is featured.) Just as he's nearly about to give up, he finally meets the girl of his dreams - a zombie named Mildred.

Soft watercolor illustrations in a slightly muted palette of colors give what could be a genuinely scary or gross story an undeniably cute charm. The illustrations are chock-full of little details, like Mortimer's coffee cup emblazoned with the slogan, "I (brain) Brains" or his computer mouse that is actually a mouse. Mortimer's zombie dog manages to make a dangling eyeball and exposed ribcage seem adorable. Best of all, are Mortimer's constant companions, and first-rate wingmen, a family of busy worms that follow him wherever he goes. I also enjoyed the "brain cake" the Mortimer dishes up on his picnic date with Mildred. I guess it's easy to draw the conclusion that if you're unlucky in love, the surest way to happiness is to lower your standards. Or maybe the moral is, there's someone for everyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Gephart on November 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Zombie in Love combines my favorite things -- humor, fun horror, a great story and terrific artwork.

Scott Campbell's illustrations are fabulous. My favorite is the one that follows these words: "Each time a girl approached the table, Mortimer would smile. Like this:" (It's a hilarious closeup of Mortimer's face.) Campbell's illustrations add much humor to the already fun, funny and poignant text.

I became familiar with Kelly DiPucchio's books when I discovered Grace for President, and I've been a huge fan ever since. Zombie in Love is my new favorite!

This book would make a great gift not only for kids, but for adults on Halloween or Valentine's Day or . . . any day.

Treat yourself to Zombie in Love. It's truly a picture book to dismember, um, remember.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ZumaLun on January 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
No lie, my kids have well over 100 books and I'd say this is the number one most requested book for me to read to them. It's totally fun and so cute. I also read it to my son's 1st grade class and they we're all engrossed and laughing. A lot of what is so engaging are the illustrations. They are full of funny details that just really captures you. Excellent book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P JAYNE KIRKPATRICK on March 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The eight-year-old young lady that I read with loved this book! She likes zombies, and this was perfect for a grade school student.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evildonald on October 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading this to my little girl since she was 1. She loves the illustrations and especially the two "smile like this" pages. Now she's 2 and a half she still loves having it read to her.

Also there are a lot if "jokes for mum and dad" hidden through the pages, that makes sure your child isn't the only one having fun.

Cannot recommend enough!

We also like "Grace for President" by the same author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Garrell on September 11, 2012
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This is a wonderful and twisted little love story with absolutely amazing artwork by Scott Campbell. It's the perfect gift for anyone with a slightly twisted sense of humor. It's just the right amount of gross to go with a sweet love story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Huckstep on July 29, 2012
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Excellent writing, great artwork, enjoyable read with a unique twist for a children's book...zombies! Even my 3 year old daughter loves this book. I get so tired of most children's books, but I can read this wonderful book over and over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By katiemoss78 on July 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a (very grown-up) career nanny, I have nearly every long-time favorite children's book memorized. Zombie in Love is my personal favorite. For every kid who thinks they can handle things tending towards the "gross" and frightening, but can't really, I recommend this warm-hearted, and very sweet, love story. I bought it myself, and have no children at home. It's near perfect and it gets me every time. Good luck Mortimer!
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