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Zombiekins Hardcover – June 24, 2010

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All is well in Dementedyville, U.S.A. That angry mob wielding pitchforks and torches? Why, they're just going over to the yard sale at the spooky house owned by Widow Imavitch! That's just where fourth-grader Stanley is headed, too, and he leaves with Zombiekins—a Frankensteinian stuffed animal that is part bear, part bunny, part lizard . . . and ALL EVIL! At school the next day, Zombiekins' bite turns the class tattletale into an undead monster. (“In some ways it's an improvement,” admits Stanley.) When the plush terror escapes, no realm is safe—not music class, the playground, or the teachers' lounge. Even the little kids have been transformed into “kinderzombies.” Humorous zombie books for middle-grade readers are piling up faster than severed limbs these days, and though Bolger's entry doesn't add much that's new to the canon, it's a fast and funny read helped along by Blecha's art, which provides some G-rated goo and gore. This will have readers shouting such zombie catchphrases as hrnrgrghnrr and yaarghhh. Well, maybe not, but they'll have fun anyway. Grades 4-6. --Daniel Kraus

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"This is cackle-out-loud funny, perfect for boys, especially ones who'd love to set Zombiekins on Fancy Nancy." - Jane O'Connor, New York Times bestselling author of the Fancy Nancy series

"Bolger's silly zombie spoof will tickle the funny bone and satisfy the gross-out quotient of any reader." - Kirkus Reviews

"A fast and funny read. . . . This will have readers shouting zombie catchphrases." - Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (June 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595141774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595141774
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melaina Lara VINE VOICE on June 28, 2010
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You know a zombie book for kids is good when your four year old asks for "just one more chapter" instead of taking the option of watching a cartoon.
The illustrations in this slightly freaky, very adorable, little gem of a book are engaging, (and easy to understand), and are plentiful without being over done on each page.
The puns are witty, the word play is clever. It's 'simple' enough to read aloud to my 4 and 6 year old, but 'grown up' enough that the little nuances crack me up.
I can see an independent reader with a thing for things ghoulish happily 'tearing' through this book!
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Do you know how hard it is to get the average 9 year old to read? Well, this book finally did it! The book has been interesting and fun, with just a tinge of scare factor that keeps a young boy wanting more. We're all enjoying it.
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I had a lot of fun reading this book. You should see all the "ha ha" notes I wrote in the margins. It is the story of a boy named Stanley who "was not the kind of boy who liked to take chances." He's more of an under-the-radar kind of guy until he makes the mistake of bringing a zombie doll home from a yard sale.

Because he is male, Stanley throws away the directions for the doll without ever reading them. This, in turn, soon leads to the zombification of almost the entire school. Stanley and his good friend Miranda are left to deal with the consequences. In doing so, Stanley finds courage he never knew he had.

Though simple to read, the text is filled with puns, word play, and tongue-in-cheek humor. There's even the occasional exciting vocabulary word (i.e. revivified) thrown in to please the English teacher in me. The illustrations sometimes contradict the text in amusing ways. For instance, the opening of chapter four says Stanley is doing his homework, and we see him in the middle of his bedroom floor exerting himself at a videogame while his cobweb-covered schoolbooks sit unopened.

This is a book that your boys will love. It is quick to read, clever, and very silly. I find it far more entertaining than the popular "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series.
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My 8-year-old son, who normally hates reading, can't put this book down! Instead of asking to watch TV or play video games he wants to read this book. He's been reading it to me and both of us have been laughing out loud at the clever writing and fun plot twists. Any kid that loves a good scary story will love this book! I think I love it almost as much as he does. Bolger masterfully blends comedy and spookiness to create a zombie tale for kids. I highly recommend!
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I really liked this book. I think there is enough here in this book to really grab the interest of readers, especially ones who may have a hard time finding something to read. The age group is 4-6. I typically do not like books for this level because there is just not enough grit to grab me, but this is one that did grab me, bite me, and turn me into a zombie fan. I have been working hard to find books that appeal to the sixth grade level as not every student in sixth grade is ready for the heavy topics of the YA genre. The author has done a nice job with his writing. I was impressed in his style of writing where the wordplay caused me to smile or laugh. There was enough stuff between the words to really get me thinking while not sending this book to a higher grade level. The whole time I was reading this I could not help but think about back when I was a kid and then infamous Gremlins movies. Please check out this book about an possessed bunny/teddy bear stuffed animal that goes crazy with moonlight. It will be a pleasure for you to read.

With that being said, I cannot wait to begin to share these stories with my kids when they are older and able to read more than their names. Additionally, there looks like an excellent website is in the making which I will have bookmarked on my computer as soon as I get it back up and running. Here is a link
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In this book a boy named Stanley and his friend Miranda bought a little stuffy named Zombiekins from a witch’s yard sale. The witch warned them not to throw the directions away but Stanley did anyway. When Stanley brought Zombiekins to school he came alive and started turning kids into zombies. Then they found out that if you throw the witch’s taffy at the zombies and they eat it they would turn back into regular kids again. My favorite part of the book is that all the teachers have funny names like Mr. Boldandgrumpy and Mrs. Plumdotty.

Drew B. age 9
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i bought this book for my niece because my sister reads to her every night and she has gotten bored with all the normal kid books . She really seems to lean toward the scarier kids movies so i thought she would like this . they only read a few chapters a night because she is only 5. She absolutely loves this book, She is constantly telling me about it! she is not very scared about it. ive read a few chapters its pretty cute and funny . I'm so glad i bought it!
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By Jackie on February 7, 2013
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Do you like zombies and do you like teddy bears? then this is the book for you. Zombiekins is a story about a boy who buys this zombie teddy bear who looks like a weird teddy bear with claws and an eye popping out of his head also has big sharp teeth. Then it comes to live and does all this horrible stuff like bites people and they turn into zombies. See if Stanly can stop this monster.
I really like this book because it's funny a lot of times and the teddy bear is a zombie that is price less. Another reason I like book is it's stupid and random and I love stupid stuff.
So if you like zombie bears that come to live this is the book for you. Happy Reading
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