- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781449486884
- ISBN-13: 978-1449486884
- ASIN: 1449486886
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies: A Bedtime Book about the Coming Apocalypse Hardcover – October 10, 2017
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About the Author
Paul Lewis is an English professor at Boston College, the president of the Poe Studies Association, and the author of Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict (U Chicago Press). A fascination with gothic fiction and horror films prepared him to publish “The Funeral Game” in Crazy Magazine while he was in graduate school, coin the word “Frankenfood” at the dawn of the GMO era, and write A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies. As a freelance writer, Lewis has published op-ed and humor pieces in leading newspapers.
Ken Lamug is a filmmaker, photographer, author, and illustrator best known for his children's book, A Box Story, adult humor book, Hurts Like a Mother: A Cautionary Alphabet, and as co-creator of the independent film, Vegasland.
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I was just looking for a fun spin on the traditional cutesy ABC’s book. The product description only highlights the fun excerpts from the book and not the politically charged ones. I was so disappointed when I read through this book as I thought it was going to be a fun way to teach my kiddo the alphabet.
I inherited my warped sense of humour from my beloved Nan (the coolest person I've ever met) who, despite her adoration of cats and adoption of too many to count throughout her life, owned a well worn copy of 101 Uses for a Dead Cat by Simon Bond. This was one of my favourite books growing up. I would page through it every time I visited Nan and ended up buying my own copy as an adult. The humour in this book reminds me of Simon Bond's.
My Nan would have loved A is for Asteroids, Z is for Zombies just as much as I do. Taking on some serious contenders for our impending doom, then adding verse that rhymes and lulls you into a false sense of security with the feel of a children's bedtime story, Paul Lewis has done a fantastic job with this book.
The illustrations, mostly black and white with the appropriate splashes of red, bring the words to life (or should that be death...). Kenneth Kit Lamug has captured the tale perfectly with simple yet detailed, devastating yet hilarious, scenes of destruction. I loved watching the father's expression change throughout his reading of Aunt Dorcas' thoughtful gift for Tim, her nephew.
I expect this book could be polarising but if you aren't my kind of person I doubt you'd pick it up in the first place. For those who do pick it up, you're in for a treat that I'm certain you'll be compelled to read more than once.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.