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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols Paperback – Bargain Price, October 27, 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I think it's really cute, especially for people who are into horror. This provides a cute way for horror lovers to introduce their children into the genre with twisted little Christmas Carols. The illustrations are adorable & the writing is nice.
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.Read more ›
This isn't for everyone, but if you're a zombie fan and want something a little different for Christmas, this is a neat little gift or addition to your own Christmas traditions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this to put in my daughters stocking. I just skimmed through it and thought it was really cute and funny. She loved it!Published 6 months ago by Sheila Holland
Goofy fun new way to enjoy classic holiday songs. Sick fun for everyone to sing along. Silly quick read worth checking out.Published 8 months ago by Krystl Klear
Nothing says Christmas better than Zombie carols. And it falls in line with our annual reading of the Stupidest Angel By Christopher Moore.Published 19 months ago by Shreimer
As described, product met all expectations. Quick shipping.Published 19 months ago by James Carrozza
Love it! Shipping was right on time and book was just as promised.Published 19 months ago by Deanna Yost
It was given as a gift. The recipient enjoyed it. Creative and a lot of fun.Published 20 months ago by Pat Glenn