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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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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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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 620 (What's this?)
  • 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: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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This is an excellent entry and has a two part zombie spoof of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, be sure to catch some of the cameo appearances and jokes that most young people won't catch, likewise there's a Twilight spoof which actually made me laugh, the story Carrier seemed misplaced, this should all have been spoofs, but while all the stories are good, this failed to keep the tone consistent by having a totally different type of story. But this is recommendable and is still excellent despite this minor flaw.

Tales from the Crypt #8: Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid **** out of *****

-Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid: Part 1 *****
-Dielite ****
-Carrier ***
-Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid: Part 2 ****1/2

Violent Content: 3/10 - Some Moderate Bloody Violence, Zombie Violence, and Disturbing/Gruesome and Some Brief Gory Imagery.
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