Reviews for How to Be a Zombie : The Essential Guide for Anyone Who Craves Brains


Booklist Reviews 2010 August #1
Using the tone of a self-help manual, this impressively designed book offers a guide to getting the most out of the zombie lifestyleâ€"whether you’re an undead yourself or just a fan. As the introduction points out, “Zombification is just the first step in a superfun and exciting adventure.” Indeed! The chapter headings say it all: “Roam Alone or in Packs?” “Put Your Best (Most Horrific) Face Forward.” “Décor for the Decaying.” “Lend Me a Hand: Fun with Prosthetics.” Broken down in easy-to-digest chunks, the tips leave no gravestone unturned, though some of the jokes are groaners (moaners?): for example, to battle rigor mortis, “consider taking up yoga.” More impressive, actually, is the book’s nonfiction component, which offers up well-researched lists of movies, books, music, comics, board games, video games, and events for zombie fanatics. There’s also makeup tips (use pieces of rice for maggots) and evenâ€"steel yourselfâ€"recipes. The grungy and bloody layout, which incorporates movie stills but is mostly original photography and digital collage, gives a first-rate sheen to an overall to-die-for package. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
Packed with lore from history and pop culture; nutrition tips; party playlists; dating advice; and even fashion do's and don'ts, this tongue-in-cheek guide offers a wide range of zombie-related information. Valentino is inconsistent about her intended audience, alternately addressing the newly undead and zombie-wannabes, but any reader interested in the living dead will find plenty of tasty tidbits. Reading list. Glos., ind. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2010 June #2

Heavy for its small size but light as a feather in content, this vade mecum for the newly necrotic fills garishly hued pages of coated stock with advice and superficial "information" about zombie varieties, makeup and fashion wear; zombie friends and predators; "zombielicious" party food, rock bands, reading matter, board and video games and more. Written in digestible blocks over generic but blood-spattered, heavily manipulated photomontages, the narrative goes down like freshly scooped entrails, thanks to its chatty tone and upbeat sentiments like, "With proper care any zombie can have a long, fulfilling reanimation," and "Nothing can stand in your way when you're comfortable in your own (rotting) skin." Compared to vampires and werewolves, zombies don't get their fair share of undead love outside of a handful of classic films; for partly decomposed—or still-breathing zombie wannabes—this is a shamble in the right direction. (index) (Faux-nonfiction. 10-13)

Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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VOYA Reviews 2011 April
Zombies have always been popular with a certain segment of the teen population. That popularity has increased recently due to the success of movies like Zombieland and the TV show The Walking Dead. Serena Valentino capitalizes on this attraction for the undead with a unique, funny, interesting guide for zombies. There have been books telling humans how to survive a zombie apocalypse, but this book is geared to the newly risen zombie instead, and serves as the "Essential Guide for Anyone Who Craves Brains." Valentino counsels the novice zombie on his origins, offers suggestions on finding fresh brains to eat, and gives advice on the latest fashions for the undead. She also lists the essential zombie books and movies for further information. Even non-zombie fans will find Valentino's book to be a fun and worthwhile read. It is full of useful, hilarious information. In the chapter "How to Pass as a Human," Valentino warns, "Humans rarely lurch, moan, or bite each other, so you should cut back on these habits." Colorful photographs of zombies are interspersed throughout the book, adding to its visual appeal. Zombie fans will most likely want to buy their own copy, but libraries should have one as well.--Jen McIntosh. 4Q 4P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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