This one of a kind children’s book takes us through the life of a zombie, explaining in the process why it’s okay to be a member of the living dead.
I have been waiting for a book like this forever, a book not only about why being a zombie isn’t such a bad thing (we don’t have many people on our side to state this fact) but that shows us in a light that even children can understand. Creators Nathaniel Lambert and Danny Evarts forever have my love for the generous thing they have done for zombie kind everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I would still devour the both of them before they could say “It’s okay” but that doesn’t mean I’m not appreciative of what they’ve done.
The first thing you need to understand about this book is that it really is a children’s book (or an unchildren’s book according to the cover). Don’t worry, you aren’t going to be getting anything as simple as See Spot Run or anything like that but it is none the less a children’s story book all about being a zombie and it’s even presented in the format you’re used to seeing in children’s books with a simple straight forward presentation that explains to kids why it’s okay to be a zombie. Now this doesn’t mean that it’s only for kids, in fact I think a lot of adults are going to get a kick out of it, especially if said adult happens to be a zombie fan and with a low price tag it’s not going to break the bank for anyone. The artwork is simple but different from much of what I’ve seen and it works perfect for the story. Add in the comedic bits about why being a zombie is okay and you have a recipe for one of the greatest children’s books ever written…at least to this shambling member of the walking dead.
Now what about the horror fan with kids? Would he or she be okay giving their little one a book about zombies? That’s going to be up to the parent in this case. I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, I let my 7 year old nephew take a look at it and he couldn’t get enough (he’s waiting for what I bring to him next now). I will let you know that there are bits about beating someone with a severed arm or turning a loved one into a zombie, but neither are these parts graphic or in any way to be taken seriously. Still, I’m sure some parents aren’t going to be too appreciative so just take a look through it and see what you think. I will say that I don’t see any problem with giving a kid this book but you’re going to have to be your own judge.
If you’re a fan of all things undead than I’d make every attempt to pick this one up as it complements any collection of zombie literature quite well, after all, how many times do you think you’re going to be able to add a children’s story to said collection. If you’re not a big zombie fan but just looking for something a bit quirky than I’d still recommend picking this one up or if you need a good gift for that little zombie fan than again, here you go. I only hope this isn’t the last “Unchildren’s Book” ever released.
The Undead Review
Published By: Baby Rhino Press
Written By: Nathaniel Lambert
Artwork By: Danny Evarts
Release Year: 2013