January 10, 2020

Zombie in Love 2 +1 by Kelly DiPucchio, illustratrated by Scott Campbell

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Zombie in Love 2+1
by Kelly DiPucchio
Illustratrated by Scott Campbell

Mortimer and Mildred (the zombie couple from Zombie in Lovehave gotten married and pink healthy baby has joined their happy home.  Pink and healthy?  Sonny isn’t a zombie baby.  He’s just a regular baby and Mom and Dad aren’t at all sure how to handle him.  His teeth are coming in vs falling out.  He almost never cries.  And, worst of all, he’s awake all day!

Like many concerned parents, Mortimer and Mildred take him to the doctor.  He examines the pink, healthy baby and pronounces him – normal!  “I’d say you two are very lucky parents!”  Finally Mortimer and Mildred can relax and just enjoy their time with Sonny.

If you aren’t familiar with Zombie in Love, be warned.  This is true zombie humor. It is gross.  It is off color.  And it is 100% funny.  My favorite part?  When Mildred says that Sonny has Mortimer’s nose, she doesn’t mean that their baby resembles Mortimer.  Nope.  Mortimer’s nose is literally in the tot’s hand.

Scott Campbell’s illustrations add delightful details to this story.  The text reads that they are taking Sonny to the doctor.  The illustration includes the doctor’s name – Dr. Frank N. Stein, M.D.   The doctor’s assistant is in the background and looks more like Mortimer and Mildred than Sonny does.

No, I wouldn’t pick this book for fans of Fancy Nancy but my son loved zombies even when he was little. This book would have been perfect for him.  And if you have someone who loves zombie and all things gross and this person is about to become a parent?  Really.  They need this book.  They’ll enjoy the gruesome details and having a set of marvelous parents they can study for top notch parenting techniques.

–SueBE

October 30, 2019

Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, picture by Scott Campbell

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Zombie in Love
by Kelly DiPucchio
Illustratrated by Scott Campbell

Do zombies sound too gruesome for a Halloween picture book?  Then you need to pick up Zombie in Love and see how author Kelly DiPucchio handles her topic.

Mortimer is just a regular guy and with Cupid’s Ball coming home he’s ready for a change.  He wants someone special in his life.  But the girls just don’t appreciate his best qualities – his winning smile, his can-do attitude and his willingness to put himself out there.

In a final attempt to find true love, Mortimer places an ad in the newspaper (this is in there for the adult reader).  “If you like taking walks in the graveyard, and falling down in the rain. If you’re not into cooking, if you have half a brain…”

At the ball, Mortimer sits beside the punch bowl where he can see the whole room.  No one wants any punch but Mortimer watches friends laughing together and couples dancing.  As people start to leave, Mortimer hears a crash as someone knew arrives and, judging by the way she’s falling apart, she’s a bit nervous.

This story works for early grade school readers because the text taken alone has almost no creep factor.  It takes pairing the text with the illustrations to make it a true zombie story.  But since the watercolor illustrations are cartoony and silly it doesn’t become overwhelming gruesome.

If you have a young reader in your life who wants to get in on zombies but isn’t ready for the big screen version, read through this book.  My son and niece both would have loved it, but it wouldnt’ have been right for every young readers I’ve known.  Still, the right young reader will want to spend some time with the book, pointing out the silly-creepy details in the illustrations.

–SueBE

May 8, 2014

The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania al Abdullah with Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Tricia Tusa

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The Sandwich Swap
by Queen Rania al Abdullah with Kelly DiPucchio
illustrated by Tricia Tusa
Disney/Hyperion

Lily and Salma are the very best of school friends.  They do everything together from jumping rope and swinging on the wings outside and drawing pictures inside.  They even eat lunch together.  Lily has a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Salma eats a humus and pita sandwich.

Yet, in her heart of hearts, each of them thinks that the other girl’s lunch is a tiny bit disgusting.

Finally, Lily just can’t stand it and she says something to Salma about her lunch.  Salma thinks about the love that her mother put into making the lunch and says something about Lily’s lunch.  Lily is just as offended.  Pretty soon, hurt, angry words are coming from both of the girls and the other kids are taking sides.  With so many other kids involved, the taunts get worse and turn into name calling until some strikes the first blow — food fight!

Embarrased to be at the center of so much controversy, both girls get called to the principal’s office.  Together, they come up with a way to make things right.

This is an excellent book about prejudice without ever using the word.  Each girl is sure that her sandwich is the best, and even when she doesn’t say anything, assumes that the other girl’s sandwich is just wrong.  Neither girl has tried her friend’s favorite.  They just KNOW.

While dealing with prejudice, it also touches on what makes us US, on how we see ourselves and all of the emotions tied up in self identity.

Use this book in the classroom to spark discussions on both of these topics, but don’t be surprised if it is difficult to get these points across to young readers.  Adults have trouble grasping them too.

This one definitely deserves a place in every classroom and the office of every school counselor.

–SueBE

 

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