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In this parody of a children's classic, a very hungry zombie eats his way through a variety of his favorite foods, including clowns, astronauts, rock stars, fingers, and brains. In this parody of a children's classic, a very hungry zombie eats his way through a variety of his favorite foods, including clowns, astronauts, rock stars, fingers, and brains.


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In this parody of a children's classic, a very hungry zombie eats his way through a variety of his favorite foods, including clowns, astronauts, rock stars, fingers, and brains. In this parody of a children's classic, a very hungry zombie eats his way through a variety of his favorite foods, including clowns, astronauts, rock stars, fingers, and brains.

30 review for The Very Hungry Zombie: A Parody

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jem

    At first, this book scared the shit out of me: Then I realized it's just a hilarious parody. Dad still had to clean up the floor, though. At first, this book scared the shit out of me: Then I realized it's just a hilarious parody. Dad still had to clean up the floor, though.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    Surely this isn't a kid's book 23 September 2015 One of the good things about having friends with little kids is that you can find some rather peculiar books scattered about their house. When I say little I'm actually mean really, really little (she's only just started walking, and upon discovering how to walk, she has also discovered how to explore, which can be a bit of headache at times, but then again I've been walking for quite a long time now and I still seem to have this desire to explore) Surely this isn't a kid's book 23 September 2015 One of the good things about having friends with little kids is that you can find some rather peculiar books scattered about their house. When I say little I'm actually mean really, really little (she's only just started walking, and upon discovering how to walk, she has also discovered how to explore, which can be a bit of headache at times, but then again I've been walking for quite a long time now and I still seem to have this desire to explore), which means the books are really, really simple – no Discourse on the Origins of Inequality for this little baby just yet (though I have been trying to talk them in to reading it to her as a bedtime story – it is rather short: that's probably why I never had any kids). Anyway, this book is a really quick read. In fact I managed to read it in the amount of time it took my friend to walk from the coffee table to the door to the hallway, and then start tapping his feet indicating that it was probably time for us to go, which is a good thing because I can now mark off another book that I have read for the year (though I'm not sure if books that take an entire two minutes to read actually count). So, you are probably wandering what a kid's book named the Very Hungry Zombie is about, and whether it actually is a kid's book. Well, I'm sort of wandering about that myself. Mind you, I can say what it isn't about – it isn't about this: (I just had to find an excuse to put this picture into a review – not that I've ever actually watched the series – I really don't have time anymore). What it is about is how a zombie goes and eats people, and once it has finished eating people, it then munches on a heap of brains, and then goes to bed. I probably shouldn't tell you what happens next (view spoiler)[(all the people that he ate become zombies, but then isn't that what you expect from a book about a very hungry zombie?) (hide spoiler)] because that will spoil all the fun. Oh, I probably should mention that it is a counting book because the zombie first of all eats two clowns, and then three football players, then four pro-wrestlers, and finally five rock stars, at which point he gets sick of eating people and decides to munch on some brains. It makes me wonder though – should we really be using books like this to teach kids how to read? It's only going to make them want to watch zombie movies when they grow up, and it is only end up encouraging all those film makers that seem to love churning out cliched zombie movies.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Tombstone Lives!

    YAY! Happy Birthday to me! YAY! Happy Birthday to me!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Ferguson

    The publisher suggests that the book is unsuitable for small children. I must say I entirely disagree. Last night my daughter picked up The Very Hungry Caterpillar by mistake, put it back, and asked me to help her find The Very Hungry Zombie instead. Being only one, she has no particular concept of horror, and she quite likes the interactive bit in the middle. Interactive bit? The bit where you say "He ate one ear." and she points to her ear, the "and he ate one eye" and she points to her eye, a The publisher suggests that the book is unsuitable for small children. I must say I entirely disagree. Last night my daughter picked up The Very Hungry Caterpillar by mistake, put it back, and asked me to help her find The Very Hungry Zombie instead. Being only one, she has no particular concept of horror, and she quite likes the interactive bit in the middle. Interactive bit? The bit where you say "He ate one ear." and she points to her ear, the "and he ate one eye" and she points to her eye, and so on. You don't get this with the caterpillar book. So, perhaps not suited to older children, but mine quite likes it. She's one of the few children I know who can accurately point to her liver, but that's OK. I'm not saying it is for everyone, but my daughter loves it. This review originally appeared on book coasters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    As evidenced by the title and cover, this is a parody of Eric Carle's classic story of the caterpillar. It was ok, but just ok--the only part that actually got an out loud reaction from me was the very last page (view spoiler)[where all of the people he had munched on come back as zombies, too. (hide spoiler)] . The art style and physical construction of the book (including holes in pages) was spot on. Cute, but again just ok. As evidenced by the title and cover, this is a parody of Eric Carle's classic story of the caterpillar. It was ok, but just ok--the only part that actually got an out loud reaction from me was the very last page (view spoiler)[where all of the people he had munched on come back as zombies, too. (hide spoiler)] . The art style and physical construction of the book (including holes in pages) was spot on. Cute, but again just ok.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Zombie mania is on the wane, but when this book was published, it's probably not surprising the walking dead shuffled into the increasingly crowded field of children's book parodies. The illustrations are humorous and entertaining and capture the feel of the original--those this version is not for toddlers! Zombie mania is on the wane, but when this book was published, it's probably not surprising the walking dead shuffled into the increasingly crowded field of children's book parodies. The illustrations are humorous and entertaining and capture the feel of the original--those this version is not for toddlers!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    My pre school students love this book! I always teach them not to be scared of creepy things/books/movies/ etc. They will read the books to themselves as well which makes me very happy. Also, if you teach the human body/organs this book is great to teach with it. Again, my students love this book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    I love a good parody, and this is a good parody. The zombie has to eat some football players but they are tough and gritty, eating rock stars gave it the munchies. Its humor a child would find funny, but that adults would get more out of it. #Wintergames #teamreadnosereindeer +16

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jayne Pixton

    Haha cute, but the original is obviously better

  10. 5 out of 5

    J

    Cute!

  11. 4 out of 5

    A.G. Salome

    Very stupid. I loved it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laurla2

    not sure how to classify this. is it childrens? not really. graphic or comic? kinda but not really.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    It gave me a good chuckle.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    i just loved this parody! kids who enjoy eric carle and have a sense of humor will read this again and again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katy Kelly

    The illustrations are spot-on Carle, it's brilliantly done. If you squinted you might think it was one of his children's books. But it's not of course, and it's best out of their hands for a few years yet. This isn't a hungry caterpillar innocently munching through fruit. With frequent use of similar language and word patterns, a very hungry zombie munches through tongues and feet, rock stars and clowns in his quest for a full stomach. This would make an ideal stocking filler / birthday gift for a The illustrations are spot-on Carle, it's brilliantly done. If you squinted you might think it was one of his children's books. But it's not of course, and it's best out of their hands for a few years yet. This isn't a hungry caterpillar innocently munching through fruit. With frequent use of similar language and word patterns, a very hungry zombie munches through tongues and feet, rock stars and clowns in his quest for a full stomach. This would make an ideal stocking filler / birthday gift for a parent who's read the original one too many times, or who has a wicked streak. I did find the punning a little forced and unnecessary but the concept, design and story are all spot-on and just hilarious. I got a library copy and the rest of the staff and I had a good giggle about our Storytime favourite being parodied. Chucklesome. My job now is to keep it from being shelved with the picture books!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I saw this book on Thinkgeeks, and just had to read it. A parody on The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Now with Zombies? Yes, yes, yes please!!!! The format is pretty much the same, there are holes (this time through heads and also through body parts) which make the book really fun. The story was fun, though I can feel a sequel must be around or is coming soon. The ending was a bit open, and I would love a book where our Very Hungry Zombie will eat up some more people. Is this book for kids? Sure, it is I saw this book on Thinkgeeks, and just had to read it. A parody on The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Now with Zombies? Yes, yes, yes please!!!! The format is pretty much the same, there are holes (this time through heads and also through body parts) which make the book really fun. The story was fun, though I can feel a sequel must be around or is coming soon. The ending was a bit open, and I would love a book where our Very Hungry Zombie will eat up some more people. Is this book for kids? Sure, it is not too gore, and I am sure kids these days see worse things. I am sure most kids will love this book and will devour it. :) The colours and illustrations are really close to the Caterpillar book, so there were waves of nostalgia going over me. I loved this book and I am happy that I found out about it. I am hoping for more parody books, I will be sure to get them. Review first posted on http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    A zombie awakes with a terrible appetite and eats his way through several groups of people he comes across until his appetite is fully satiated by a pile of brains. The version of this I read had a sticker on the front that said "Not for human children" for good reason. This is definitely a satire aimed at teenagers or adults. The pictures aren't overly gory or anything, but let's just say you could probably scar a child for life with this one. As an adult who understands dark humor, I did enjoy A zombie awakes with a terrible appetite and eats his way through several groups of people he comes across until his appetite is fully satiated by a pile of brains. The version of this I read had a sticker on the front that said "Not for human children" for good reason. This is definitely a satire aimed at teenagers or adults. The pictures aren't overly gory or anything, but let's just say you could probably scar a child for life with this one. As an adult who understands dark humor, I did enjoy as the zombie munched his way through groups of clowns, rock stars, and other well-deserving groups and thus fully appreciated the last spread (view spoiler)[if there's anything worse than a group of clowns, rock stars, etc its a group of zombie clowns, rock stars, etc. (hide spoiler)] . Only approach if you can laugh at zombies and their appetites.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Joining the ranks of Go The F* To Sleep! and Good Night, Bush is this spot-on spoof of Eric Carle's cherished The Very Hungry Caterpillar. From the color palette to the toy book construction (a hole in the page, pages of varying sizes) to the rhythm of the text, this adults-only parody will have you laughing and being nostalgic all at the same time. A masterly rendition, oddly sweet, and so very funny. Joining the ranks of Go The F* To Sleep! and Good Night, Bush is this spot-on spoof of Eric Carle's cherished The Very Hungry Caterpillar. From the color palette to the toy book construction (a hole in the page, pages of varying sizes) to the rhythm of the text, this adults-only parody will have you laughing and being nostalgic all at the same time. A masterly rendition, oddly sweet, and so very funny.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patrice Sartor

    I love [The Very Hungry Caterpillar] and I like zombie stuff, so I thought that I would love this too. While the artwork is spot-on, and the layout nicely mimics the Carle title it parodies, I just didn't find it funny or entertaining. I almost put it down as a kid's book too, but didn't since there weren't any youngsters around to test it on. It could provide a way to learn about parts of the body, I guess, though your child may ponder why these things are being *eaten*. I love [The Very Hungry Caterpillar] and I like zombie stuff, so I thought that I would love this too. While the artwork is spot-on, and the layout nicely mimics the Carle title it parodies, I just didn't find it funny or entertaining. I almost put it down as a kid's book too, but didn't since there weren't any youngsters around to test it on. It could provide a way to learn about parts of the body, I guess, though your child may ponder why these things are being *eaten*.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    1-star if you take into consideration the not-for-kids warning. It most certainly is for children. Far less terrifying than Grimm fables and a good way to ensure toddlers develop a healthy fascination of flesh-eating zombies that should last for years to come.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Clever, but a little forced.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Jenner

    He he he! This one completely tickled my fancy! Review to come!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beth Wood

    SO wanted to love this book. Alas, not very good. Illustrations great, very Carle-like, but prose tries way too hard.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    It was cute and funny.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Not as funny as I expected.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Liv

    A parody of the classic, The Caterpillar. Quick read, kind of funny, but 'meh' otherwise. A parody of the classic, The Caterpillar. Quick read, kind of funny, but 'meh' otherwise.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Nothing special or particularly funny. And taking on the Very Hungry Caterpillar? Blasphemy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kandice

    If your child enjoys Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Catepillar then YOU will enjoy this book. If your child enjoys Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Catepillar then YOU will enjoy this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mender

    Probably not that great if you didn't love the original. But I do, and this one has enough smarts to not just be a rip off of the original but to add to it too. Probably not that great if you didn't love the original. But I do, and this one has enough smarts to not just be a rip off of the original but to add to it too.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mortis Boys

    Not really three year old appropriate but my child is strange.

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