Mortimer the zombie is just dying to make a love connection. But he’s not just sitting around sighing over a bowl of stale eyeballs, he’s studying up, he’s doing the work. He’s giving gifts and writing poems. So what if the fancy box of chocolates he offers the charming young lady at the bus stop is riddled with worms? Is it such a big deal that the diamond ring he presents his favorite waitress at the diner has a finger attached to it? Why aren’t the ladies responding to Mortimer’s romantic overtures? He’s discouraged, but ready to give it one more shot at Cupid’s Ball. Will he finally find his perfect match, or will he be left cuddling the punch bowl and eating rotting brains alone all night?
Zombies are everywhere, so why not put them in children’s picture books? I picked this one up at library because it looked silly and I was curious, and my daughters have asked for it at least once a day ever since. Apparently there is nothing funnier to kids of all ages that a guy offering a “Valentine” to a girl that is, in fact, a real heart ripped from a corpse by a love starved undead young male. One of the things they find so amusing about this book is that there is always some sort of ‘reveal’ in the pictures. The text tells us that Mortimer goes shopping for a new suit, the picture shows us that he’s going to a funeral home. The text tells us that Mortimer smiled at the ladies at Cupid’s Ball, the picture shows us how terrifying and ghoulish a toothy zombie grin really is. And after Mortimer finally finds his dream girl (also a zombie), the text tells us that they dine by moonlight, and the picture shows us a lovely picnic of brains, severed body parts, and eyeballs. This book is a ton of fun!
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