Review of Zombie Mommy

th 14169864131 Review of <i>Zombie Mommy</i>Zombie Mommy [Pals in Peril]
by M. T. Anderson; illus. by Kurt Cyrus
Intermediate, Middle School    Beach Lane/Simon    222 pp.
10/11    978-1-4169-8641-6    $16.99    g
e-book ed. 978-1-4391-5610-0    $9.99
Mrs. Gefelty, Lily’s mom — worried now that Lily has begun appearing as a book character along with her longtime adventure-series-hero friends Jasper Dash and Katie — has figured out the perfect solution to her metafictive problem. Having noticed that mothers in children’s novels tend to die or disappear, she’s decided to retreat to a safe haven — only it’s not quite as safe as she thinks. This fifth book in Anderson’s good-humored satirical series gives new life — er, death? — to the paranormal horror novel and emphasizes the importance of reading comprehension if one is to avoid becoming a flesh-eating ghoul. Mrs. Gefelty believes she’s off to “the town in the U.S. where the fewest people die or something” when really she’s taken the headline “TODBURG, N.Y., DECLARED UNDEAD CAPITAL OF THE U.S.” completely the wrong way. Lily, Jasper Dash, Katie, and Drgnan Pghlik (the hot young monk from Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware, rev. 9/09) have plenty to do, as usual. They must free Mrs. G. from the clutches of a second-rate actress’s ghost and themselves from the withering scorn of snotty it-girl Madigan Westlake-Duvet, Katie’s obnoxious cousin from Manhattan. How lucky for them when it turns out they can kill two birds with one stone! Well, not “kill,” exactly…Kurt Cyrus’s black-and-white illustrations aptly combine the hair-raising with the tongue-in-cheek; e.g., zombies in matching “I’m with Stupid” T-shirts.

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Christine M. Heppermann About Christine M. Heppermann

Christine M. Heppermann is a Horn Book reviewer and a published poet. She is the author of City Chickens (Houghton); Bush v. Gore: The Florida Recounts of the 2000 Presidential Election; Twitter: The Company and Its Founders; and Whitney Houston: Recording Artist and Actress (all published by ABDO).

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