Nothing Says Love Like Zombies and Robots!

February 11, 2013




Lookee what I got for you today Valentine warriors! I think you have to be a warrior of sorts to make it through Valentine's Day unscathed. Valentine's Day is a no foolin' holiday. It wants to get ya. It wants to get ya and make you eat chocolate. (I rarely make it unscathed through Valentine's Day. I am not a warrior.)

Guess who sent me this book? ANNETTE SIMON, the creator of this story o' fun, because apparently she's awesome that way. I wrote a comment on Carter's blog when she reviewed this book, it kinda looked like this : "!!!!!!!!OMG!!!!Zombies AND Robots!!!!!!"

It was a lovely and succinct comment, full of nuance and intelligence.

I was so excited for 'Robot Zombie Frankenstein' to arrive and when it did, I was not disappointed. It was even cuter and more fun than my already sky-high expectations were hoping for!

Let's just put it this way. Your preschooler is going to think this is THE GREATEST BOOK EVER. And they might learn about the fun shapes that can adorn a robot and/or a zombie, which is Very Useful Information indeed.

Because who, I ASK YOU WHO, cannot get behind two robots who are attempting to outdo each other by increasing the level of their awesome by pretending to be the mightiest master extraordinaire of ROBOT ZOMBIE FRANKENSTEIN PIRATE SUPERHERO-IN-DISGUISE OUTER SPACE INVADER-ness?????

And THAT, my lovelies, is without a doubt the finest sentence I've ever had the pleasure of writing.

This art is like, KAPOW!

FUN! Such crisp and clean graphics, nicely oversized on the page.

ROBOT ZOMBIE FRANKENSTEIN! YEAH! I could do this all day long, but I won't.

Looking for the perfect present for that special 4 or 5 year old in your life? Well here it is. Because NOTHING SAYS LOVE LIKE ZOMBIES.

(and the cherry pie at the end? pure brilliance. this is easily the coolest picture book I've seen in a long while. Miss Annette: you're a rad chick!)





21 comments:

  1. You have saved my bacon. I didn't know what to do for Valentine's Day (I'm getting awfully Scrooge-like about candy), but obviously I have to go to the bookstore and get this book for my 5-yr-old (who was Frankenstein for Halloween and can do a mean robot dance). Or perhaps Amazon, if I don't manage to get dressed today.

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    1. I hear you!!! I am very pro candy, really. But I just don't understand how candy on Valentine's Day in schools has become expected, how it has overtaken Halloween as a candy holiday. I steadfastly just get cards for J to hand out and that's it. The card is the gift. I don't feel the need to give a gift along with it! Of course this might all come to a crashing halt if J starts noticing and then asks to give a sticker or something along with her cards, but until then....just cards, baby!

      And for J's personal Valentine's gift, I got her a mini ceramic mug that has hearts on it and mini tin of cocoa :)

      thank you for allowing me that wee vent :)

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    2. Just this year, our elementary schools started a "no edible treats" policy. Candy should be special, but kids were bringing it home every week from someone's birthday or any passing holiday (and it's BAD candy--half of it gets tossed just because nobody likes it!). I'm just thankful the pressure's off to send in goody bags for the entire class. It's still a free-for-all at preschool, though.

      I love the cocoa idea--my kids would love that (especially if I spring for mini marshmallows). Even the 10-yr-old, who isn't sure whether it's still cool to hand out valentines in 4th grade.

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  2. Omigosh, this looks fantastic! I think my favorite Valentine's book is Zombie in Love, but this looks sillier and more like something the kids would love. Awesome sauce!

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    1. oh man I've heard of that book but I haven't read it YET -- looks hilarious!!! kids are totally into zombies these days, it's wild how zombies have really permeated the public consciousness -- half the girls in J's class last Halloween were wanting to be some kind of something-zombie. Like, vampire-zombie. Or superhero-zombie. Or princess-zombie. So wacky!

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  3. So colorful and bright! Looks great!

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    1. I really really like the giant size art popping against the glossy white. the book in general is big. you can really SEE that robot-zombie! :)

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  4. This book looks really cute. Do you think I could give it not to a preschooler but to an engineer? I never ever know what to get my husband for Valentine's Day/Anniversary/Birthday/Christmas. Mostly we just buy our own gifts. So romantic...

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    1. SURE! my husband thought it was very cool :) -- speaking of husbands and gifts, i was ranting about the candy scenario in schools, going 'The CARD is the GIFT!" and he was like, "really? AWESOME! Please remember that when I give you your card."

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  5. So you're saying you like it? ;) It looks awesome, hope I can find it somewhere! My husband and I had a similar conversation this morning- him: "I'm sorry, Honey, this Valentine's Day is going to be kind of opposite of normal..." Me: "You mean you're going to make it a big deal and make me a card and bring me flowers that weren't left over from work?"

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    1. ha ha! Once you've hung out with me here for awhile, you'll get very well acquainted with my....ZEAL.

      you'll have to share! about the big Valentine's surprise!

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  6. This book looks hilarious! I've gotta get this to read to my kids one day :)

    Hope you and Julia are taking care! All the best x

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    1. we are well and good Mr. Hamilton :) ~ I always feel the need to address you formally because I think of you as a such a well mannered young man and also because you're a Brit :)

      Just think of the jump ahead you're getting in book ideas for your future kids! So impressive!:)

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  7. Such a fun book! Especially, the cherry pie ending. I mean... really. Name a bad book that ends with pie. There isn't one.

    Great post, Melissa! Always love your book reviews!

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    1. Thank you so much Rebecca!! I agree 100%. Cherry pie makes for the perfect Happy Ending :)

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  8. Aw, Melissa. Thanks for the sweet words. The robots (and robot zombies, robot zombie pirates, and robot zombie pirate superheroes) that I know, love you right back.

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    1. It was my pleasure. Thanks for creating such a fun book Annette!

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  9. Hooray for robot zombie pirates! I'm telling you right here right now my children would love this book with all their hearts! In fact I've recently been informed that Snoopy doesn't even like Valentines Day one bit cause its all too mushy and filled with love. And he doesn't even love anyone other than me, Trapper and Kit. So There. I think the solution to this problem is robot zombies!

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    1. Doesn't it seem as if zombies are the answer to most anything? when you stop and think about it? ;)

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