Thursday, December 27, 2012

The very hungry zombie: A parody by Michael Teitelbaum and Jon Apple

There are some classics that are just asking for a parody, and The very hungry caterpillar has finally met its match in this funny (and also strangely charming) parody.  The book does not stray too far from the original Eric Carle story, either in terms of illustration style or format, but it has a wicked sense of humour that is both subtle and utterly dead pan at the same time.

This is not a book for the kiddies, it is definitely one for the adults.  The images and words are not suitable for younger children, although older children may appreciate the rhyme.  One of the biggest things that bugged me about the book was the mistake near the beginning - the moon "shone" down on a corpse, it did not "shown" down on a corpse.

This was loads of fun to read and it was passed around the workplace and the house with plenty of glee - it is not often that a parody manages to capture the charm of the original while also making itself completely silly.  A must read - though maybe not during halloween.

If you like this book then try:
  • Go the f**k to sleep by Adam Mansbach
  • All my friends are dead by Avery Monson and Jory John
  • If you give a kid a cookie, will he shut the f**k up?: A parody for adults by Marcy Roznik and Miranda Lemming
  • OMG! That's not my husband ... by Kasey Edwards
  • OMG! That's not my baby ... by Kasey Edwards

Reviewed by Brilla

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