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“How to be a Zombie: The Essential Guide for Anyone Who Craves Brains” by Serena Valentino November 27, 2011

Filed under: Non-Fiction,Young Adult,Zombies/Undead — hilariouslibrarian @ 11:01 pm
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Valentino, Serena. How to be a Zombie: The  Essential Guide for Anyone Who Craves Brains. San Francisco, Calif.: Weldon Owen Inc., 2010. 136 pp. ISBN: 9780763649340

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Thoughtful and well-researched, this book is essential for any zombie just starting out. It covers all the big topics – finding the right style, food, lodging, travel, and how to throw a killer party.


There’s more to being a zombie than just eating a few brains. To really enjoy life as undead to the fullest, a new zombie might need a little help choosing the right clothes, the right car, finding a place to live, and understanding how to care for the heap of rotting flesh that is all they have left for a body.

Luckily, Serena Valentino has pulled together everything a new zombie needs to know into one handy guide. If you’re starting to shamble a bit, crave you some flesh, and carry an undead stank with you, it’s time to open this book. Valentino jumps right in with a quiz to help you figure out your zombie archetype. Once you have that locked down, you’re ready to learn more about zombie history, the science behind zombification, zombie anatomy, and meal planning.

Above all, Valentino wants to send a message that you don’t have to live like a one-dimensional movie character just because you’re now among the ranks of the undead.

“It’s fun to be a Zombie!” she proclaims. “Even though attitidues toward zombies are changing in both the living and undead communities, it’s a general misconception that being a zombie isn’t fun. Aside from the wounds, missing limbs, stench, and general mess, this simply isn’t true. Being a zombie can be tremendously fun …”

Teen View (thoughts about zombies):

“Zombies are my least favorite mythical creature. They just stumble around and try to eat brains. They’re not very interesting.” – Kayla, 16

“Zombies are cool. They run around saying, ‘Aaaah! I want to eat your brains.’ But I don’t really like zombie books.” – Sabrina, 14


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