Dec 30, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies! by Michael P. Spradlin, Illus. Jeff Weigel

The holidays are a time for merriment and getting together with family and friends to celebrate and share.  Part of the holidays has always included caroling, at least for some people.  My husband and I love to sing, though we don't sing well, but we like to make up lyrics from time to time.   It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies! by Michael P. Spradlin and illustrated by Jeff Weigel is the perfect collection of remastered Christmas Carols to liven up the holidays.  There's even an introduction by the witty and dark humored Christopher Moore.

First, can you tell what classic novel this line's beginning resembles?

"It is universally acknowledged that there are very few literarypursuits which cannot be improved with the addition of zombies, which are to the written word as cheesy goldfish crackers are to life in general; those little cheesy goldfish crackers also improve nearly everything."  (Page VII)

Christopher Moore certainly has a unique perspective on literature and how it can be improved, but in the case of the zombie Christmas carol book, he may be correct.  Spradlin's lines are well placed and maintain the rhythm of the original carols.  Family members young and old will love to sing to these revised songs --  from It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, I mean, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies to Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly, oops I mean, Deck the Halls With Parts of Wally.

Zombie, the Snowman (Page 39)

Zombie the Snowman was a jolly, happy ghoul,
With a corncob pipe and some boy's nose
And two eyes he got at school.

Zombie the Snowman is a fairy tale, they say;
He was undead, it's so,
But the children know how he came back to life one day.

There must have been a virus in
That old silk hat they found,
For when they placed it on his head,
He began to dance around.

Oh, Zombie the Snowman was alive as he could be,
And the children say he ate brains all day,
And they ran from that Zombie.

Thumpety, thump thump,
Thumpety, thump thump,
Look at Zombie go.
Thumpety, thump thump,
Thumpety, thump thump, 
Over the hills of snow.

Zombie the Snowman knew the brains were fresh that day,
So he said, "Please run, because it's lots more fun when I eat your brain that way."
Down through the village with a femur in his hand,
Running here and there all around the square,
Sayin', "Decapitate me if you can!" 

He chased them through the streets of town 
And at a traffic cop,
And he barely paused a moment when he heard the cop's brain pop!

Zombie the Snowman
Had to hurry on his way,
But he waved good-bye, sayin', "Please do cry,
I'll eat your brains someday!" 

At a short 81 pages, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies! is a fun read and will have you giggling and guffawing and singing.  Chock full of gruesome and surreal drawings of zombies in Santa Claus suits and other holiday outfits are eye-catching, and add additional verve to the carols.  This humorous Christmas carol book would make a great stocking stuffer and an after-holiday gift.  Heck, it would just be a fun gift for birthdays, anniversaries, and any other occasion.

FTC Disclosure:  My husband purchased this copy for me.  Clicking on title or image links will bring you to my Amazon Affiliate page; No purchase necessary.


rhapsodyinbooks said...

Very cute! Thanks for sharing the fun carol!

Anna said...

That is too funny! I can't wait until lunch so we can sing some of these creepy carols. Softly, of course. LOL

Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

Rhapsody: I'm glad you enjoyed it. I know I did reading the whole book at the stupid sears auto place!

Anna: I want to sing them loudly...maybe we can get denise to come caroling with us around the office. LOL

Anonymous said...

Deck the Halls with parts of Wally should be part of every carollers repetoire!

Literary Feline said...

You know I had to actually sing the Zombie, the Snowman song out loud, right? LOL This sounds like a fun book.

Serena said...

I had hoped that by including at least one favorite carol that everyone would be singing!

bermudaonion said...

Oh my gosh, that is hilarious! I think my son would love this one.

Jenners said...

This is the type of Christmas book I would consider reading. And I'm a huge fan of Christopher Moore now, so if he likes it, I'll like it.

And I got "Mainline to the Heart" today ... I was like "What is this mysterious package?????" Thank you!

Alyce said...

What an unusual book! My husband used to change the words to songs all of the time when we were dating. If it weren't for the zombies this would be a perfect book for him. :)

Book Chick City said...

That is just so funny! I want that book! :)

Serena said...

Book Chick City: I think you would love this book.

naida said...

sounds like fun!! lol.

Ladytink_534 said...

If zombies didn't scare me so badly I'd love this (the song is really great and creative though). Maybe if it was done with vampires now...