My girls love Valentine’s Day and zombies, so when I spotted this book today, I thought it was too good to pass up and I slipped it into my cart for a surprise before bedtime! If you think that dating is hard, imagine being a zombie on a quest for love.
Mortimer, the zombie, is tall, dead and handsome and also looking for a sweetheart to take to the upcoming Cupid’s Ball. His smooth moves are left unrequited by the ladies.
For some reason, the girl at the bus stop does not appreciate his romantic gesture of gifting her maggoty chocolates and the mail carrier is not thrilled to receive a heart. It may have still been beating, but oh, well. It is the thought that counts!
With time closing in on Cupid’s Ball, Mortimer reads relationship books, works out at the gym (even though his falling arm presents difficulty), but nothing seems to work. He finally has the bright idea to write an ad in the newspaper seeking a date to meet him at the ball. The ad’s cadence matches the “If you like piña coladas…” letting parents in on an inside joke.
Mortimer waits patiently by the punch bowl and smiles at anyone that approaches it. The illustrations that consist of dull watercolors give this book a fun but spooky feel and my favorite illustration is the close up of Mortimer smiling up close and invitingly with his yuck mouth.
After a while, Mortimer realizes that no one is “dying to meet” him and gives up and begins to shuffle sadly home. Then he sees her. Mildred. The most beautiful zombie girl in the room showing the reader, that there is really someone for everyone.
If you see this book, you should definitely treat yourself to it! And since it is a book about zombies and love, you can use for Valentine’s Day and Halloween!