Mortimer the zombie is lonely. Cupid’s Ball is approaching and he has no one to take. He does try hard, giving girls candy, hearts, and even diamonds. But something about him seems to turn them off. He tries reading advice books, working out, and dance lessons, but nothing worked. Finally, he takes out an ad in the paper (which Jimmy Buffet fans will be able to hum along to) that invites that special someone to meet him at Cupid’s Ball. He dresses up and sits by the punch bowl. But no one takes any notice of him. Finally, he decides to leave, until he hears a crash behind him, just in time.
DiPucchio fills this book with plenty of zombie puns. Just the personals ad alone offers plenty of laughs. She has created a book that works on many levels. Children will enjoy the simple storyline while tweens and teens will get the puns and antics.
A lot of the humor is visual in this book. Campbell’s illustrations have a great wild and zany quality to them that suits the story. From the dangling eyeball of Mortimer’s skeleton dog to the worms that appear throughout the book, there is plenty to love here.
A wonderful pick for either Halloween or Valentine’s Day or any day in between, this book is a funny look at love, zombie style. Appropriate for ages 6-12.
Reviewed from copy received from Atheneum Books for Young Readers.