Saturday, October 31, 2009

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE ZOMBIES: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

A BINGLE BELLS BOOK CHOICE

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GIVEAWAY ENDED
It's Beginning to Look
a Lot Like Zombies

A Book of Zombie

Christmas Carols

by Michael P. Spradlin

The snow is falling, the holiday

is approaching and…


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!


This delightfully depraved book of classic Zombie Christmas carols by Michael P. Spradlin is guaranteed to spread Yuletide cheer to all those good boys and ghouls who devoured the monster New York Times bestsellers Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and World War Z, as well as fans of 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead.


With an introduction by the inimitable Christopher Moore—bestselling author of Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck, and the classic “heartwarming tale of Christmas terror” The Stupidest AngelIt’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies is a great gift for stuffing into a Christmas stocking…provided you remove the bloody severed foot first!


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Fresh brains roasting on an open fire . . .

Outside the temperature's dropping. The snow is falling, blanketing the world in white. Sleigh bells are jingling. Soon it will be that most wondrous time of the year!

That time of flesh-devouring zombie horror!

Yes, Christmas is on its way—and all the little boys and ghouls are dreaming of stockings filled with candied eyes and bleeding body parts. You'd better watch out! Santa Claws is coming to town—and he knows who's been naughty, who's been naughtier . . . and who'll taste best with a nice glass of Chianti!

In celebration of this merry macabre season, we present a peerless compendium of more than two dozen of the most soul-stirring, brain-boiling carols composed specifically for the decomposing. Holiday favorites such as “I Saw Mommy Chewing Santa Claus,” “Deck the Halls with Parts of Wally,” and “We Three Spleens” are guaranteed to lift the spirits of the lumbering, shuffling undead and their temporarily still breathing meals-to-be. So put down your gore-splattered baseball bats and raise your voices in song! And sing loudly—to drown out all the screaming.

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL!

But this book is so delightful! It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols takes two dozen of our cherished Christmas Carols and turns them upside down, rewriting the lyrics from a Zombie point of view. Tiny tot’s eyes are no longer aglow, they’re in a bowl. Good King Wenceslas Tastes Great and we Deck The Halls With Parts Of Wally. You’ll find all the soon to be classic Zombie Christmas Carol Classics, like Zombie, The Reindeer and many, many more.

This is the perfect holiday gift for the Zombie fanatic on your Christmas list. With brilliantly gory illustrations by artist Jeff Weigel and an introduction by New York Times Best-Selling Author Christopher Moore, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies should be at the top of your Christmas Shopping List this fall.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Michael P. Spradlin grew up in Michigan rooting for his beloved Detroit Tigers. He collected baseball cards, listened to Tigers games on the radio, and talked his third-grade teacher into bringing her twenty-five-inch Zenith console television to school so the class could watch Game Seven of the 1968 World Series. Now he writes books, still listens to games on the radio, and hopes one day the Tigers will realize the error of their ways and offer him the third-base spot he has coveted for so long. He is also the author of the Youngest Templar trilogy, the Spy Goddess series, and several other picture books. He lives with his family in Lapeer, Michigan.

Michael Spradlin, author

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:

Children's Picture Book Writing and Illustration
Jeff wrote, illustrated and designed Atomic Ace (He’s Just My Dad), published by Albert Whitman & Company in 2004. Atomic Ace received a starred review in School Library Journal and was a Parents’ Choice 2004 Recommended Award Winner. A sequel, Atomic Ace and the Robot Rampage, was published in the Fall of 2006. Jeff also received a Don Freeman Award Honorable Mention from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for his picture book work in 2004.

Comic Book Writing and Illustration
Jeff has been a regular contributor to Image Comics anthology title, Big Bang Comics, for more than ten years. His work as a writer and illustrator on the character he created, The Sphinx, earned him a nomination for the 1998 Russ Manning Award For Most Promising Newcomer in the comics industry.

Book Design
Jeff art directed and designed the book Curt Swan: A Life In Comics by Eddy Zeno, a deluxe hardcover career retrospective of the artist who illustrated the comic book adventures of Superman for more than 30 years. Curt Swan: A Life In Comics received a nomination for the comic book industry’s prestigious Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Publication in 2002.

Graphic Design
Jeff has been a graphic designer for more than 25 years. At the beginning of his career he worked for Warner Books and Warner Publisher Services in New York City, designing promotional materials for books and magazines as diverse as Mad and Playboy, novelizations of major motion pictures and national best sellers. He has been a designer and creative director at Obata Design in St. Louis, Missouri for more than 15 years, working on a wide variety of design projects such as consumer product packaging, annual reports, national and local print advertising, and corporate identity. His work has earned him many design awards over the years. He has also taught packaging design at St. Louis’ Maryville University.


Jeff Weigel, illustrator


REVIEW:
There isn't much more you need to say about this book once you realize that it is written by best selling author Michael Spradlin, and the book is illustrated by the artistic and imaginative pen of Jeff Weigel. With over twenty-four beloved Christmas Carols rewritten from the point-of-view of a zombie, it is easy to see why this makes a perfect holiday gift--qualifying it as a BINGLE BELLS BOOK CHOICE--to enjoy from Halloween now and take one right through the holidays into December. Spradlin does not spare any fabled holiday hero or yuletide yokels...Santa or his red-nosed leader, Magi or Mansion, decked or not...all are fair game for this duo. You have to see the unique and clever presentations to believe it. You may chuckle but younger fans will rock on with this holiday horror. I can see my former students having the words memorized as they try and bring back the undead with these lighter fare lyrics. And this will be a book you will bring back out every year with wonder---wonder at which of the great graphics you can dress up like for Halloween next year! A fun, clever, and oh, so GORE-geously compiled creation filled with HAUNTING melodies!

GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO STEPHANIE AND MICHAEL
AT HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHING,
I HAVE FIVE COPIES OF THIS
HOLIDAY BOOK TO GIVE AWAY.


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57 comments:

Mike Licht said...

It's not a fad, it's a syndrome. Zombie Behavior Spectrum Disorder (ZBSD).

See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/seasonal-health-threat/

Zia said...

O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas song. I would love to win this.

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ladystorm said...

LOL, that is the funnies thing I have ever heard of I have to have this!

Umm lets see my fav. Christmas carol would be We Three Kings.

I am a google follower.

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holdenj said...

In a year when even Jane Austen is zombie-fied, Christmas was logically next! It looks hysterical! One of my favorite carols is The First Noel!
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Morning Glow from Novel Addiction said...

Aww, this giveaway is so great!!!

+1 My favorite Christmas Carol is probably Carol of the Bells, whether done by a chorus or an orchestra.. Ahh, I love it.

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Morning Glow from Novel Addiction said...

And...

+1 I'm a follower via google reader!

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A Bookish Mom said...

What an interesting book! I, Alas, cannot stand Christmas music in general. I am 28 and have heard it way too much. I am a little burned out.

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Anonymous said...

My favorite Christmas song- I'm dreaming of a White Christmas.

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Anonymous said...

I'm not a traditional google follower, yet. But I follow in my own way. I visit your blog, which I love, a couple of times a week. I would subscribe via email, but it's not available. Don't hold it against me. I really enjoy visiting.

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Misty said...

Oh my god, this is hilarious. I must have it. :D
+1 I love Christmas carols! My favorite Christmas carol (now) is Silent Night, but as a kid, it was O' Christmas Tree. I had a tape of Alvin and the Chipmunks singing it...

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Misty said...

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lag123 said...

I like Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer. It describes my family.

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I follow via google friend connect and google reader. Love your blog!

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Martha Lawson said...

I'd have to say "O Holy Night" is my favorite also..

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Todd said...

Up on the House Top was always a favorite of mine. Such a quirky little toon!

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Linda K said...

I also like O, Holy Night. I would love to have this book

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Wrighty said...

Well I just have to sign up for this one! With all brothers, sons, little nephews - this is a no brainer! (Sorry but I had to do it.)

I love Christmas carols but I can't stand how they start playing earlier and earlier every year. We have a nearby radio station that plays them 24x7 starting at Thanksgiving. Ugh. One of my favorites is O Holy Night.

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Wrighty said...

I am a loyal follower through Google and you're on my blogroll.

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Anonymous said...

One of my favorite Christmas songs
is We Three Kings.

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Lynnie

b1wheeler said...

I would have to agree O' Holy Night would be the fav.

ps. only good zombie is a dead one.

Xane and Dane Dravor said...

Following on Google Connect! That's one!

Xane and Dane Dravor said...

Here's the link to our TWITTER - where I just posted about this giveaway!

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Xane and Dane Dravor said...

For the third entry - A Christmas carol. Well not much on Christmas in general, music included.

There are some versions of songs I like however - There is a version of The Little Drummer Boy on here that is different and fits my tastes in music. http://bit.ly/22rPv8

Also not sure if it counts as a "carol" but Merry Christmas From the Family, always makes me laugh myself sick.

nullalux said...

My fav Christmas carol is O Tannenbaum. Don't tell my Jewish grandma.

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And I'm following the blog via Google.

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Debbie said...

My favorite carol is "The Christmas Song" sung by Nat King Cole. Just thinking about it gets me in the holiday spirit!
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Jolynn said...

One of my fav songs is Little Drummer Boy.
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nfmgirl said...

I love Silent Night

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Mitz said...

This sounds to cute to pass up. Would love a copy..

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mitz said...

I am a follower by google connect

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Mitz said...

I'm still a kid at hear I guess.
I still love Frosty, Rudolph and Jingle Bells for my carols.

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Deb K said...

My favorite Christmas Song is "Away In A Manger"

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Anonymous said...

I'm now following on Google Friend Connect.

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Bethie said...

My fav Christmas Carol is Silent Night.

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+1 I follow on Google

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Michelle32720 said...

Digging this blog and the giveaway! Zombies Rule!!

Anway my favorite Christmas song would have to be The Elf's Lament by the Barenaked Ladies.

My fave traditional song is Good King Wenceslas.

+1 follower on Google, btw :) My email is Michelle32720(AT)Gmail(DOT)com

minishoes1 said...

This would be so fun to win! My fave Christmas song is Jingle bell rock. Thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

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pixie13 said...

One of my favorite Christmas songs is I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. I'm immature. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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pixie13 said...

One of my favorite Christmas songs is I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. I'm immature. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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catss99 said...

My fave is Santa Baby--so upbeat;-)

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this book looks so interesting!

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Nancye said...

My favorite Christmas song is "Away in a Manger"

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Shadowofwonder47 said...

My favorite Christmas carol is rudolph the red nosed reindeer!

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