Thursday, January 25, 2018

Zombelina Dances the Nutcracker

Written by: Kristyn Crow and Molly Idle

First line: It's me, Zombelina, a tryouts the old opera house with my CORPSE de ballet.

Why you should read this book: Light-hearted and a little bit silly, this beautifully illustrated book is written in heroic couplets and tells the story of a little zombie girl who wants to play Clara in the Nutcracker, but also wants her best friend to be happy, and also has to keep the ghost of her grandfather from electrocuting the cast on opening night, because that is a hilarious prank. Little kids seemed to enjoy the story but also to not understand parts of it, having no grounding in ballet or electricity. The also wanted to know how there could be a story that was both Halloween and Christmas and I asked them if they hadn't seen The Nightmare before Christmas, assuming their parents were all heathens, but then they said they had seen it, so that part started to make sense to them anyway.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You don't think Halloween and Christmas go together.

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