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"Zombie Cat" Book Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Skyhorse Publishing



Written by Isabel Atherton
Illustrated by Bethany Straker
2012, 32 Pages, Fiction
Released on October 1st, 2012


Oh, Zombie Cat.  What kind of mischief are you getting into?  The decomposing kitty just wants a little love and affection...and brains.  Is that so much to ask?  Zombie Cat is done in the style of a children's book, but I don't know if you'd really want to share it with your kids.  It tells the story of Tiddles, a suave cat that wanted nothing more than to chase mice, lounge around, and chat up the lady cats.  Everything changed when the local nuclear power plant had a spill.  Tiddles was bit by an infected mouse and...well, you can guess what happens next.

Each page of the book is coupled with an illustration by Bethany Straker.  The images are beautiful and really are like something out of a kid's book.  They're fun and are far from scary but can be a little disturbing at times.  Tiddles is literally decomposing.  This involves his body splitting open, one of his eyes falling out, and all kinds of pus.  It's gross.  That being said, there are some of them that I wouldn't mind getting framed and hanging on a wall in my house.

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Author Isabel Atherton jumps onto the zombie bandwagon with this book, but puts a new spin on it.  We've never really seen zombie animals, much less an undead house cat.  I'm sure there are a good number of people out there that hope that Garfield gets killed whenever they pick up the newspaper, but it'll never happen.  Despite the fact that he eats an unhealthy amount of lasagna and doesn't exercise, he'll never die.  Zombie Cat is the perfect answer to that, except it's actually funny and entertaining.  The cat gets bitten and dies.  As pieces fall off of him, his owner takes him in again and the two find a way to live together and survive the zombie apocalypse.  Atherton actually provides a good reason for the owner to keep the cat around.  

Zombie Cat is the type of book that you can leave out when you're having company over.  It's the kind of thing that's an instant conversation starter.  "Hey, have you read the story about the decomposing kitty?"  I know you're probably tired of zombie stories at this point, but if you have room for just one more, make it Zombie Cat.









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