Suppose you’re a seven or eight-year old. You’ve been hearing a lot about zombies – on TV, on the Internet, and on the school playground. You’ve even heard the word “apocalypse”. What does it all mean? How will you know if you should be worried about it? How will you know when it happens, and if it happens, what will you do? Children have so many questions, and answers are hard to find. Well, all you have to do is pick up the book, That’s Not Your Mommy Anymore, and your questions will be answered. Matt Mogk, a founder of the Zombie Research Society, has created a wonderful book for youngsters to help with their questions, and I was lucky enough to receive an advance manuscript to review.
The book takes us into the life of a young boy who is happily enjoying his life, eating Mom’s pies, singing with mom, playing with his dog – all the things that young boys should be doing. The story moves on to educate the young boy about noticing a change and how to identify strange behavior by his mother. The boy learns that at some point it may be time to skedaddle out of his home, and he learns how to identify when that time has come. Four or five good examples are shown of what to look for – biting, shambling, and my favorite:“When her voice sounds just like Daddy’s snore, that’s not your Mommy anymore.”
The boy continues to learn – what to pack, where to go, and what the outside world will look like during the zombie apocalypse. I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, but I think you’ll be satisfied by it. Mogk has written the book in what I think is an anapestic poetic meter, varying between a trimeter and tetrameter metric. What I’m trying to say is that the book is written in a whimsical, Dr. Seuss kind of verse which is very enjoyable to read for youngsters as well as adults.
The illustrator of the book, Aja Wells, has done a fantastic and beautiful job with the artwork. I will be buying an extra copy for the express purpose of cutting out a few pages to mat and frame for the office. I guarantee you’ll have a permanent smile on your face through the entire reading – there is a dichotomy at work here that tickles the brain – I mean Brainnnnssss! This book belongs on every zombie lover’s bookshelf.
Mogk was interviewed in an article about the book on Wired.com – he gives us some great insight into how and why the book was created, as well as some general background information that’s worth checking out.