The Booklist review of BRAINS FOR LUNCH came out today
I know we aren’t supposed to pay attention to reviews, but it’s still a little nerve-wracking waiting for the first one to come out. (And I admit – I TOTALLY pay attention to reviews.)This one came out with perfect timing, too, because I’ve been having one of those writer freakouts (“I’ll never write anything else! The first books were a fluke! How can I make it through these revisions?!”) Nothing like soothing a freakout with a lovely review. Here it is, from Booklist today (yay!):
Brains for Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku?!.
Holt, K. A. (Author) , Wilson, Gahan (Illustrator)
Aug 2010. 96 p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, hardcover, $16.99. (9781596436299).
How many stories feature a middle school with a student body composed of zombies, monsters, and regular kids, and how often are such stories told through a series of nearly 100 haiku poems? Loeb, a zombie, is the main character, and he manages to win a poetry competition, develop a crush on the school librarian, and wind up with a regular-kid girlfriend, all despite his taste for human brains. Teachers preparing to introduce their classes to haiku are bound to welcome this outrageous effort. Let’s face it: many kids encountering haiku for the first time aren’t enthralled by descriptions of water droplets on lotus flowers, but lines such as “Ivy tendrils fall / Dark loops splayed across my arm / Hair, not intestines” may pique their interest. Adding loads of zing are the drawings by cartoonist Wilson, the perfect illustrator for a story featuring zombies. A funny, irreverent, and unconventional verse offering that’s sure to find wide curricular appeal.
— Todd Morning