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He’s limping strangely down the hall with outstretched arms and a groaning drawl. A zombie! Could it really be? You race to class, but turn to see he’s sitting in the desk right next to you! But odds are you’ll probably be okay, because this is no ordinary zombie. This zombie doesn’t want to eat your brains—he wants to eat your books! Hide your textbooks and your fairy tale He’s limping strangely down the hall with outstretched arms and a groaning drawl. A zombie! Could it really be? You race to class, but turn to see he’s sitting in the desk right next to you! But odds are you’ll probably be okay, because this is no ordinary zombie. This zombie doesn’t want to eat your brains—he wants to eat your books! Hide your textbooks and your fairy tales, because the little zombie is hungry and he doesn’t discriminate between genres. Will the school library be devoured, or will the children discover something the zombie likes to do with books even more than eating them?


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He’s limping strangely down the hall with outstretched arms and a groaning drawl. A zombie! Could it really be? You race to class, but turn to see he’s sitting in the desk right next to you! But odds are you’ll probably be okay, because this is no ordinary zombie. This zombie doesn’t want to eat your brains—he wants to eat your books! Hide your textbooks and your fairy tale He’s limping strangely down the hall with outstretched arms and a groaning drawl. A zombie! Could it really be? You race to class, but turn to see he’s sitting in the desk right next to you! But odds are you’ll probably be okay, because this is no ordinary zombie. This zombie doesn’t want to eat your brains—he wants to eat your books! Hide your textbooks and your fairy tales, because the little zombie is hungry and he doesn’t discriminate between genres. Will the school library be devoured, or will the children discover something the zombie likes to do with books even more than eating them?

30 review for I Want to Eat Your Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)

    Cute! Full review to come!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Eve

    Zombie Booklover Who knew Zombies were bibliomaniacs? Lefranc's Zombie really likes books...except he eats them! Zombie is cuttin up at school, eating and devouring every book in sight. He tries to consume the classics in the school library. Well, that does it! Ya can't eat Frankenstein. Zombie must be stopped. The students are quick to respond, but double trouble arrives in the form of a mummy who needs re-wrapping. Never fear. These kids are clever. I'm always searching for children books to a Zombie Booklover Who knew Zombies were bibliomaniacs? Lefranc's Zombie really likes books...except he eats them! Zombie is cuttin up at school, eating and devouring every book in sight. He tries to consume the classics in the school library. Well, that does it! Ya can't eat Frankenstein. Zombie must be stopped. The students are quick to respond, but double trouble arrives in the form of a mummy who needs re-wrapping. Never fear. These kids are clever. I'm always searching for children books to add to my home library. I have one little who shares my passion for books. I use story time as a means to cuddle my girl. She doesn't have to know that. She just loves stories. Thankfully, she prefers to read her books, not eat them. And, with Halloween around the corner, this book is a yummy treat for little readers. Lefranc uses rhyming verse to tell the tale of a book-loving Zombie who's starving for knowledge. He's going about it the wrong way. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is not dinner. I recommend reading a book. However, try telling that to our resident ten-month-old. Hayes has munched on his fair share of books. Like Zombie, we're hoping the baby learns to appreciate books with his mind... not his mouth. One last thing: Tyler Parker's illustrations are incredibly fun. Bright and witty, even littles that can't yet read will grasp the storyline. My kids loved the pictures. And, yes! Even Hayes the Bookie Monster was wide-eyed and curious.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Such a delightful zombie book. Thanks to my boyfriend for giving me this as a Christmas present! I loved it! I have been eyeing this one for a year, if not more, I kept hoping for it to come out in paperback, but it never did, thankfully I got this one for Christmas. Normally zombies would be all about brains, and more brains, but this one just wants BOOKS, books, and more books. And not to read, oh no, to eat. You can imagine what kind of chaos happens when you let this one loose in school, or e Such a delightful zombie book. Thanks to my boyfriend for giving me this as a Christmas present! I loved it! I have been eyeing this one for a year, if not more, I kept hoping for it to come out in paperback, but it never did, thankfully I got this one for Christmas. Normally zombies would be all about brains, and more brains, but this one just wants BOOKS, books, and more books. And not to read, oh no, to eat. You can imagine what kind of chaos happens when you let this one loose in school, or even the library. I felt sorry for the kids (they tried so hard to protect their favourite books), but also for the books, oh so much for the books. It was definitely fun to see what the kids tried to get the zombie to no eat/damage the books. They really tried a lot of ways to get the zombie to see the error of his ways. The ending? I was a bit surprised, and at first I wasn't happy, but quickly that turned back to happiness and it was a nice little touch and I was happy for the zombie (and alos for the book). The illustrations/art was wonderful, I loved how the zombie looked, and also the backgrounds were great. Definitely a style I wouldn't mind seeing more of. All in all, this was a fun book. Definitely right for us book zombies. :P Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sci-Fi & Scary

    Aimed at ages 3-6, I Want to Eat Your Books is a wonderfully cute story with a message. Told in rhyme, with fun illustrations, it leads us through a zombie’s first day at a new school (told from the viewpoint of the normal classmates). The message is simple: If you don’t jump to conclusions, you may find something you would have missed otherwise. Like a friendly bookivore zombie. There’s absolutely nothing about this book that needs work. Its perfect from beginning to end. Miss L (the resident 6 y Aimed at ages 3-6, I Want to Eat Your Books is a wonderfully cute story with a message. Told in rhyme, with fun illustrations, it leads us through a zombie’s first day at a new school (told from the viewpoint of the normal classmates). The message is simple: If you don’t jump to conclusions, you may find something you would have missed otherwise. Like a friendly bookivore zombie. There’s absolutely nothing about this book that needs work. Its perfect from beginning to end. Miss L (the resident 6 year old) giggled throughout the story, and when we were done, promptly asked me to read it again! You can find this and many other (full) book reviews at Scifi and Scary's Book Reviews Blog.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Bernard

    What would you do if a zombie was at your school and started eating your books? A young boy, named Eric, on his way to school is followed by a large limping green zombie. It’s a zombie boy in his class who chomps on Eric’s science book then has a mid-day munch on a paperback. This zombie loves books and lets everyone know. “I want to eat your books!” During a library visit something happens when Eric hands him a book about the brain. The zombie looks through the pages. He shouts “I want to read yo What would you do if a zombie was at your school and started eating your books? A young boy, named Eric, on his way to school is followed by a large limping green zombie. It’s a zombie boy in his class who chomps on Eric’s science book then has a mid-day munch on a paperback. This zombie loves books and lets everyone know. “I want to eat your books!” During a library visit something happens when Eric hands him a book about the brain. The zombie looks through the pages. He shouts “I want to read your books!” Suddenly a girlie mummy appears. She eats craft books and is looking for more, but the zombie boy comes to the rescue. What do you think happens next? Author Karin LeFrance has created a hilariously fun rhyming tale that will become any new reader’s favorite. Easy to read sentences and oversized colorful illustrations truly bring the story to life. Parents and teachers will find this story to be a great interactive read-a-loud. Librarians will laugh-out-loud as they share this story at their library.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Kings

    “I want to eat your books” is a very funny and cute story about the adventures of a group of kids and a zombie that only wants to eat books. The children get involved in a quest to try to save the school’s library when this very particular zombie starts devouring all genres, from non-fiction to horror and history. Honestly, I laughed on every page of this book, it is very well written and it’s an entertaining story not just for children, but also for grownups. Through this book, children will lea “I want to eat your books” is a very funny and cute story about the adventures of a group of kids and a zombie that only wants to eat books. The children get involved in a quest to try to save the school’s library when this very particular zombie starts devouring all genres, from non-fiction to horror and history. Honestly, I laughed on every page of this book, it is very well written and it’s an entertaining story not just for children, but also for grownups. Through this book, children will learn to take care of their books, to work as a team with a common goal, and to make a habit of reading. I would recommend it to parents and teachers, as it’s a great tool for the classroom as well as a bed-time story. I’ll definitely save it for when my son is older.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Leonard

    The rhyming feels natural and not contrived. Great for zombie lovers! Great for picture book lovers! Nom, nom, nom. Tasty book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Knepp

    It was a sweet book! It was okay 👌 but I thought it could go farther with the story

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey

    Cute Halloween-y book with nice rhythm and rhymes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Silvie Armas

    This is an adorable book about a little zombie who devours books. A little boy who's scared the zombie will eat his favorite book. Shows the zombie how fun it is to read books. We really enjoyed this book. We love books that go great with the special occasions we celebrate. Halloween is a favorite of ours and I always do all I can to make it fun for my boys. One of the ways we make it fun is by reading fun books. Here is a great book that is great for anytime but absolutely great for Halloween ( This is an adorable book about a little zombie who devours books. A little boy who's scared the zombie will eat his favorite book. Shows the zombie how fun it is to read books. We really enjoyed this book. We love books that go great with the special occasions we celebrate. Halloween is a favorite of ours and I always do all I can to make it fun for my boys. One of the ways we make it fun is by reading fun books. Here is a great book that is great for anytime but absolutely great for Halloween (because of the zombie). If you and your kiddos are like us, who love to read, and love Halloween you should check out this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Allen

    A zombie picture book...perfect for Halloween or for any time of year! The illustrations are adorable and the characters' love of books shines through as they defend their favorite stories from the zombie. They will have young readers falling in love with books as well! A zombie picture book...perfect for Halloween or for any time of year! The illustrations are adorable and the characters' love of books shines through as they defend their favorite stories from the zombie. They will have young readers falling in love with books as well!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    So adorable! I loved this. It's a nice change from the excess of witches at Halloween time. So adorable! I loved this. It's a nice change from the excess of witches at Halloween time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mama Bibliosoph

    There's a zombie on the loose at school! But he isn't after brains—he's hungry for books. All throughout the day, the zombie boy terrorizes the school, eating their textbooks and novels and occasionally screaming (much to the delight of my kids): "I WANT TO EAT YOUR BOOKS!" Of course, this all comes to a head in the library. Our hero grabs a book about the brain (clever) and, surprise! The zombie wants to read it. My kids love the silly book-munching zombie, and they enjoy my monster-impression wh There's a zombie on the loose at school! But he isn't after brains—he's hungry for books. All throughout the day, the zombie boy terrorizes the school, eating their textbooks and novels and occasionally screaming (much to the delight of my kids): "I WANT TO EAT YOUR BOOKS!" Of course, this all comes to a head in the library. Our hero grabs a book about the brain (clever) and, surprise! The zombie wants to read it. My kids love the silly book-munching zombie, and they enjoy my monster-impression when I'm saying its lines. The rhyming poetry is a welcome structure too. The book takes a truly odd turn when a mummy girl bursts into the library and begins tearing books apart. It's implied that she's doing this because she is coming unwound. The zombie boy helps wrap her up with bandages and this ends her rampage. The story ends with them sitting nicely reading together. This plotting is bizarre and my kids can't follow it (nor can I), but they still enjoy the silliness of this story overall. --- I review books for children from the perspective of a parent of kids with autism. The review above is part of a longer post about great picture books to read around Halloween: http://www.lineupthebooks.com/hallowe...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Gourd

    A new kid is in town and all he wants to do is eat your books... until the class goes to the library! Instead of eating the books he READS a book about brains! When the mummy comes and is tearing up books he helps fix her up and reads with her. Good to use to talk about how to take care of books, obviously. But I would also use it to talk about student’s choice of books. He wanted to READ instead of eat the book that was interesting to him.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Merry Jelks-Emmanuel

    This adorable story will definitely draw children in and have them all caught up in it as it unfolds. When the new boy comes to school, he starts off eating the books until one of the children opens up a book and he is asked to read it. From there the story gets even more interesting because he goes from eating to reading. I liked the story because there are so many teachable points in it where you can draw children in for discussion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Renee (LazyDayLit)

    A fun & enlightening zombie story for kids! This fantastic picture book features a zombie that wants to eat your books but learns that they contain much more than he thought!! Fun rhymes paired with age-appropriate illustrations! This is the perfect read-aloud for Spooky Season! Many thanks to the publisher for providing this ebook for free on Kindle. We enjoyed it a lot!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Fun but doesn't do much with the conceit. Fun but doesn't do much with the conceit.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christine D

    Super silly, but it will look great on my Halloween display at the library ;)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    My 4yo and I enjoyed this. The rhyming is beautifully written. I also used this to teach sight words eat and read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    A fun spooky little book about Zombies with a taste for books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Clorissa

    Great book for kids. I love how the children helped the monster learn to read and how to read a book instead of eating them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah T.

    ZOMG I loved this book so much! It is definitely going to be part of my next books with monsters or books about the library series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gmr

    As far as target audience appeal, this one has it in the bag. Little ones will have a blast with the zombie invading school and tearing through the pages of every book it can find. Okay, well maybe not the tearing through the pages part because frankly that gave me a mini heart attack, but I digress....loads of fun for the munchkins. Readers will love how instead of EATING the books, he eventually learns that READING the books is much more enjoyable. Definitely speaks to the adage you've probabl As far as target audience appeal, this one has it in the bag. Little ones will have a blast with the zombie invading school and tearing through the pages of every book it can find. Okay, well maybe not the tearing through the pages part because frankly that gave me a mini heart attack, but I digress....loads of fun for the munchkins. Readers will love how instead of EATING the books, he eventually learns that READING the books is much more enjoyable. Definitely speaks to the adage you've probably heard about how it only takes ONE BOOK to turn a non-reader into a reader. Basically this zombie gets voracious in the sense of the word we avids love! The illustrations are great...unique in style, simple in design, but stand out just the same. I can honestly see young artists out there trying to duplicate their form in order to create their own zombie stories....what fun! Older readers are where the questions come in... *raises hand* Yes, I am in that category because obviously (at least I hope so), I'm not in the "target audience" range. Does that mean I don't enjoy a good picture/storybook? Hardly! I adore my fair share of them, thank you very much, but I also question different things that jump out at me. Here, I can't help but wonder WHY a zombie. Grant it, I'm not a huge zombie enthusiast but as I am an avid reader, this book practically SCREAMED at me to take it for a spin. The "why the zombie" question actually comes in with the title and the zombies favorite refrain. I want to eat your books... add a Transylvanian accent and some blah blah BLAHs and can't you see this one actually going the way of the vampires? I get the devouring books aspect, whereas they would satiate the zombie because they are knowledge filled just like BRAINS, but the saying is SO CLOSE to the I want to suck your blood that I can't help looking for fangs. Also, what was with the mummy inclusion at story's end? They were in a school library, not a museum. Where on earth did she come from? Anywho...aside from the random head scratching moments, it wasn't a bad read. Definitely something little Judy or Johnny might clamor for on a weekend afternoon or for a quick trip through the pages before bed. It takes the paranormal craze and makes it accessible to the wee ones while driving home (like stake to the heart...okay, I promise, enough with the vampires) the point that BOOKS ARE GOOOOD food for the brain, no matter how you may have acquired them. **review copy received in exchange for my honest review, full post can be seen on my site**

  24. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Review written for and published by Portland Book Review on October 26th: In I Want to Eat Your Books a zombie child follows a kid to school one day. Instead of going after the children, the zombie starts eating all of their books! He scarfs down the science textbooks, munches on vocabulary books, but is chased away from chowing down on Frankenstein. The clueless teacher takes the children down to the library, a veritable feast for the hungry zombie! Thanks to some quick thinking, the kids show t Review written for and published by Portland Book Review on October 26th: In I Want to Eat Your Books a zombie child follows a kid to school one day. Instead of going after the children, the zombie starts eating all of their books! He scarfs down the science textbooks, munches on vocabulary books, but is chased away from chowing down on Frankenstein. The clueless teacher takes the children down to the library, a veritable feast for the hungry zombie! Thanks to some quick thinking, the kids show the zombie that it’s more fun to read the books than eat them. Their newfound peace is short-lived when a mummy arrives seeking new bandaging materials. Will the kids be able to save their precious books after all? The illustrations are cute, and not at all frightening, even for the youngest of readers. There are a few pages where the text is slightly difficult to see, which can slow down the reading pace. The story is told through in rhyming couplets for the majority of the book that children will find to be amusing and easy to follow. I Want to Eat Your Books is a charming Halloween themed children’s book that touches on the joy of reading with a bit of monster shenanigans. This is a great book for young readers, and one that parents will enjoy reading to their kids.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    Zombie shows and movies are quite popular among adults and now they have entered popularity among the younger population as well. In fact, at my daughter's school, they did a social studies lesson with a zombie theme and the kids loved it. This picture book for the youngest readers encourages a love of reading with a silly theme, a zombie who eats books. A new student, a zombie, his fellow classmates a little unsure of their safety until they realize that all he wants to gobble up are their book Zombie shows and movies are quite popular among adults and now they have entered popularity among the younger population as well. In fact, at my daughter's school, they did a social studies lesson with a zombie theme and the kids loved it. This picture book for the youngest readers encourages a love of reading with a silly theme, a zombie who eats books. A new student, a zombie, his fellow classmates a little unsure of their safety until they realize that all he wants to gobble up are their books. He doesn't care what genre it is or its size, he just keeps gobbling through the books, eating them one by one. Then the whole class gets to go to the library and the zombie is in book-chomping heaven....until he spies one book. Will that book change his diet and turn him into a book READER rather than a book EATER? Lefranc uses a rhyming scheme to tell this silly story and does it quite well. The words flow easily as a reader and none of them appear as a stretch to make the rhyme work. Parker's illustrations are vivid and large, filling the entire page. If I were still doing storytime at our library, this would make a great book to read out loud to the kids with plenty of opportunities for expression in your reading. This is one I'll be keeping in my substitute bag to read when I am in the lower elementary classes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aeicha

    Get ready to meet the cutest, hungriest little zombie ever! In Karin Lefranc's adorable and entertaining I Want To Eat Your Books, young readers are introduced to a one-of-a kind zombie who doesn't want to eat brains, but wants to devour books...omnomnom! Told through charming, silly rhymes, I Want To Eat Your Books is frightfully fun (heavy on the fun, very light on the frights) and amusing from beginning to end. The rhyming text is quite clever and wonderfully funny. Little readers will be both Get ready to meet the cutest, hungriest little zombie ever! In Karin Lefranc's adorable and entertaining I Want To Eat Your Books, young readers are introduced to a one-of-a kind zombie who doesn't want to eat brains, but wants to devour books...omnomnom! Told through charming, silly rhymes, I Want To Eat Your Books is frightfully fun (heavy on the fun, very light on the frights) and amusing from beginning to end. The rhyming text is quite clever and wonderfully funny. Little readers will be both delighted and deliciously aghast by the zombie's book eating ways. Illustrator, Tyler Parker captures Lefranc's addicting story with big, bold pictures that will engage and captivate the imagination with their use of whimsical colors and exaggerated details. I Want To Eat Your Books does three things (and does them wonderfully): -it celebrates the awesomeness of books and reading -it encourages kindness and friendship -it never gets old, no matter how many times you read it Number three on that list is important because the little readers in your life will want to read I Want To Eat Your Books again and again...but that's okay, because so will you!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    http://kachildrensbookreviews.blogspo... We received this book to give an honest review. The title of the book really called out to me to ask this author so when she sent it I told K hey look at this awesome book. We jumped right into and K and I both were laughing at how this zombie was hungry to eat books and not brains. The illustrations are perfect for this book and really captures what is happening. K really enjoyed the part where the zombie is looking at the book that has a brain in it. He wan http://kachildrensbookreviews.blogspo... We received this book to give an honest review. The title of the book really called out to me to ask this author so when she sent it I told K hey look at this awesome book. We jumped right into and K and I both were laughing at how this zombie was hungry to eat books and not brains. The illustrations are perfect for this book and really captures what is happening. K really enjoyed the part where the zombie is looking at the book that has a brain in it. He wants the boy to read it to him which K found to be funny. When the zombie finds the school library what will happen? Will he devour the books or will he calm down a bit? You have to read to find out. I highly recommend this book to those that want a really funny and cute zombie story it is perfect not only for the month of October as that is Halloween but any time of the year. I see us reading this book more and more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Mullen

    I read this book to my second grade class and asked the students what they really liked about the book and their hands shot up. Here are a few of their comments: *clever title *title page with the monster coming out of the cemetery *how the words sound like a song when read – the rhyming words *colorful and detailed illustrations *happy ending – how it ends in the moment *big words the zombie says…because they are fun to read as a class *that the zombie realizes that reading is really fun This book is p I read this book to my second grade class and asked the students what they really liked about the book and their hands shot up. Here are a few of their comments: *clever title *title page with the monster coming out of the cemetery *how the words sound like a song when read – the rhyming words *colorful and detailed illustrations *happy ending – how it ends in the moment *big words the zombie says…because they are fun to read as a class *that the zombie realizes that reading is really fun This book is perfect for teaching rhyming words and thinking what would make sense. Simply cover up the second rhyming word and having students use context clues to figure out what would make sense. As a read aloud, I didn’t even get halfway through the book and the students were eager to join in reading aloud. This is one of those books where students are sitting in groups reading it together whenever they get a chance.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gita

    About a book-eating zombie who threatens a school library, I Want to Eat Your Books trumpets the pleasures of reading (and eating). It’s great to see a book full of kids who value books and who figure out a clever way to stop the zombie from destroying their treasures. The illustrations are vibrant and active. The zombie (and the mummy who appears later) are just frightening enough—even the littlest reader will feel appropriately scared. In addition to the idea that books are for reading, not ea About a book-eating zombie who threatens a school library, I Want to Eat Your Books trumpets the pleasures of reading (and eating). It’s great to see a book full of kids who value books and who figure out a clever way to stop the zombie from destroying their treasures. The illustrations are vibrant and active. The zombie (and the mummy who appears later) are just frightening enough—even the littlest reader will feel appropriately scared. In addition to the idea that books are for reading, not eating, Lefranc’s story also touches on “the new kid” and the challenges that can present for young children. The book encourages tolerance and working through issues with others—even if that person might be a zombie. Fun for Halloween or any time of year.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    MY THOUGHTS: My kids and I were laughing so hard when we read this book! What kid, especially boys, don't love a funny book with zombies in it...Zombies that eat books none the less! It is so fun to read because of the cadence of the story...with the rhyming text and sing song way to reads! In addition to that the pictures are hilarious and the Zombie is adorable! Adorable I say!!! The Zombie is also so endearing...after he discovers that books contain facts all he wants to do is be read to! Inst MY THOUGHTS: My kids and I were laughing so hard when we read this book! What kid, especially boys, don't love a funny book with zombies in it...Zombies that eat books none the less! It is so fun to read because of the cadence of the story...with the rhyming text and sing song way to reads! In addition to that the pictures are hilarious and the Zombie is adorable! Adorable I say!!! The Zombie is also so endearing...after he discovers that books contain facts all he wants to do is be read to! Instead of filling his belly with books he fills his mind with the knowledge contained inside the books! What a great lesson for kids! With a silly and engaging story with colorful and vibrant pictures leads to a 5 star read! Brilliant book!

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