Take an imaginative ride through the mind of a young child who dreams of becoming a zombie.
A year ago, my husband Chris Hernandez, emailed me a concept for a story of our little boy Jack and his love for zombies. Being a schoolteacher, Chris hoped that I would put a twist on the story that would contribute to the many goals of this project; we want this story to entertain, foster creativity, and instill a moral lesson to readers.
A year later the first story of our collection is complete, "Jack and the Zombie Attack". It is a descriptive and poetic tongue twister that follows Jack's dream of becoming a zombie through a rumpus in his neighborhood. His dream becomes reality, but is eating human flesh what its cracked up to be? You'll have to read it to find out. The illustrations can only be described as fantastical, creative and brilliant in every way. The attention to detail and color will captivate the minds of children and adults alike.
Many have questioned, “How can you teach morals to children through a story about Zombies?” Children have rich and creative imaginations, and the lessons taught today should represent this. Through descriptive vocabulary, imagery, and a twisted tale, Jack will follow his dream. In the end, home for Jack never seemed sweeter. Children always question their parent’s authority, and must come to their own realization when they make a mistake, and this is how they learn. In this story, Jack comes to know, and learns to respect his mother’s warning. For those who feel that zombies are a little grotesque for children, just remember the creative minds of your childhood. In his poem "The Loser", from Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein portrays a child actually losing his head (Silverstein, 1974).
“Mama said I'd lose my head if it wasn't fastened on. Today I guess it wasn't 'cause while playing with my cousin it fell off and rolled away and now it's gone.”
Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak and Dr. Suess are all classic children's authors that never seemed to mind the rules, and children and adults love them the same.