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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
In Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings by Crystal Marcos, young readers are introduced to Bartholomew Buggins who is a zombie and likes to eat cookies and pie. He likes cookies because they have fun little sprinkles instead of boring brain wrinkles. His brain is an excellent tool and he practices his math skills, sitting on his stool. He is a mellow person and finds it difficult to fit in with his friends who are loud. Bartholomew Buggins is creative; he likes reading books and strolling down the street. Though he becomes a mess when he drinks tea, Bartholomew Buggins likes drinking tea.
The story is adorable and it chronicles the life of a zombie who, instead of being scary and behaving like a monster, is friendly and lovable. The illustrations are delightful and they make the author’s words clear and the scenes vivid and lively. Written in rhyming couplets, the story is lyrical and encourages children to experiment with rhyming words while writing poems. The author makes zombies look friendly and nice, thereby removing the fear of them from the minds of young children. Bartholomew Buggins's character is well portrayed and his behavior is comical and infectious. Parents will find this book perfect to read out to their kids when they want to ease children’s fears when it comes to zombies. The book will be interesting for read aloud sessions because of its interactive theme. Books like this are good for children to read as it helps them get rid of their fears, if they have any.