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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Abigail has a pet zombie. All of Abigail’s friends are also friends with her zombie. They do everything together, just as good friends always do. There’s a special day approaching: the zombie’s birthday. Now, we all know how important our annual birthdays are. After all, doesn’t a birthday symbolize how important and how special we are? It’s not just a calendar date that marks another year’s passing. Abigail’s zombie is excited: he’s picked his special cake and helped Abigail make up the invitations. All Abigail’s friends have purchased or made that special birthday gift for the special zombie friend. All, that is, except Abigail. She just doesn’t know what to give her pet zombie, this special friend who has always been there for her with smiles and sharing his courage. Finally, she asks him what he wants more than anything. What do you think that is?
Marie F Crow’s picture book story, Happy Birthday (Abigail and Her Pet Zombie Series, Book 6), is a fun story about friendships and special celebrations. It’s also a valuable lesson on what makes the best gift: “A truly perfect gift is a gift which always comes from the heart.” The plot develops nicely, following Abigail and her pet zombie’s preparations and building excitement over the upcoming birthday party. The climax, of course, is the revelation of Abigail’s special gift. With simple language and the text written in an abstract Gothic style (suitable for a zombie story), this beautifully illustrated book is a fun read. Young readers will certainly enjoy the special friendship between Abigail and her pet zombie.