Zombie in the Basement


Children - Social Issues
32 Pages
Reviewed on 01/26/2016
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Author Biography

A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Brian Parker was born and raised as an Army brat. He’s currently an Active Duty Army soldier who enjoys spending time with his family in Texas, hiking, obstacle course racing, writing and Texas Longhorns football. His wife is also an Active Duty soldier and the pairing brings its own unique set of circumstances that keep both of them on their toes. He's an unashamed Star Wars fan, but prefers to disregard the entire Episode I and II debacle.

Brian self-published four books before signing a 4-book contract with Permuted Press. His novels GNASH and Enduring Armageddon were previously self-published and will be re-released by Permuted along with two previously unpublished works, REND and SEVER. The three-book series, Washington, Dead City, will be released consecutively in February, March and April 2016.

Besides the growing collection of sci-fi and horror works, he is also the author of several non-horror works, including the children’s picture book Zombie in the Basement which is written to help children overcome the perceived stigma of being different than others and Brian is the founder of Muddy Boots Press, an independent publishing company that focuses on quality genre fiction over mass-produced books.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite

Zombie in the Basement by Brian Parker is a 32-page children's book highlighting the social issue of bullying in a fun new way. Alfie is a zombie who lives in Andrew's basement. Alfie plays with Andrew and his friends, but some of the other kids at school and even adults in the neighborhood don't like Alfie the zombie because he's "different." Alfie gets called names and told he doesn't belong. Even the neighborhood dog steals Alfie's foot and leads the boys on a case to try to get their friend's body part back, which they reattach with duct tape. Andrew and his friends stand up for Alfie and reassure the zombie that he's their friend and he is loved, no matter how different he may be.

As it says in Zombie in the Basement by Brian Parker, everybody is different and that's a good thing. It was good to show differences and explore how children embrace their individuality, which the book did, but even the zombie's best friend Andrew called Alfie "stinky" quite a few times, which wasn't a very nice way to explain to the zombie why he was different. However, Zombie in the Basement does get the message across that we have to give others love and support and let them be themselves. I enjoyed this children's book because I love zombies and because it told a good story of how people should not reject others just because they might be different.