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3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  1,043 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
Stanley Nudelman turns the boring town of Dementedyville on its head when he buys a mysterious toy at his neighbor's yard sale. Sure, Zombiekins looks cuddly and creepy-cute - but expose him to moonlight, and strange things happen. When Stanley brings Zombiekins to school, he unleashes the worst zombie plague in fourth-grade history! Can Stanley find the courage to save th ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Razorbill (first published June 24th 2010)
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Mar 03, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ongoing joke, captured perfectly, is that school students are so gross and unruly and school teachers so self-righteous and oblivious that nothing changes when the students at Dementedyville's elementary school are all gradually turned into zombies. No one notices, except our protagonist and his best friend, who have accidentally brought this danger to the school in the form of Zombiekins. Zombiekins is a strange stuffed toy that Stanley bought at a yard sale, a sale at Number 4 Shadow Lane, ...more
Jun 13, 2011 Akoss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creepy-mg, all-mg
When Stanley got a macabre looking stuffed animal at a yard sale hosted by an old lady rumored to be a witch, he didn't think anything of it. The stuffed animal even came with it's own packaging box and instructions but Stanley discarded them without a second thought. The next day he took the toy to show off at school and next thing he knew, students at his school started turning into zombies.

I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It was equally funny, outrageous and unbelievable.
This is one of those laugh-out-loud kid books that adults will enjoy reading too -- I mean, what kid is going to understand the sentence "Elsewhere in the school, it was center time downstairs in Ms. Mellow's kindergarten and the classroom was bustling with non-gender-specific-role-playing activities," and what adult isn't going to think that's hilarious?

This one has pretty much everything a 4th grade boy could want -- humor, disgustingness, and...well...zombie stuffed animals.
Jul 20, 2010 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My inner 3rd grade boy loved this! Creepy, funny, lots of ick... A toy bought at a garage sale (from the Widow Imavitch, hint hint...) comes with strict instructions, which are, of course, not read by its new owner. Destruction and zombie transformations ensue! A sequel to come. Worth it for the illustrations alone!!
Jul 26, 2010 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-fiction
this book was so funny, and even my 17 year old said, I need to read this. Great story for school agers, but dialogue and narrative that is great for adults as well.
Aug 17, 2010 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Bolger has a hit here!! Boys will love this romp through the supernatural. A sure hit for reluctant readers.
Ralfie Amaya
I luv this book
Piper Larson
Feb 15, 2014 Piper Larson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish it , it was so bad
Potomac 5th/6th Grade
I definitely recommend this book if you like zombies, witches and funny things. My book was Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger. It has wonderful pictures. One of the things I didn’t like is that on a couple of pages the words had a ridiculous amount of spaces or no spaces at all. Stanley and Miranda are the main characters. Stanley is a wimp and Miranda is brave. My favorite quote is “We aren’t afraid of you Dwayne!” Said Miranda. “Yes we are!” Stanley squeaked.(view spoiler) ...more
The Rusty Key
Oct 26, 2010 The Rusty Key rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Becca Worthington

Recommended for: Ages 9-11

One Word Summary: Zombie-larious

First of all, when we’re talking about an author whose last book was titled Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger, you know you’re entering goofy giggle-kid territory. If the thought of a zombie stuffed animal tickles your funny bone, then you will absolutely love Zombiekins. And if you don’t find the idea of an undead plush toy to be particularly humorous, then... well, (1) you’re silly, and (2) i
Teresa Scherping
The town of Dementedyville is a pretty boring, uneventful place. Except for one house - the spooky mansion of the Widow Imavitch, a place where no child has dared to trick-or-treat. When the Widow decides to have a yard sale, however, a boy named Stanley purchases a strange toy there: a stuffed creature called Zombiekins with "one floppy bunny ear on a teddy bear's head and body...webbed paws with sharp claws...feet like a lizard...and two fangs instead of a rabbit buckteeth." Stanley ignores th ...more
Nov 18, 2010 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Zombiekins is from the same author who wrote Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger, one of my favorite books for its wit and puns. However, Zombiekins is quite a different book. Stanley finds a stuffed animal who has a floppy ear of a bunny and a teddy bears. He also has webbed paws, sharp claws, feet like a lizard and two fangs instead of rabbit teeth. There is something about this that appeals to Stanley and I quite agree. Where the first book is silly and funny the second is creepy but not to scary. ...more
Jan 08, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zombiekins by Kevin Bloger follows Stanley who finds a zombie stuffed animal. When Stanley takes Zombiekins to school and it bites the school bully and a bunch of kindergartners are bitten Stanley and his friends have to figure out how to save the school.

My daughter loved this book so much that she drew pictures of Zombiekins for weeks. She was excited to tell me what happened next and thought it was hysterical. The pictures are funny and well drawn and make the book perfect for kids who are rel
No one in the town of Dementedyville ever goes near Old Lady Imavitch's house, until the day there is a garage sale. Then the town can't wait to buy her stuff. Against his better judgment, Stanley decides to buy the beat-up teddy bear with the bunny ear, a dangly eye and claws. And instead of listening to the warning of the creepy old lady, Stanley trows out the box with the instructions and takes the stuffed animal home.

Stanley awakes to a scene of horror in the playroom. All the other stuffed
Samantha Adkins
Oct 31, 2012 Samantha Adkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stanley Nudelman finds a cute little zombie stuffy while shopping at the local witch’s yard sale. He takes it home where his dog freaks out, but he thinks nothing much of it. The next morning, all of his sister’s toys are mangled and ripped apart, so he takes Zombiekins to school.

Zombiekins is a fun read full of fantastic illustrations. I’m pretty sure Bolger’s goal of reaching boy readers will be met with this tale. I would not recommend it for younger readers as it is rather violent in parts.
Dec 12, 2014 Victor.gonzales rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

reading letter #5
Dec 11,2014
Dear Mrs.Dudding

My book is called Zombiekins the author is Kevin Bolger it was surprising because the half zombie half bear bit all the students and the students turned into zombies so the whole school was full of zombies but only two students were not zombies their names were Stanly and Mairda.
the book was about a woman named Wido she was always different from the rest of the town.The town was clean,lawns cut,clean cars,and other clean objects.The whole town did not
Jul 16, 2012 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

That PERFECTLY Describes ZOMBIEKINS! This Book Was Fantastic! It Was Laugh-Out-Loud Funny! KEVIN BOLGER Captured Exactly What Kids Would Want To Read!
Though Written For Kids, Adults Would Absolutely Love ZOMBIEKINS! With Hilarious Inside Jokes, How Could They Not?
This Was A Very Fun, Satisfying, And Fast-Paced Novel, Perfect For Youngsters And Adults Who Like A Great Laugh!
May 16, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie, juvenile
This is so creepy-cute! Saw this sucker in my library while processing it and just had to take it home and see what type of zombie shenanigans children were getting themselves into.

Zombiekins is about a stuffed toy zombie that Stanley purchased from the creepy Widow in Dementedyville (wicked name). He fails to listen to her advice in reading the instructions and later that night zombiekins comes to life. It goes to Stanley's school and start wreaking havoc. Will he be able to save his classmate
Harold Ogle
A fun, quick children's book read, Zombiekins is funny in a similar way to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (though of course with a lot more undead tropes). It also reminded me at times of the "Scott Pilgrim" series, in that a lot of the humor is derived from the absolutely cluelessness of the primary protagonist. That is appropriate for a character in a book that references and parodies horror films like Stanley Nudelman, the kid in Zombiekins who picks up the cursed "stuffy" at a witch's garag ...more
Aug 25, 2011 02KylieH rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Where do I begin with Zombiekins? This was my least favorite book so far. I think it might be my fault that I picked it but I thought this book was just childish and a little dumb. This book is about this kid named Stanley, he and his friend went to the creepy old lady/witch house to her garage sale and that's where it all starts. He buys this doll looking thing and later realizes this thing is crazy! It bites some people from his school and he is franticaly looking throught his school to find t ...more
Ryan Whitt
Dec 10, 2012 Ryan Whitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: h
i just read a book called Zomiekins by Kevin Bolger. The main conflict is this boy gets this stuff animal from a witch and it comes to life at night and he can figure out whats killing his stuff animals so he goes on a haunt and trys to figure out whats killing his stuff animals.

i give this book a 5 out of 5 becasue i was always ready to read the next book you stay in the book very well and never whats to put it down at all. i think i finish the book in like 3 days maybe even in a day because it
Ryan Walker
Feb 23, 2016 Ryan Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book Zombiekins. The book was written by Kevin Bolger. The book genre is fantasy because its main character is a living zombie bear. The setting is in a middle school where the Zombie bear is released. It then attacks everyone. The main characters are Stanley (The scardy cat) and Miranda (The tuff person). One day Stanley goes to a garage sale and buys a zombie bear. He has no idea that when it sees moon light it comes alive. During science one day they were watching a moon phases vid ...more
This author had a ton of fun with names: In the quiet town of Dementedyville, 4th grader Stanley Nudelman survives each day by trying to avoid Knuckles Bruzkowski and attempting to stay on the good side of his teacher, Mr. Baldengrumpy, but things rarely go Stanley's way. Our book opens with Old Widow Imavitch having a yard sale, at which Stanley purchases Zombiekins, a half-teddy-half-bunny stuffed animal that manages to be dusty and covered in spiderwebs even inside his original sealed box. Th ...more
May C.
Sep 24, 2010 May C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its a book for a much younger audience but its still an enjoyable read for those who are young at heart and for all ages. I personally like to read all kinds of genres, its just more fun that way! This is a creepy cute read. For young readers who love paranormal stuff, this is perfect. Its quirky and written so cutely. I enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the little illustrations/drawings that go along with the story. Its reminiscent of all the paranormal and spooky children/tween books I use ...more
With our love for zombie movies, I had to check this one out. I didn't love it as much as I thought I might, but it was still fun. I saw some reviewers suggest this book for kids as young as second grade. I don't think that children that young would enjoy this book as much as possible. I just don't see kids that young getting all the jokes about older kids, annoying little kid TV shows, and just knowing much about zombies in general. Similarly, I saw at least one reviewer complain that this book ...more
Stacey Jo
Nov 16, 2011 Stacey Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I read this one to both of the kids at separate times. They both loved it and have pestered me to buy the sequel. A cute story about a stuffy that turns the school into zombies. It's very witty so mom and dad will be laughing as they read. It's not scary. My youngest is 5 and loves it, but it just depends on what your kids like. My kids like scary stuff and love zombies so to them they didn't think anything about it. Two of the kids discover the way to turn everyone back to human and save the sc ...more
For what this was, it was fantastic. It's like a delightfully demented version of the Velveteen Rabbit. The book teaches morals, has a memorable little cast of characters that were well described and relatable, and many parts are laugh out loud funny.

If you're looking for the next great work of literature, look elsewhere, but if you'd like a great book for your chapter reading children, or a great book to read out loud to your kids, this is a great option. It's original and allows kids to read
Crys Harris
Apr 09, 2013 Crys Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is laugh-out-loud funny at times. Readers who are not in elementary school and don't have kids at or close to elementary school age will not get a lot of the humour. I have twin 6 year olds and they got many of the jokes (some are just for parents) and they laughed out loud as well.

One of my concerns is that one of the boys is rather sensitive to scary writing. The author handles the initial Zombiefication so deftly and humorously that the boys were giggling and not scared at all.

We a
Miss Ryoko
Actual rating: 2.5

I didn't enjoy Zombiekins nearly as much as I did Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger, but it wasn't a bad book. It was alright and was witty in some places. Sometimes Bolger's writing reminded me of Lemony Snicket (but just not as great :-p)

There is a second Zombiekins book, but I don't think I'll be reading it. However, if he wrote another Sir Fartsalot book, I'd read it!
Jan 10, 2012 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, kidlit
My daughter's book - she recommended that I read it, and how can you turn that down? It was quite cute - stuff for grownups too. In particular, I loved the teachers' names: Mx Mellow (who speaks very quietly and doesn't really get upset) is actually Marsha. The gym teacher, Mr Straap (I know, pretty obvious) turns out to have a given name of Jacques. Worth it for a kid to read, and doubly so to read so that you can talk to your kid about it.
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