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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,247 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Fourth-grader Stanley Nudelman is about as wimpy as they come. He's cowardly, shy, and spends most of his time hiding from the school bully, Knuckles Bruzkowski! Then Stanley stumbles upon the yard sale of his neighbor, Old Lady Imavitch, where he buys a mysterious stuffed animal. But this isn't any old toy . . . it's Zombiekins! He's a little bit teddy, a little bit bunny ...more
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published June 24th 2010 by Razorbill
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Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, not-graphic, humor, horror, light
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
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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!!
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the book Zombiekins, the setting is in a town named Dementedyville, a usually quiet town. A boy named Stanley Nudelman, at a yard sale of a widow-witch, buys a half dead-looking stuffy (as in stuffed animal type toy). The zombiekins came with directions that said to not expose it to direct sunlight, but Stanley didn’t read the directions. After Zombiekins has been exposed to moonlight, it starts changing all the students at school into zombies. Stanley and his friend Miranda have to figure ou ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-mg, creepy-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.
Piper Larson
Feb 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish it , it was so bad
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Bolger has a hit here!! Boys will love this romp through the supernatural. A sure hit for reluctant readers.
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a fun and clever little book for elementary and middle school age students. The illustrations are funny and well done but may be too much for younger or sensitive readers. The characters are pretty one dimensional and cliche so the book relies on a steady dose of action, which is largely successful. My biggest complaints were that this is yet another book for young readers which sends the message that teachers are stupid and school is a prison. I understand the appeal of that, but I also ...more
Christine Rains
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Stanley finds a creepy cute stuffed animal at his creepy neighbor's yard sale. Zombiekins is a toy with a mind and an appetite of its own, though. Stanley brings it to school and causes a zombie outbreak. How is he going to get out of this trouble?

I read this book with my seven and a half year old, and he laughed as the zombie outbreak had the kids at the school doing silly stuff. It's a little creepy, gross, and hilarious. I didn't think much of the plot itself, but my son had a fun time with t
Mr. Tally
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
*3.5* Zombiekins is a toy bunny and a toy teddy all in one. Stanley Nudelman bought a toy from the widow next door. When he brought it home, the night after day, all the toys were ripped and were disfigured. Then, everything went to havoc. Kevin Bolger's writing style is different than the young adult authors I've read. It was funny, but pretty plain for a story, but I enjoyed it to a limit of the vocabulary of this story. Overall, the story is alright, but could've improved much more.
Damien Crawford
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a good book for kids that are looking to go from short stories to chapter books. The book goes through up and downs and is very adventurous. It will leave you on the edge on your seats and coming back to read it again. You will gather a connection with the characters, and will laugh throughout the book. I read this book at least 10 times and pretty sure I still have the beat up book somewhere in my room.
Guillermo Valladolid
The book was funny and okay i liked it because there was action it was mostly about Stanely and Brenda and how they where stuck in a school full of zombies then they figure that taffy brought them back to normal and all the teachers back.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, favorite, recommend
I love zombies.

A stuffed zombie toy turns all the kids in school into zombies while the teachers are totally oblivious.
Of course being a kid you threw the directions away so you don't know how to stop him.

Great kids book.
Jozef Asquith Crooks
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok... my boy loved it. But he also loves "Teddyscare" a stuffed mutilated teddybear.

The story was fun, he enjoyed & well that is all that mattered!
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book!!!!!!

Love u !!!!!! I also love your books so much! Please make a zombiekins 2! Thank you !!!!! Your the best!
The Rusty Key
Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 Moulton
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 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 12, 2014 rated it did not like it

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
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
Samantha Adkins
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
May 16, 2013 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
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 Walker
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Ryan Whitt
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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 rated it it was amazing
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
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