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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.