Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton
Published by Faber & Faber
To give you a true understanding of this book I have to make a confession, I’m 55yo with a 14yo daughter. A daughter, who, when I was giggling too hard to read out the passages that had me in that state, ripped the book from hands and then rapidly descended into the same state of stomach holding laughter.
Jeff Norton has written this book for ages 8 and up but it could easily keep older readers entertained through sheer humor. The neurotic zombie is Adam Meltzer, who died at his birthday party from a bee sting and returned, three months later. The reactions of the family and friends to his return is hilarious, from his astonished Mum exhorting his rolling pin wielding sister “You have a second chance to nice to your younger brother.” to the teacher who asks Adam to refund the money he spent on flowers for his funeral.
Adam, with two friends who also hide secret natures, sets out to discover the source of the killer bee and save others from being killed and zombified, while he also contends with not losing parts of himself.
As Adam is portrayed as having an exceptional IQ Jeff Norton includes a small number possibly unknown terms, words and facts within the book, the italicised, humorous and accurate explanation at the bottom of the page certainly does not detract from the book in any way and in fact I often eagerly looked for them for the extra laugh they gave me. I give Jeff top marks for an entertaining way to advance a child’s knowledge and entertain them at the same time!
This is a must for any reluctant reader (boys especially) and anyone with a great sense of humour.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Jeff Norton
Title: Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Published: October 2014