- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: The Toon Studio Press (Oct. 1 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193566834X
- ISBN-13: 978-1935668343
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.2 x 22.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 703 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #626,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Once Upon a Zombie: Book One: The Color of Fear Hardcover – Oct 1 2015
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“A fast, fun read that’s undeniably cool…powered by a fast-paced action-pack narrative…this story will surely delight readers of all ages…features our beloved characters in a decidedly darker tone.” (Kirks Reviews)
"Memorable cameos and characters...a fun mashup." (Publishers Weekly)
"I already can't wait for book two!" (Five Star Review Goodreads)
"First, wow what a beautiful book cover..."
"This book is definitely for a younger audience around the age 10-15 but I'm 22 and really loved it..."
"The story was fast paced and flowed very nicely with some awesome twists..."
"I loved all the characters..." (Five Star Review Goodreads)
"The plot is also well-crafted, with several plot twists."
"What I loved about the book are the characters. Each of them has distinctive characteristics and a volume that makes them real." (Four Star Review Goodreads)
"An intriguing and original story. There's a lot to like here...Modern, Fun...Engaging...Witty...The imagination at work is wonderful." (The Children's Book Review)
"Intriguing, exciting and fun." (Bookbite Reviews)
"This wise and witty take on a famous classic will delight both zombie fans and lovers of Lewis Carroll's imagination and humor...a gripping and involving story." (Jenny Woolf, author of The Mystery of Lewis Carroll)
"An imaginative and exciting blend of modern teen life and beloved fairy tales gone awry." (Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center)
"Compassionate...Humorous...Written with gusto and sensitivity." (Jack Zipes, Professor of Comparative Literature and former editor-in-chief of the Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales. Guggenheim & Fulbright Fellow.)
About the Author
Billy Phillips is a multi-award-winning bestselling author, creative producer and part time lecturer. He has ghost-written thirteen best selling non-fiction books, some of which surpassed a million copies sold. The award-wining middle-grade/YA novel Once Upon a Zombie is his fiction debut under his own name. His licensing company, The Toon Studio, owns one of the largest vintage collection of fairy tale books and character art in the world.
Jenny Nissenson is an award-winning writer, producer and entertainer. She has written for Nickelodeon and lives in Hollywood, California with 1009 puppets and her twenty-five year old pet tortoise.
Billy Phillips was born in Toronto, Canada and moved his wife and four children to Los Angeles in 1994.
He is an award-winning, bestselling author, produce, and lecturer who wanted to address the social anxieties and phobias that afflict young people.
He has been ghostwriting for the last fifteen years, and his books have sold millions of copies. Once Upon a Zombie is his fiction debut under his own name.
When one of his children suggested he write a zombie book under his own name, Billy conceived the idea of merging the iconic fairy tale characters with the zombie phenomena.
Zombie Cinderella and friends were born!
The book has garnered rave reviews and recognition including being named the Best Pre Teen Book by the National Indie Excellence Awards, the Purple Dragonfly Award for Best Young Adult (YA) Fiction, a double winner at the Beverly Hills International Book Awards for Best Juvenile Fiction and Best Cover Fiction. The book was just nominated and named a double Finalist and a double Medal Winner at the upcoming FAPA President's Awards Banquet being held at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando in August 2016.
Billy had the privilege of lecturing at NASA, at the Kennedy Space Center, on the subject of science, physics and spirituality, sharing compelling ideas which he interweaves in his novels.
In his multi-award-winning YA fantasy novel Once Upon a Zombie, Billy envisioned the zombies as a metaphor for all those relentless negative thoughts and paralyzing fears that try to swallow us whole. The fairy tale characters are metaphor for what middle graders and young adults aspire to be. And though his breathless fantasy novel plays out in an otherworldly universe, the underlying message in this award-winning YA series is really about that unseen zombie inside all of us!
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If you are a fan of the fairy tales Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White etc then you will love how all our favorite fairy tale characters come to live or well Zombified in this book. This is a great YA book with a mission to help young teens overcome fear in their lives. I really enjoyed following Caitlin's adventure to help the princesses save the Kingdom from the Queen of Hearts. Caitlin has many fears since her mother left, she has anxiety really bad and also has a few run ins with some girls who like to bully other peers.
I really loved the character, Natalie, Caitlin's eleven year old super intelligent sister. She is a great addition to the story, who has very little fear compared to her sister. The author does a fantastic job with the flow of the story keeping readers following the adventure. The character development for this book is really good and I can't wait to see where Caitlin and her sister go in book two. It is a fun twist on the fairy tale characters and adding the much loved zombies into this YA book. I feel it could be read by 9 +. I have actually set it aside for my daughter to read in a couple years.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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The Halloween dance is happening and her school crush has asked her to go with him and maybe visit the cemetery after the dance. When a text from him sends has her skipping the dance and heading right for the cemetery. While standing on the grave of Lewis Carrol she is captured by a zombie princess who is sure that Caitlin is the hero who will save her world. Force into a world of stories and fairytales come to life Caitlin makes new friends and finds herself growing in more ways than she imagined. Will they make it in time to stop the red queen or will they all be turned into red-eyed ghouls?
I loved Caitlin she's afraid of everything, but when her sister tumbles down into the grave she doesn't think twice about following to protect her. She finds some amazing new friends even if they are zombies and that her love interest is more than just the good guy at school. I love the zombie princesses they each have great personalities but Cinderella is my favorite
I've had Once Upon a Zombie sitting on the shelf since the book came out but never seemed to find the time. As the new one is coming out in 2017 I figured this would be a perfect time to check it out. I honestly haven't seen too much about it but I knew with such an intriguing concept it has to be good and it blew my expectations out of the water. Once Upon A Zombie is a sweet coming of age story just with set in a world that has been turned into zombies thanks to an evil queen. I truly enjoy the concept of Caitlin traveling into an alternate reality filled with lots of my favorite characters.I really felt that I was able to connect with Caitlin she's such a sweetheart and has grown so much through the book. I really enjoyed the author's storytelling it's a beautiful story that captures the imagination. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book and see what Caitlin is up against.
Then one day a new video popped up on the sub list. It was the teaser for this book. I watched it and thought it sounded interesting. Then another teaser came up. I looked up the book on Amazon, and the dolls popped up again. Someone was selling the full set for under $100, and I couldn’t help myself. I bought them. Still I waited to see if my local Library would get in the book and they did not.
I finally broke down and purchased the book and started to read it, and I really didn’t want to put it down. It’s made for a younger audience then myself, but it kept me very entertained. I kept finding myself picking it up when I should have been doing other things until I finished it off.
It’s a shame the dolls didn’t do better, at least I’m assuming they didn’t since we never saw more then the initial 6 character made. They are cute dolls too.
I do hope we get the next book in the series. My fear is that we’ll never see it, and it’s certainly a series worth continuing. If you’re a fan of Fairytales and Zombies, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book as well.