"HORRID HENRY AND THE ZOMBIE VAMPIRE," by Francesca Simon; illustrations by Tony Ross, Sourcebooks, $4.99, 112 pages (f) (ages 8-10)
Henry can be horrid and his brother Peter can be perfect. Those two boys are exact opposites. The wacky trouble between them is in the new book "Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire." It is divided into four chapters of separate stories. "Zombie Vampire" is the 14th book in the popular Horrid Henry series that has sold 15 million copies in 27 countries.
One of his horrid schemes was telling a really scary story to a class of kindergartners instead of the one he was supposed to read. Another time he interrupted his brother and threw food at him to stop his fairy stories. Henry ruins the school's new healthy menu. He tricks Peter out of his money and candy. And he becomes convinced his teacher is really a zombie vampire.
The characters in the book have funny names, too, such as Lisping Lily, Needy Neil, Rude Ralph and Mrs. Oddbod.
Francesca Simon writes all the Horrid Henry books. She grew up by the beach in California, but now lives in London. She has written more than 45 books, following a college career that included Yale and Oxford.
Tony Ross' illustrations are really sketches without a whole lot of detail, but their simple style is very helpful in knowing what is going on in the story. There are lots of them, too, which makes the book much better.
"Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire" is really enjoyable. It is a hilarious story that causes the reader to laugh out loud. Especially entertaining is the relationship between brothers Henry and Peter. Henry can be a real trickster. Watch out if you see your friends reading this book — they may be planning to do some of Henry's horrid pranks on you. Remember — there are tons of Horrid Henry books out there just waiting for you to sink your teeth into.
Ellie De Groote is 8 years old and runs the blog SuperKidReviews.wordpress.com with her 10-year-old sister, Kate.