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Night of the Homework Zombies

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Born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, Scott Nickel works by day at Paws, inc., Jim Davis's famous Garfield studio, and he freelances by night. Burning the midnight oil, Scott has created hundreds of humorous greeting cards and written several children's books, short fiction for Boys' Life magazine, comic strips, and lots of really funny knock-knock jokes. He was raised in southern California, but in 1995 Scott moved to Indiana, where he currently lives with his wife, two sons, six cats, and several sea monkeys. Steve Harpster has loved to draw funny cartoons, mean monsters, and goofy gadgets since he was able to pick up a pencil. In first grade, he avoided writing assignments by working on the pictures for stories instead. Steve was able to land a job drawing funny pictures for books, and that's really what he's best at. Steve lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wonderful wife, Karen, and their sheepdog, Doodle.


Gr 3-5-Substitute teacher Mr. Winklepoof (aka Dr. Brainium) brainwashes a group of students by showing them a videotape, thus creating a classroom full of "Homework Zombies," kids who love to learn and do homework. Trevor Walton, a student, is in the bathroom at the time of the brainwashing incident, and realizes that something is strange when he returns to the classroom and the students are begging the substitute teacher for more homework. It's up to Trevor to save his classmates from loving schoolwork at the expense of all things good and fun in life, such as cheese puffs and video games. This interactive version of the graphic novel (Stone Arch Books, 2006) written by Scott Nickel and illustrated by Steve Harpster is slightly animated, with word balloons that pop up and cells that brighten to help listeners follow along. Narrated by a full cast, sound effects and dramatic music lend additional vitality to the tale. The story plays automatically when the CD-ROM is inserted into the computer, but button controls at the bottom of the screen make it possible to turn off autoplay and the narration and navigate through the story manually. Controls also allow students to move forward, back, or pause the story. The CD provides an audio only version of the story. This is a well-executed production, whose value is diminished slightly by the tale's implication that homework and learning are uncool.-Jennifer Verbrugge, Dakota County Library, Galaxie Branch, Apple Valley, MN Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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