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Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk Audio

Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk Audio

Megan McDonald
For ages 6 to 8
Unabridged audiobook (CD)
Performed/read by: Barbara Rosenblat
Brilliance Audio, 2012   ISBN: 978-1455851911

Stink and his friends are zombie mad. They have been reading some books, the Nightmare on Zombie Street series, and every game they play, every conversation they have is liberally sprinkled with zombies. Soon the fifth book in the series will be coming up and there is going to be a big book release event at the local bookstore on Saturday night. Fans of the series will be able to buy the new book and then they can participate in a Midnight Zombie Walk. Needless to say Stink, Webster and even Sophie, are very excited to participate.

   The first problem Stink and Webster encounter is that they need twenty-five dollars and ninety-nine cents to buy two copies of the new book and as Stink’s big sister, Judy, points out, they don’t have that kind of money. Stink assures her that he has a plan. However, later, he confesses to Webster that he actually does not have a money-making plan at all.

   First the boys try to have a yard sale, but they soon realize that they don’t have enough stuff that they are willing to sell. Then Stink comes up with an amazing plan; they can sell smells. The problem is that no one is really interested in buying smells, smells which they can get for free.

   The hype for the book release event builds even more when the principal announces that Friday will be Read to a Zombie Day. The older students will read to the younger ones and it is hoped that the school will be able to meet their goal of one million minutes of reading. If they meet this goal before the bookstore event, the principal promises that she will open up the Big Orange Box (B.O.B) which sits outside the school front office. No one knows what is in the box and everyone is very excited to find out.

   Young listeners who have a fondness for zombies and all the creepiness that is associated with these undead creatures will surely love this Stink story. It is hard not to laugh when Stink and his friends end up scaring themselves silly.