Take one fluffy, scruffy, undersized excuse of a dog, add a love struck teenage boy desperate for a dog to love and bit of female recognition of the human kind, mix it up with a dopey best mate and one granny who’s lost her marbles and the creature you’ll end up with is My Zombie Dog.
My Zombie Dog is Queensland author, Charmaine Clancy’s first self-published novel for young readers but not her first encounter with zombie-type dogs like, Fossil, the lead non-living character in this quirky little tale.
Zane is the main living character whose one desire for his 14th Birthday is to receive his very own dog. The kind of dog a boy his age would be proud to run around the block with; a Rotty or even a Border Collie. What he ends up with thanks to his well-meaning but slightly askew mother, is a mutt too large to be a rat, and too small to be a werewolf, but as repulsive as both. And this dog is apparently not well. It promptly drops dead before Zane has a chance to blow out his birthday candles.
What follows after the burial of his birthday present is a strange and slightly disturbing mix of Doctor Doolittle meets the Pet Cemetery. When Fossil re-emerges in Zane’s life, things start turning sour or at least start smelling pretty putrid. Neighbourhood pets, Mr Jenson next door, dear old granny and even reckless Kev, soon fall victim to Fossils deranged temper and strange viral infliction after she bites them all.
It’s not until Zane plucks up the courage to speak to his class room crush, Molly O’Mally, that he is able to accept the fact that this evil little dog is slowly turning everyone in his life into the undead. Together, he and Molly, try in vain to find a cure to break the Zombie curse taking over the neighbourhood. But no amount of decapitation is getting the job done, until Zane’s little sister, Elsie decides it’s time to Bite Back!
If you’ve had it with vampires, werewolves and warlocks, perhaps the 30th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, ode to Zombies, is more your medicine. You’ll certainly find plenty of reasons to smile with My Zombie Dog, even as your tummy is twisting anxiously at the thought of becoming Fossil’s next victim. Calm is eventually restored in Zane and Fossil’s lives but there’s just one loose end. What ever happened to Kev?
My Zombie Dog was released March 2012 and is available through Charmaine's site, Wagging Tales and from Amazon