Brains For Lunch

Brains For Lunch The Difference Being That This Middle School Novel Is Written Entirely In Haiku Loeb, Its Zombie Protagonist Has A Problem The Object Of His Affection, Siobhan, Is A Lifer Ie Human What To Do In Scenes Set Around A Lunch Table The Menu Brains And Around The School, Eyes Roll And Jaws Drop Literally Also Featured In The Cast Of Characters Is Carl, A Chupacabra Bloodsucking Critter And Mrs Fincher, A Sympathetic And Seductive Librarian The idea of a middle school novel in haiku grabbed by interest as soon as I saw it at the library Brains For Lunch is, indeed, an interesting undertaking I think there are moments of real wit and brilliance interspersed throughout the story.As indicated by the title, the entire book is written in haiku It revolves around Loeb, a Zombie middle schooler who attends school with Lifers humans , other Zombies and Chupacabras blood sucking creatures He struggles with the typical geek jock tensi The idea of a middle school novel in haiku grabbed by interest as soon as I saw it at the library Brains For Lunch is, indeed, an interesting undertaking I think there are moments of real wit and brilliance interspersed throughout the story.As indicated by the title, the entire book is written in haiku It revolves around Loeb, a Zombie middle schooler who attends school with Lifers humans , other Zombies and Chupacabras blood sucking creatures He struggles with the typical geek jock tension from the geek perspective although the characters of humans vs nonhumans are anything but typical.The wit is most evident in Loeb s commentary on catching the eyeball of his friend after she rolls it or literally losing his jaw in an altercation with a brutish student The underlying story is Loeb s crush on a Lifer This is a relationship that is unheard of at the school and he spends a lot of time denying this attraction to his friends when they point it out In a refreshingly clever and non preachy way the story encompasses racism and unkindness in a Monster HIgh type setting.Loeb attempts to make a statement about his own abilities and individuality and about crossing what they call the invisible line between groups of people by writing his own haiku and performing it in a contest usually reserved for Lifers His courage and passion resonate in his words both those of his actual performance and those of his observations surrounding it.The book is a fun combination of typical middle school struggle with some zombie character and humor mixed in The haikus, themselves, are not all particularly remarkable in and of themselves There are, however, memorable and provoking selections The librarian gives Loeb a book of haiku saying Complicated wordsdon t always make good stories.Look at these haiku I love the reference to the humor of the 80 s movie Back to the Future Knock knock on my head Hello, McFly She s laughing.Duck away and scowlLoeb s deft sarcasm is delightfully evident in No wait Not the bellWe re a mobile Thriller danceShuffling out the doorOne of my favorites is Loeb s amazed reaction to his own poetry performance Paper in my handSitting alone on the floorHaiku really worksI originally was hoping to use this as a read aloud with 3rd and 4th graders I will not be using it as a read aloud due to some of the language not necessarily offensive, but authentically middle school The book uses words like suck and a form of what the hell as well as referring to giving each other the finger I don t think any of these things are objectionable in the context of the book However, these expressions sometimes take on a different color when they are read aloud by an authority figure or trusted older reader This particular selection could be used at home, in a small group of older high school students or as an independent read book 49 for 2010 I love the idea of a zombie Haiku novel, and this doesn t disappoint One of the best things about this book is the wide audience it will appeal to Highly recommended for boys and girls, third grade and up. Fun stuff, great for reluctant readers How originalPopular kid torments geekMust stifle my yawnI said that out loud Internal monologue failMust start shutting mouth p 61 Loved the concept of a zombie story told in haiku, and the execution was pretty good, but overall I was disappointed in the story A few big plot holes bothered me whose brains are the zombies eating Why shouldn t the Lifers be afraid of their zombie classmates, if they eat human brains Is it okay that even at the end, given themes of different races coming together, everyone still hates the chupacabra But the biggest buzz killer was the romance The girl love interest lies and sneaks her w Loved the concept of a zombie story told in haiku, and the execution was pretty good, but overall I was disappointed in the story A few big plot holes bothered me whose brains are the zombies eating Why shouldn t the Lifers be afraid of their zombie classmates, if they eat human brains Is it okay that even at the end, given themes of different races coming together, everyone still hates the chupacabra But the biggest buzz killer was the romance The girl love interest lies and sneaks her way into the male main character s heart, and then he pins her to a wall to express his interest in her Let s not forget the power dynamic he s a zombie and she s a human, so presumably he could kill and eat her, but she flutters her eyelashes and says she s not afraid Both boys and girls need to see romance that doesn t involve trickery, implied threats, and unequal power dynamics Was expectingfrom this one, but the humor was very low brow. Loeb is a middle school student He attends a middle school where zombies, humans lifers , and chupacabras roam the hallways With some encouragement from his favorite teacher, Loeb decides to enter the school s poetry contest Thing is, no zombie has ever dared enter before Loeb also becomes interested in a certain female lifer Will Loeb win this contest and the girl or will he just have her Brains For Lunch I will admit that at first I was a little apprehensive about reading this novel Loeb is a middle school student He attends a middle school where zombies, humans lifers , and chupacabras roam the hallways With some encouragement from his favorite teacher, Loeb decides to enter the school s poetry contest Thing is, no zombie has ever dared enter before Loeb also becomes interested in a certain female lifer Will Loeb win this contest and the girl or will he just have her Brains For Lunch I will admit that at first I was a little apprehensive about reading this novel I am not a big fan of poetry or necrophilia I am, for some weird reason, a huge fan of chupacabras , so I figured I might have a little bit of trouble getting into this one Turns out, there was no necrophilia which was a huge plus , but I did get a water pistol packing chupacabra, who was pretty entertaining in his rottenness Most importantly, the poetry flows so smoothly that I hardly noticed I was reading poetry I feel Brains For Lunch is an interesting novel because of this The entire novel is written in Haiku The novel could have been fleshed out into a full length novel ala Twilight, but I feel the way it is presented reflects the natural flow and feel of the writing The illustrations bring the words to life The theme of segregation is clear in this novel The students are separated by, I guess you could call it, species This can be seen as an obvious allusion to race We see an example of this when Loeb calls Carl a stupid chupo Carl responds that Loeb is a racist One thing I found funny is that Loeb, as a zombie, naturally speaks in haiku He was almost a shoe in for the poetry contest When Loeb performs his haiku, he manages to unite the school by showing them they all have a mutual hatred for school They bonded by hate haha just sounds so harsh when put like that This is a novel that I would love to use in the classroom I feel this is a novel that could be used as a great introduction to haiku I feel this novel has a good way of demonstrating segregation and how to challenge the norms It is a short novel 88 pages , and can be taught effectively in a short span of time However, there are certain concerns that arise when wanting to use a novel like this in the classroom Of course I joked about necrophilia earlier in my review, but some conservative parents might see this book as an advocate for just that Some people might have a problem with their children reading a book involving the living dead due to religious issues It may sound crazy, but it happens Last year I had a student who would only read zombie books When I saw this book, I thought of him immediately I thought about checking it out to him but then decided I needed to read it first.I think he ll like it There aren t many words on the page and the drawings are cute The storyline is interesting.It s not something I particularly care for but I can recommend it without feeling too guilty. Brains for Lunch a Zombie Novel in Haiku is a very unique book in the sense that the entire story is told in haiku Personally I did not enjoy the book that much, in fact I despise it I suppose that part of the reason that I did not enjoy reading this book is because I don t like poetry Three reasons I did not enjoy this book would have to be because it s short, poor character development, and a stale plot.Most of the time I don t have a problem reading a short book, however in this case the b Brains for Lunch a Zombie Novel in Haiku is a very unique book in the sense that the entire story is told in haiku Personally I did not enjoy the book that much, in fact I despise it I suppose that part of the reason that I did not enjoy reading this book is because I don t like poetry Three reasons I did not enjoy this book would have to be because it s short, poor character development, and a stale plot.Most of the time I don t have a problem reading a short book, however in this case the book is too short The author could have gone a lot farther with this book In fact the book was so short that I didn t we have time to get into the story and enjoy it When I finished the book it felt like having a piece of cake sitting in front of you but not being able to enjoy it That is what I mean by the book being to short and not going as far as it could have.Oh character development you can make an ok book be great and a great story be decent All the characters are pretty static throughout the book and none of the characters seem to show any kind of intelligence what so ever It is quite sad to think of a book with so much potential fail in one of the most important aspects of a story.The plot of the story was quite underwhelming The whole plot could have been way better the story was just so linear that it made it fairly un enjoyable The plot just proceeds from one point to another without any smooth flow between scenes, and it happens abruptly I personally did not enjoy this book and I believe this book should get two stars The story was short, character development was poor, and also the plot was blah If you re not into poetry and that flowery stuff like me then you re probably not going to enjoy this book, and I suggest something a little better such as Charlottes Web I thought that the idea of this book sounded great and was hoping for a fun quick read However, I felt that the book was ambitious beyond its abilities and that the format really didn t work to the novel s advantage At the beginning I had a lot of difficulty figuring out what was going on and who the main characters were because poetry formats in general leave a lot of holes to be filled in by the reader Perhaps it would have helped had I read the front flap but a book should not depend on it I thought that the idea of this book sounded great and was hoping for a fun quick read However, I felt that the book was ambitious beyond its abilities and that the format really didn t work to the novel s advantage At the beginning I had a lot of difficulty figuring out what was going on and who the main characters were because poetry formats in general leave a lot of holes to be filled in by the reader Perhaps it would have helped had I read the front flap but a book should not depend on its summary to work It also quickly became difficult to read the poems as poems rather than scanning the text for narrative information to find and follow the story I find that haiku is generally beautiful on its own but that in series it loses the potency of its abbreviated format It s sort of like the Japanese idea that one can appreciate a single blossom much better than a field of flowers So while the the multitude of haikus is impressive, it is difficult to enjoy as poetry from one side, and difficult to enjoy as story from the other It doesn t help that a zombie novel doesn t utilize the normal rules of reality and instead must communicate new rules on how the world works and who the people in the world are The pictures play a much larger role in this book than a traditional chapter book, as I relied on them to communicate information that wasn t present in the text They were okay but could have beenplentiful andextensive, perhaps suggesting that the illustrator should have been aware of the greater need for pictures in an experimental novel in verse like this I probably wouldn t recommend this book at all but would be interested to hear about different reading experiences from my own I did not really like this book for a couple reasons There wasnt really much of a plot and it was boring Thats why i would only give this book two stars But not one star because I can see how it would be hard to write a book with just haikus What I did like about this book though, was its creativity.About half way through this book I started to realize that it didnt really have a plot It was just a bunch of things zombies would do There wasnt a purpose Whcih maybe makes sense since it was I did not really like this book for a couple reasons There wasnt really much of a plot and it was boring Thats why i would only give this book two stars But not one star because I can see how it would be hard to write a book with just haikus What I did like about this book though, was its creativity.About half way through this book I started to realize that it didnt really have a plot It was just a bunch of things zombies would do There wasnt a purpose Whcih maybe makes sense since it was written with just haikus But if you are going to write a book out of just haikus, then you need a plot.Since this book didnt have a plot or a purpose, I found it pretty boring It was even hard for me to keep reading, but luckily it was a short book and I was able to finish it quickly Whcih might be a bad thing about the book, being short and all, but to me that was another thing I liked.Besides being short, I liked the creativity in this book I thought some parts of it were very creative First off who thinks of writing a zombie book in haikus I thought that was creative, and just the whole book was creative in general Also some seens in the book were funny and unexpected For example the zombie said he was given the finger, and then he gave it back I thought that was funny because he was litteraly given a middle finger.So overall I didnt really like this book because there was no plot and it was boring But I think I have to give it two stars for creativity and humor I dont know if I would recomend this book to anyone though Because if I did then that person might not want any recomendations from me

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  • Hardcover
  • 96 pages
  • Brains For Lunch
  • K.A. Holt
  • English
  • 13 March 2018
  • 1596436298