If you’re like us, occasionally you wonder how Australian comedy writers pass their time between the rare gig where they get to actually write some comedy. In the case of Michael Ward, writer for various Shaun Micallef projects such as Mad as Hell, mystery solved: he’s written a children’s book titled Zombie McCrombie from an Overturned Kombi. Take it away, press release:

Zombie McCrombie is a hilarious parody of the well-loved children’s book Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, by Lynley Dodd. Zombie McCrombie (from an overturned Kombi) and his zombie dog pals, Montague Klutz (trailing his guts) and Benedict Wise (enshrouded by flies) roam the empty streets, sniffing the wind for bones they might gnaw … with a gut-bustingly hilarious outcome! Topped off by the perfectly gruesome illustrations by Gypsy Taylor.

We’re not exactly going to make a habit of spruiking kid’s books here – especially ones we haven’t actually read yet – but this one does have an excellent website which we can highly recommend if you’re looking to waste some time and maybe get into the mood to buy a book (not necessarily this one). There’s a nice swipe at Kathy Lette, a thumbs up for Alan Partridge’s zombie work, and this bit made us laugh:

Who or what inspired your interest in horror and zombies?
I think my earliest memory of what we today call ‘horror’ is of my father smashing through a bathroom door with an axe and wanting to kill me.  At the time we were spending the winter in a haunted hotel and I recall escaping from my maniac dad by climbing out a window, sliding down a snowdrift and losing him within a giant hedge maze.  Long story short: dad froze to death and somehow ended up in a photograph taken in 1921. I know, it barely makes sense.

Maybe the book might be worth a look after all.

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