Did you know that the late, great George A. Romero wrote a children’s book? Yes. That George A. Romero. Director of Night of the Living Dead. Father of the modern zombie. He wrote a book for children.
OK. Now that we’ve absorbed, acknowledged, and accepted this information, here’s the news: After being only available in French, that children’s book — The Little World of Humongo Bongo — is now available in English and in the U.S., thanks to book publisher ChiZine Publications.
ChiZine calls Romero’s book “a sarcastic and cynical children’s tale of different creatures trying to coexist in a benign, yet power-hungry environment.” Sarcastic and cynical? From the creator of Dawn of the Dead? Get outta here...
ChiZine, which compares The Little World of Humongo Bongo to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince — seriously — calls Romero’s book “a beautiful metaphor on the evolution of our civilization, depicted with humor and simplicity.” Or, as the author himself explained last year: “I meant it to be a parable about over-population, greed, and all of the terrible values that we humans have.” You know, for kids!
The book even features illustrations by Romero himself. Check out some of them below.
Some of these illustrations have a real Maurice Sendak vibe to them, if you ask us. Which is to say, very cool.
The Little World of Humongo Bongo by George A. Romero is available for sale now.