Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Title: Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Author: James Breakwell also known as @XplodingUnicorn 

Published: October 10th, 2017

Pages: 240

Genre: Humor, Nonfiction, Parenting, Zombies

Publisher: Benbella Books

Listened to on Hoopla


Wreath(13)-BlackGoodreads Description: 

It’s not easy being a parent these days. There are bills to pay. Kids to feed. And hordes of undead monsters to keep at bay.

There are plenty of guides out there about how to survive the zombie apocalypse. All of them assume readers are young, fit, and unencumbered by children. In that scenario, the only living humans left will be smug, outdoorsy Millennials. That’s hell on earth, even without the zombies.

Only Dead on the Inside is the answer for the rest of us.

Written by professional comedy writer and amateur father-of-four James Breakwell (@XplodingUnicorn), Only Dead on the Inside blends traditional parenting advice with zombie survival tips, bringing together two totally unrelated genres in a book no one asked for but everyone needs.

This step-by-step manual teaches you how to raise happy, healthy children in a world overrun by the undead. Motivated moms and dads want it all, and that won’t change at the end of the world. There’s no reason you can’t be a zombie killing machine AND parent of the year, but you have to work for it.

If you want to make sure your family is apocalypse-ready, Only Dead on the Inside is your best–and only–chance at survival. No pressure, but if you don’t read this book, your children will die.Wreath(13)-Black


Things I enjoyed about this book: 

I had never heard of James Breakwell until I spotted this book on Hoopla. He had me laughing out loud, which is something I admire in an author. The advice was practical, for an apocalypse, and perhaps the terrible twos and threes. As a zombie enthusiast, I felt that James was qualified to write on the subject, never did I question his credibility about his knowledge of the undead. From the stalking I did on his twitter, the material in the book wasn’t just repeated in his book it was fresh. Kudos to you James!

The Things I Didn’t Enjoy: 

When I read a “parenting book” no matter how sarcastic it is, I hope to get something out of it to be a better parent. It didn’t have much of that if any. James did preface that at the bringing and yet I continued because I’m a sucker for a good laugh and any tips that can get me ahead in the apocalypse.



James Breakwell deserves 4 out 5 bird feathers for his book Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse for creativity and ability to lighten my crazy day. Whenever I walk into a new room with my two toddlers, I look around the room and within minutes know exactly what could cause minor injuries all the way to instant death. You have to be quicker than a kid, they’re the only ones who can turn absolutely anything into a weapon of mass destruction. Perhaps I have already read too many zombie books, but I did feel that this book did prepare me for what we all know will eventually come, the undead. Since I listened to it on audio, I did miss out on his diagrams, which from the cover, I am guessing were pretty awesome. He did lose one star for the lack of advice on behavioral issues that I will have to deal with while I patiently wait for the apocalypse.

Parent’s Guide:

It was funny, some talk about blood and guts!

Also if you haven’t yet please head on over to The Book Doctors and read my pitch for NaNoWriMo Pitchalooza 2018 to help me win fan favorite for The Cost of Silence, my first novel! The contest ends April 1, 2018!


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