Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Post Apocalyptic Books for Kids

I don't know what it says that my first review of the year is about a monster/zombie apocalypse.  Now I'm not making any predictions about where things are headed, but ....

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Title: The Last Kids on Earth

Author: Max Brallier

Target: Grades 3-6

Series:This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Ok, here goes.  A monster/zombie apocalypse seems to have hit the United States.  Jack, who was living in foster care, did not leave town like most other inhabitants, but managed to stay out of the hands of the zombies.  He is now living in a tree house with a makeshift defense system, looking for his best friend, searching for a girl  he has a giant crush on and trying to stay alive.  Can he become the biggest, baddest post-apocalyptic hero to save the day?  Well, not without a lot of help.

Why I love this book: 
While the premise sounds completely crazy, this book actually works.  Jack has enough humor and bravado to carry the story and create some laugh out loud moments.  From all the crazy inventions to get rid of these monsters and the slightly gross out moments it was a real page turner.

What made this book better than some other heavily illustrated novels, was the character development.  These kids are scared and alone and the author does let us see their vulnerability on occasion.  But make no mistake, this is a high action, high stakes monster/zombie hunting game and Jack is in it to win it. 

Who this book is for: 
Great for kids who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  The large type and plethora of illustrations make this good for reluctant readers.  Of course zombie lovers will be quite entertained.

Final thoughts: 
I almost didn’t pick this one up because I hated the author’s last book, but I must say I did a full 180 on this one.  Funny, creative and not like anything else out there, this one is an original.

To purchase this book:
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