3 Middle Grade Zombie Books

Posted by amanda on Nov 10th, 2010
2010
Nov 10

The Curse of Cuddles McGee by Emily Ecton
I love Ecton’s books. They are just the right mix of laugh-out-loud funny and creepy horror. In this one, a hamster named Cuddles has returned from the grave to exact his revenge. Ty and Arlie are best friends tasked with saving the town from undead rodent wrath. The pair are likable as all get-out and even the minor characters like Tina, Arlie’s fashion obsessed older sister, have their shining moments. Mr. Boots, Arlie’s family’s exhibitionist chihuahua, is a faithful and fearful sidekick to our heroes. This has all the appeal of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series with the addition of quality writing and an excellent humorous wit. 264p., 2008.

Zombie Chasers by John Kloeper
This had great zombie attack sequences. The cartoon illustrations of zombie mayhem were excellent. I loved the zombified bodyparts twisted into the numerals replacing the number in the chapter headings. The action was non-stop and peril present at every turn. My problem with this was that all the characters were superficial and you can say it’s hard to have meaningful connections to characters in zany whacked-out plots, but I found myself really attached to the protagonists of both the other books mentioned in this post. None of the characters in Zombie Chasers seemed to care for much except themselves, popularity, video games, and attractive members of the other sex – oh, and surviving the zombie onslaught. So, this is for readers who like the idea of zombie action and will let character development slide to get it. 205p., 2010.

Nathan Abercrombie Accidental Zombie: My Rotten Life by David Lubar
Nathan’s been picked on and left out enough to feel that his feelings may be a liability. When he experiments with a potion designed to deaden his emotions, he finds it has deadened the rest of him. The zombification is spreading and he’s racing the clock to avoid permanent half-dead zombie status. Being a zombie does afford him some benefits. Feeling no pain means he can do enough pull-ups to help his school win a contest and be a school hero. Zombies also don’t sleep leaving him lots of time to improve his video game skills. And if you’re already half-dead it’s hard to worry about the school bully. This is the start of a series of books about Nathan. I enjoyed Nathan figuring out his how his zombie-ness worked with his friends. I enjoyed the bits with his thumb falling off and still being able to be moved by him despite being removed from his body. Zombie good times! 155p., 2009.

Alien Feast by Michael Simmons

Posted by amanda on Jun 15th, 2009
2009
Jun 15

Since the alien invasion, things have changed a lot.  People have to fear being eaten at any turn.  William is not too sad when his step-parents are eaten and he finds their feet left in a pile.  These are the people who constantly sent him out to risk alien attack to get food and supplies.  William will finally get to go live with his Uncle Maynard who has always cared for him.  However, when aliens kidnap his friend Sophie’s scientist parents, it is time to mount a rescue mission.

 

This was an odd combo of zany action and truly frightening moments.  The aliens who are now dying of the chicken pox and don’t like to eat feet are funny in ways.  The actual eating of characters and the threat of Uncle Maynard’s ill health are harrowing.  The book is clearly the first in a series and the ending left me with mixed emotions, but certainly wanting to follow William’s next adventure. 227p., 2009

 

Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor

Posted by amanda on Jun 8th, 2009
2009
Jun 8

Toby gets a summer job at the new franchise of Killer Pizza which serves up pizzas with names like “the Frankensausage” or “the Montrosity.” He’s looking forward to learning some cooking skills to help him with his dream of becoming a celebrity chef. However, it turns out Killer Pizza is a front for a monster hunting organization that protects an unsuspecting public from man-eating monsters and Toby is their newest recruit. He begins training in weapons, monster lore and surveillance. Toby isn’t certain he has what it takes to be an MCO (monster containment officer). When fellow recruit Annabel is captured by a pack of guttata shapeshifters, Toby and Strobe are on their own to rescue her.

A team of misfits are recruited to take on monsters. This book had a fun premise and kept the fun coming with dangerous monsters and daring rescues. The monsters were deadly and some minor characters were eaten. The pack leader of the shapeshifting guttata was scary. Give this to graduates of the Goosebumps series who want to take their horror reading to the next level.
346p., 2009.