By Michael Berry,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Kids jump dimensions in goofy sci-fi graphic novel.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Science fiction meant to entertain. The bioengineering premise is not realistic, but it's interesting to contemplate biotechnology out of control.
People from different backgrounds can work together to solve problems.
Positive Role Models
Tween twins Ivan and Axl risk their lives as they help battle out-of-control copies of people, vehicles, and bee monsters.
Violence & Scariness
The kids are chased by gruesome monsters, but no one really gets hurt.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Apocalypse Taco is a sci-fi graphic novel by cartoonist Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony) it follows twin brothers Ivan and Axl as they try to outrun monstrous organisms that copy themselves as they eat everything in sight. The freaky artwork might scare younger readers, but there's no actual bloodshed. And there's no sex, swearing, or substance use.
Where to Read
Based on 1 parent review
MG with midnight movie charm.
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What's the Story?
As APOCALYPSE TACO begins, 11-year-old twins Ivan and Axl and 16-year-old Sid take a break from their late-night drama troupe duties. But before they can return with Mexican fast food, their vehicle is attacked by many-limbed creatures that seem to be imperfect copies of people, cars, and buildings. The kids will need to use their wits, their truck, and even their windshield scraper to prevent the runaway biology experiment from taking over the world.
Is It Any Good?
Humor and horror sometimes mix well, and this fast-moving sci-fi adventure finds the right balance between scary and silly. Apocalypse Taco shows the dangers of artificial life, and author-cartoonist Nathan Hale uses his impressive artistic skills to bring the infestation to queasy life. The twins provide plenty of comic relief, but the level of suspense stays elevated. Fans of Hale's One Trick Pony wil enjoy this tale, as will newcomers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Apocalypse Taco portrays kids and teens confronting an out-of-this-world situation. Think you'd be able to use your wits to defeat monsters attacking your town?
Why is unregulated biotechnology dangerous? Does technology always have a positive impact on people?
In what ways are graphic novels well-suited for science fiction? What other sci-fi graphic novels do you like?
- Author: Nathan Hale
- Illustrator: Nathan Hale
- Genre: Graphic Novel
- Topics: Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Amulet Books
- Publication date: March 26, 2019
- Number of pages: 128
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: April 24, 2019
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