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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Case File 13: Zombie Kid is a suspenseful but still very silly horror tale, with lots of jokes about vomit, body odor, and other gross biological functions. The three main characters are obsessed with Halloween and monsters, but their pranks are mostly harmless.
What's the story?
Nick is hugely disappointed when the death of his great-aunt in New Orleans causes him to miss Halloween at home with his friends Carter and Angelo. To make matters worse, he returns with a cursed amulet that has turned him into a real-life zombie. \"The Three Monsterteers\" at first think Nick's state of undeath is cool, but after the dreaded Zombie King shows up, they band together to remove the curse -- not only for Nick's sake but for the fate of the entire world!
Is it any good?
CASE FILE 13: ZOMBIE KID is a goofy, humorous horror adventure likely to please readers who enjoy monsters, light scares, and plenty of jokes about body functions. Nick and his friends are exaggerated types, but their interplay feels relaxed and realistic. Don't pretend, though, that the zombie mumbo-jumbo in the plot has much to do with the actual practice of vodoun and other Caribbean religions/folklore.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the horror genre in books and movies. What's so fun about scary stories?
Why is Halloween such a special holiday to many kids? What are your favorite parts of the day?
Is it OK to sneak out of the house at night? What are some of the dangers of being out alone after midnight?
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