PopularMMOs Presents A Hole New World

Book review by
Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Imaginative good-vs.-evil tale for gamers, Pat + Jen fans.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Unless you’re looking for tips on how to fight zombies, this book has little in the way of educational information.

Positive Messages

It’s a world of good vs. evil, and good shines through: friendship, perseverance, and rainbow unicorns.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jen is kind, level-headed and fierce, but there’s a lot of pettiness among the other characters. 

Violence & Scariness

The battling is almost nonstop, but none of it is actually scary. 

Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PopularMMOs Presents A Hole New World is full of characters from Pat + Jen’s wildly popular Minecraft-based YouTube channel, PopularMMOs. The graphic novel is action-packed and the vivid illustrations are captivating. The simple story is a fast read for kids, but the Pat-Jen-Carter triangle could be a bit of a weird dynamic for young readers. Carter wants Jen to leave Pat for him, which annoys Pat. The two boys pick at each other most of the time, and Jen is in the middle, seemingly unaware of how much Carter likes her.

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What's the story?

In POPULARMMOS PRESENTS A WHOLE NEW WORLD, Jen, Pat and Carter must rescue Pat’s best friend Bumby from Evil Jen and the zombies she’s dispatched to kill Good Jen. When the frenemies fall down a hole and find themselves in Evil Jen’s world, they run into other friends, including Captain Cookie, who insults everyone on his ship, and Mr. Rainbow, the magical sheep who gives each member of the trio a mystery box to help them fight Evil Jen. The group has to find the castle, battle zombies with swords and ingenuity, save Bumby, and get home before time runs out.

Is it any good?

Filled with eye-popping illustrations and action, young readers who love Pat + Jen’s YouTube channel will also enjoy their adventures. PopularMMOs Presents A Hole New World is a fast read, and the story is a standard good vs. evil zombie adventure with a hefty dose of Minecraft that will keep readers’ attention. But Carter’s continuous pursuit of Jen (despite her relationship with Pat) and Pat’s irritated response puts the female lead in the role of peacemaker – albeit a strong, determined one who's unafraid of hand-to-hand combat. There’s nothing educational about this book, but it does keep readers engaged and gives them a place to let their imaginations run wild.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the characters in A Hole New World work together despite being annoyed at each other. When you feel angry or frustrated, how do you get past that to make a situation better?

  • If you were Jen, how would you deal with Carter’s nonstop efforts to impress you? If you were Carter, how do you think Jen would feel about your efforts?

  • What do you like about reading graphic novels? What others have you read?

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