A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Unless you’re looking for tips on how to fight zombies, this book has little in the way of educational information.
It’s a world of good vs. evil, and good shines through: friendship, perseverance, and rainbow unicorns.
Positive Role Models
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.
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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.
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.
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