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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade is the second volume of the graphic novel series by writer Max Brallier and illustrator Douglas Holgate. The emphasis is on action, adventure, and silly humor as four suburban kids fight monsters from another dimension. There are some cartoonishly violent scenes, but the kids spend more time running away than fighting, and their weapons tend to involve household items like fireworks and weed killer.
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What's the story?
As THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE ZOMBIE PARADE opens, Jack Sullivan and his three best friends have survived the zombie apocalypse but now find themselves menaced by other, more vicious monsters. Only the intervention of a friendly seeming monster named Thrull prevents them from being eaten by the Wormungulous that lives under the local mall. Later, though, Jack begins wondering where all the zombies have gone. He keeps hearing a strange shrieking sound at night, as if something is trying to summon the walking dead. Assisted by best buddies June, Quint, and Dirk, Jack follows a trail of clues that lead to an attempt to summon an interdimensional destroyer of worlds.
Is it any good?
It's hard to find something unexpected to do with zombies, but this clever mix of black-and-white drawings and vivid prose brings new life to the living dead. The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade continues the story from the first volume but ups the ante to include even more deadly antagonists. Jack and his friends are brave, resourceful, and funny, a comfortable mix of middle school types that still avoid being stereotypical.
Author Max Brallier and illustrator Douglas Holgate undoubtedly have something big up their sleeves for the finale. Reluctant readers ready for further humorous monster mayhem will eagerly await the conclusion.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade imagines the presumed end of the world. Why are stories set during or after the apocalypse so popular?
What makes for a strong friendship? What qualities do you look for in a friend?
What kinds of behavior build trust between people? How do you gain or lose someone's trust?
- Author: Max Brallier
- Illustrator: Doulgas Holgate
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: September 6, 2016
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 304
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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