Saturday, January 3, 2015

Book Review: Zombie Elementary by Howard Whitehouse

Book Title: Zombie Elementary

Author: Howard Whitehouse

Publish Date: September 9, 2014

Genre: Middle Grade

About the Book (from Goodreads):  
Larry Mullet is your typical fourth grader. He's not the biggest kid or the smartest kid or the best looking kid. He rides his bike, plays baseball, takes the school bus, avoids cafeteria food, and--oh yeah, he's a zombie hunting expert. Larry was just doing his usual thing when Alex Bates from Ms Hoag's class tried to eat him. Sadly, that was only the beginning. Something odd was going on at Brooks Elementary... and it was up to Larry and his friends to take charge (for some reason). Hilariously told interview-style as a record of the REAL story, and peppered with zombie tips and facts, zombie cheerleaders and plenty of gore, this book will be a surefire hit for anyone interested in a ghoulishly good life-or-death comedy.

Why I Read this Book: I was given a physical copy of this book from the author (as part of Library Thing) in exchange for an honest review.  This in no way influenced my review.


Maybe it is just because I am an adult and this book was written for a middle grade audience, but I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought that I would.  Overall, I found that the plot was simplistic and sometimes filled with unrealistic twists.  The conclusion to the book left me unsatisfied.  Although the book is written for a younger audience, it often had implied foul words; it used symbols or replacement words instead of saying the actual foul word.  I do not find this appropriate for anyone, much less a young audience.  There were also derogatory jokes towards stereotypical school groups, such as cheerleaders being brainless before they were turned into zombies.

Overall, I just did not find the book satisfying.  Many minor plot lines were left unfinished and the characters were not very developed.  If you enjoy humorous books with cheesy humor, this may be the book for you.  This is just not the genre that I typically read, so I found that the book was not for me.

Final Statements

Overall Rating: 2/5

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