The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade
By: Max Brallier
Illustrator: Douglas Holgate
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade is the second in the New York Times bestselling Last Kids on Earth series by Max Brallier. The first book, The Last Kids on Earth, was a fantastic book. Read my review of that here.

The sequel finds Jack, Quint, June, and Dirk cateloging all the monsters in their own bestiary after having recently defeated Blarg at the end of the last book. With Jack’s photo taking skills, it should be easy to catalogue all the monsters, right? Of course it isn’t. They notice something is up with zombies on their bestiary quest.

They have mixed feelings about the missing zombies, and they want to get to the bottom of it. As they do, they find out they aren’t totally alone in the town of Wakefield.

The sequel introduces us to new creatures: Monsters from a different world, and they have taken refuge at Joe’s Pizza (and can speak English!). A new character, Thrull, informs the gang that Blarg was a powerful monster that worked for a powerful and evil villain that’s been around for a long time. We finally find the reason why there are monsters in Wakefield. The foreshadowing sets the stage for the rest of the book.

Are the missing zombies and this powerful monster somehow connected?

In his latest installment, Brallier mixes humor and thrill into a page turner that will be hard to put down. Jack and his friends go on many quests in the book, and Brallier and Holgate build a world full of interesting creatures. As with the first book, Holgate’s illustration are so seamless and well done that it adds to the thrilling flow of the story.

As the group misses death over and over, there is also a message in the book about accepting and being open to those that don’t look at you. Are monsters bad people just because they are monsters?

If your child or student loves to read graphic novels, this would be a great novel for them. While it’s not a graphic novel, it does have illustrations throughout the whole book. You can’t beat illustrations of monsters and a really cool treehouse fort!

If you love the action and adventure of a humor filled apocalypic quest, you should really check out this series. You won’t be disappointed. Once you do, come back and let me know how you liked it.

Other books by this author:

Galactic Hot Dogs 1: Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway

The School is Alive!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary 1)

Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

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