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The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond
By: Max Brallier
Illustrated by: Douglas Holgate
Publisher: Viking Children’s Books

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that I truly love the Last Kids on Earth Series by Max Brallier. The fourth book in the series is finally out! In The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond, kids are facing off against a…HUMAN. A villainess, with a monster by her side, has stolen Jack’s Louisville Slicer. The bat is Jack’s most prized possession, and it’s helped kill multiple monsters! The group most do whatever it takes to get it back.

It’s also the first winter since the monsters took over, and getting the bat back is harder than it looks. The good monsters are afraid of snow and ice, and the kids don’t have the best clothes for winter. But they still try to show the good monsters how fun snow, ice, and Christmas can be. But that has to be put on hold as the team sets out to retrieve the bat.

But as they get closer to finding the villainess and the bat, the kids find out that the stolen bat is a part of a dark plan to take over the world. Jack and his friends must retrieve the bat before it’s too late. Will they have a Christmas miracle and save the day? Brallier has the innate ability to continue to write an adventure filled series. The concept is still the same: the kids face a enemy creature. But Brallier makes it different and a compelling read each and every time. The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond is no different. It’s funny, compelling, and thrilling.

I think that connects with readers, and that’s why his book is being made in a TV show. The series just clicks with young readers. As one middle school student told me recently about this series, “I like that the characters are realistic. Some authors don’t know how to write kids, but this author does.” The book has snark and jokes, and it’s just a good time with some amazing friends.

The illustrations by Douglas Holgate add to the feel of the book. The Last Kids on Earth series is the gold standard in illustrated novels. The creative team of Brallier & Holgate have created the perfect mixture of words and images to make the story progress.

This series still shines brightly, and the fourth book is a must read.

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September 18 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

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