By Max Brallier
Illustrated by Douglas Holgate
AR Level: 4.1
AR Points: 3.0
Word Count: 21916
I suggest 3rd through 6th (but don’t be surprised to see 7th graders enjoying a sneaky read!)
You had me at MONSTER APOCALYPSE!(!!!) The first in a highly popular “Last Kid’s” series, this book is a romp. The author has pretty much tapped into a buffet of pre-teen fun. A wise-cracking hero struggling to survive alone in a town turned into zombies? CHECK! Cool treehouse headquarters? CHECK!! Only, there are other kids? CHECK!!! And one of those kids is the school bully? CHECK!!!! …But wait, there’s more! This book is a graphic novel hybrid complete with fun illustrations that perfectly accompany the text.
Description from BN.com:
Ever since the monster apocalypse hit town, average thirteen year old Jack Sullivan has been living in his tree house, which he’s armed to the teeth with catapults and a moat, not to mention video games and an endless supply of Oreos and Mountain Dew scavenged from abandoned stores. But Jack alone is no match for the hordes of Zombies and Winged Wretches and Vine Thingies, and especially not for the eerily intelligent monster known only as Blarg. So Jack builds a team: his dorky best friend, Quint; the reformed middle school bully, Dirk; Jack’s loyal pet monster, Rover; and Jack’s crush, June. With their help, Jack is going to slay Blarg, achieve the ultimate Feat of Apocalyptic Success, and be average no longer! Can he do it?
Told in a mixture of text and black-and-white illustration, this is the perfect book for any kid who’s ever dreamed of starring in his or her own comic book or video game. And then grab the rest of the series, now a New York Times bestseller!
With awesome illustrations at just 21916 words, it’s a super fast read that’s super fun to read.