Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Welcome in Fall with a Good Book -- "The Rise of Zombert" is a Spooky New Chapter Book Series Perfect for a Fun Halloween Read (Review)

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest and thorough review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Could Bert really be a zombie cat?  

Two friends put their brains together to find out in this wry new mystery series

(Also available in paperback and Kindle)

My middle-grade reading level daughters have been looking for a fun new book to read as Halloween nears. They were on the hunt for a book that was a little spooky and scary, and that would be a page turner.  Well, they got what they requested and more when they received a copy of "Rise of Zombert" last week from, thanks to the kind folks at Candlewick Press.  

"Rise of Zombert" is a new 3-part middle-grade mysteries series for kids, that will have kids on the edge of their chairs as they read this page turning book.  My girls took turns reading the book, as we were sent one copy, but were quick to finish all 134 pages in record time, as they couldn't put the book down, and also they wanted the other person to read the book, so that they could talk about their favorite chacters, plot and plot twists throughout the book. I even ended up reading the book the other night, as my girls haven't stopped talking about this book since reading it, and have even gotten a few of their friends to read it, to see what they were missing. And, once their friends read it, they were talking non-stop, too, about the book, and how they can't wait to read the next book in this three-book series from Geisel Honor author Kara LaReau and illustrator Ryan Andrews.

Here is more about "Rise of Zombert":

About this book:

"While helping her best friend, Danny, film his latest horror flick, Mellie discovers a scraggly cat behind a dumpster outside the YummCo Foods factory. Mellie names the stray Bert and hides him in her room, knowing her parents won’t let her keep him. But soon Bert has decapitated all her stuffed animals, and before long he is leaving the headless corpses of birds and mice as gifts for her. Danny is convinced the cat is a zombie, living on the brains of his victims. But is that what is really going on? Award-winning author Kara LaReau lets loose a fresh and sharply funny new mystery series, with an irresistible touch of the macabre. Fans of creepy stories and animal lovers alike will devour this fast-moving first episode in one gulp."


Doesn't this sound like a great book for middle-grade readers to enjoy, especially with Halloween fast upon us?  With Halloween cancelled around here, I ended up getting my girls a few bags of their favorite candy, and a couple books of their Amazon book wish list so that they could cozy up under a warm blanker on the couch and read a good book this Halloween.  My daughters are planning to read this book again on Halloween and make some spooky snacks to enjoy while reading. :-)

Like I said, I read this book, and found myself enjoying it just as much as my girls did. I like how the story is told by multiple characters including the cat. I also like how there are a variety of themes that kids will pick up on while reading the book including friendship between Mellie and Danny, bullying, and even caring for a pet, as Mellie is worried when Bert doesn't want to eat his cat food she bought him.  While the book is not overly creepy, it does have a spooky feel to it.  It definitely is a great new chapter book series to get hooked on, and eagerly await for the remaining installments to be released by the author/publisher.  

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest and thorough review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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