Last Kids on Earth and the Skeleton Road by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate


    Last Kids on Earth and the Skeleton Road by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate, Published by Viking, 9781984835345, 2020

Format: Hardcover, 312 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Action/Adventure Fantasy Fiction

What did you like about the book? Chock full of zany illustrations to complement the text, this sequel is sure to please fans of the series and leave them avidly awaiting the next installment.  This title can be read out of order, due to the recap provided by the author.  Jack and his friends, Quint, June, and Dirk are still trying to figure out how to defeat Thrull and his minions from releasing Ŗeżżõcħ into our dimension and dispelling humanity for good.  Training an elite zombie squad seems like a good start to Jack as he handpicks some recruits and puts them through the test.  Once that is complete, he and the gang are off to find Thrull’s tower, escape enemy monster hoards bent on their annihilation, and complete Dirk’s road trip; a typical day.  The campaign is fraught with numerous blunders and perils that add to the story line and will keep readers turning pages.  The transformation of America’s landscape and monsters of all variety are depicted using black and white illustrations.  Creative and puny, this title showcases friendship and determination while not being afraid to use slime.  

Anything you didn’t like about it? The plot of this book is kinetic, yet predictable.  Simple bathroom humor and gross-out factor will make it a hit with young readers, yet can get old.  

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 2 and up who enjoy humorous, highly illustrated stories like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or books in series will enjoy this text.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for elementary schools or public libraries that cannot get enough of this series or graphic novels.  

Where would you shelve it? Action/Adventure Fantasy Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside near the middle of a “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: December 17, 2020

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