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Five Little Zombies and Fred Paperback – Large Print, October 5, 2012
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About the Author
Jules Sherred is the parent of two teenage young men, and does way more than should be legal. Most notably, he is the General Manager and Programming Director of The Look 24/7, host of the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show and the offshoot website, Geeky Pleasures, and contributor to many websites. You can follow Jules on Twitter @GeekyJules. Also, Jules LOVES STAR TREK.
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Pros: Well made, lovely made illustrations, little easter eggs to find on each page that make kids giggle. Is a kinder reading level.
Just so you know, I REALLY regret having to leave a "con" review for this. But as a teacher who works in NYC, I feel responsible & need to.
I don't remember if this is a "look inside" - if it is, then it is my own fault for purchasing. But I think I came to this link off a website & was so enamored of the idea for a Halloween read aloud that I bought it anyway.
Adorable idea, so I thought when I bought to read to my K & 1st grade as a Halloween read aloud... BUT.... I couldn't read it to my classes because the main character uses a gun to shoot the zombies in the head, and the zombies are lying in a pool of blood on the ground after (you see the blood but not the zombie on the next page following being shot). In general, the subject matter is a little too scary for the reading age level it's geared towards - the shooting and the blood are not great on their own, but also if you teach kids who are in areas that deal with shootings, this will trigger really negative memories.
Let me tell you about what makes this book so special. You need to pay attention to the numerous hidden stories in the background. After reading about Fred's adventures, go back to the beginning and check it out again...this time, look at the mini-stories. Between the cows, penguins, polar bears, people, and clouds, there are so many other fun things going on!
The book's illustrations are whimsical and put smiles on my whole family's face! It's illustrated in the style of a young child's book, but trust me, you probably won't want read this to your two-year-old. If your kids are familiar with zombies and you have no problems with teaching your children what to do in case of a zombie apocalypse, by all means, this will make a GREAT gift!
The book is fun, quirky and very Canadian. He asks a Mountie for help! Although how fred got the gun in the first place would make an amazing prequel!
It is great for ages 7 and up.
It has blood/violence but is not realistic.
Unlike most books like this, it can be read again and again because of the wonderful illustration.