Fred is one of those rare boys that actually likes going to school… well, he did until now. He started getting picked on for something he has no control over… being a zombie.
Most people think of zombies as mindless creatures that roam the world searching for others to infect, in fact that couldn’t be further from the truth. All Fred wants to do is bake!
He dreams of opening his very own cake shop one day, but pastry school is extremely expensive! Then an opportunity comes along that could help his dreams become reality.
This is a charming children's chapter book. I loved it!
Fred is a fantastic character. I really liked him. He is a kind and loving boy (not sure of exact age but think around eleven or twelve). He also loves to bake and dreams of owning his own bakery one day. Unfortunately, he has to deal with school bullies.
This story is told in a memoir style through Fred's eyes and takes the reader on a journey of discovery. Fred may be a zombie, but he has the same emotions as the rest of us. He gets excited, happy, sad, angry and frustrated by most of the same situations as ordinary humans.
This book is ideal for children with short attention spans as it's only 66 pages long. This story tackles the issue of bullying and shows that it's okay to be different, and with hard work you can attain your dream (whatever it may be). There are some interesting characters introduced and I really liked Fred's friends, Ervin, James and Ben, as they stand by him even though he's different to them. They like him just the way he is. I did feel sorry for Ervin during one scene though. He had to trust Fred even though he was terrified, but it made me like him even more and wish he was my friend too. There is action and adventure, with enough excitement to keep a young reader's attention. I love baking too, so reading about the cake Fred baked made my mouth water. So much so that I ended up baking a cake for myself later. I must admit that I would have loved if the story was longer, but then it wouldn't be a chapter book. Nevertheless, I was sad to reach the end even though it ended satisfactorily.
J.S. Rumble has written an entertaining chapter book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love her writing style, which is not particularly fast paced though easy enough for children to follow whether reading on their own, or being read to by their parents. The flow is wonderful too. This is the second book I've read by this author and I would definitely consider reading more of her books in the future.
I highly recommend this chapter book to young children aged 5-10, and to adults looking for a chapter book to keep their little ones entertained. - Lynn Worton
This is a picture book meant for young children who are starting to learn how to read, or it is simple enough to be read to toddlers. The pictures are bright and vibrant. It is about a little boy who seems to be in a bad mood over every little thing, throwing tantrums, but his parents always respond to him in a calm manner, instead of yelling and punishing. I think this is good because if they just yelled back at him, the child would learn to solve things by yelling, instead of solving things nicely and calmly. By the end, the boy is in a happier mood.
I think this book could be good for children and parents/caregivers.
Disclaimer: I received this from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the chance to read this!
Both books get 5 stars
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz, Dirk Zimmer (Artwork)
This is a "I can read" book, but I feel like books should not have an age limit. This is cute and I believe kids and adults of all ages could enjoy it. I love the artwork by Dirk Zimmer.
"Have you seen the ghost of John? Long white Bones and flesh on g-o-n-e? Ooooooooh! Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin o-n?
Ghosts! Ghostly Tales From Folklore by Alvin Schwartz, Victoria Chess (Artwork)
This is also an "I can read" book, but who cares! I found it really cute and can see it being a little spooky for some children. It also has interesting artwork by Victoria Chess. There is a story in this about a ribbon that I can remember vividly from first reading it in my childhood. I could have swore that story was in the "Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark" book, but nope! I really loved 98% of these stories.
I love these stories. I much prefer the original artwork by Stephen Gammell. It is nostalgic, plus I feel like the artwork and stories belong together. The stories are not the same without the original art. That being said, there is nothing wrong with the updated art by Brett Helquist; it isn't bad, just I have no idea why they would even change the art in the first place.
If I were to run across Brett Helquist's artwork somewhere else and they were not tied to this books and my childhood nostalgia, I would really like them quite a lot. I am interested in his work and would read other books he does the artwork for. In fact, I love the art in A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Original Covers & Art
Updated Covers & Art
Comparison of their art style: Stephen verses Brett
As you can see, both are very good, but people who grew up with the original might agree with me in saying Stephen's is much more frightening and belongs with the text.