A Zany Zombie Gross-Fest for the Younger Crowd
The Zombie Chasers
by John Kloepfer; Illustrated by Steve Wolfhard
Series: Zombie Chasers (Book 1)
Paperback Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Original Publication Date: June 1, 2010
When brain-gobbling zombies invade, a sleepover at Zack Clarke’s house quickly turns into a Level-3 creep-over. The undead have infested the streets, filling the air with deathly moans and the stench of rotting flesh.
Meet the Zombie Chasers:
Zack: His house is a wreck, his sister’s a zombie, and he’s stolen his mom’s Volvo. He’s totally going to be grounded if he survives the night. . . .
Rice: He’s studied The Zombie Survival Guide, but is he prepared to fight the living dead?
Madison: She seriously cannot believe her best friend has become a zombie and left her alone with these dweebs!
They’re on a mission to save the world, but first they have to survive their flesh-eating, half-dead neighbors — and one another. Can the Zombie Chasers make it out alive?
All Zack wanted to do was finish the final slice of leftover birthday cake in the fridge. But life suddenly gets dangerous, and more than cake is at stake. His older sister is having a sleepover, and the girls have decided to kick off their night by taping Zack to a chair, giving him a makeover, filming the torture session, and threatening to upload it to YouTube. As if that’s not frightening enough, what started as a struggle to escape the clutches of Zoe and Company becomes a fight for survival when Zack discovers that his house is besieged by zombies!
During a long road trip, we stopped at a Barnes & Noble where I spotted this awesome little book. I’ve read YA zombie books a-plenty, but I hadn’t realized that Middle Grade authors were creating their own zombie canon for the younger crowd. Back in the car and headed home, I was so excited to discover what The Zombie Chasers had in store that I began to read it out loud. We quickly discovered this book makes the perfect read-aloud! We were happily entertained for the remainder of trip — about three hours — as I recited Zack’s zombie adventures.
Steve Wolfhard’s line drawings add to the pleasure while ramping up the creepiness quotient. I especially liked the chapter heading illustrations where each number is brought to life by an undead or two in various stages of decay. Kids will enthusiastically tear through each chapter looking forward to and relishing these and the other images that pepper the text.
Character development takes a backseat to plot which drives the story. Replete with humor, action, blood and guts, there is never a dull moment. Boys everywhere, even those reluctant to read, will be blissfully grossed out as they turn the pages. And when they’ve reached the end, which is a teaser of a cliffhanger, they’ll clamor for more!
— Dawn Teresa
4 of 5 Hearts. A Zany Zombie Gross-Fest for the Younger Crowd.
The Zombie Chasers is just the beginning of an already growing series. With subsequent titles like Undead Ahead, Sludgment Day, Empire State of Slime, Nothing Left to Ooze, and the upcoming Zombies of the Caribbean (October 7, 2014), Kloepfer will simultaneously slake his readers’ thirsts and whet their appetites. And you’ll never look at the coming Zombie Apocalypse the same way again!
Continue the Story with Book 2!