Kids Corner – The Zombie Chasers: Undead Ahead by John Kloepfer

A Zinger of a Zombie Series!

Zombie Chasers 2 Undead AheadThe Zombie Chasers: Undead Ahead
by John Kloepfer; Illustrated by Steve Wolfhard

Series: Zombie Chasers (Book 2)
Paperback Publication Date: November 22, 2011
Original Publication Date: March 29, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Length: 204pp
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-185308-1

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Publisher Synopsis


Zack Clarke, his best pal, Rice, and middle school queen bee Madison Miller survived the night of the living dead—but the nightmare’s not over yet! Rice may have found the zombie cure. Now the whole country—from their parents to the president—is counting on them. Can the Zombie Chasers save the nation from brain-gobbling ghouls? Or will the US of A become the US of Z?

My Review

Zack, Madison, Rice, Greg, and Twinkles all survived their own night of the living undead when a zombie outbreak occurred in their hometown of Phoenix. When Undead Ahead begins, they’ve reached Tucson Air Force Base where the President advised residents to go for safety. There, our heroes meet Ozzie Briggs, who turns out to be a Colonel’s son. They share their thoughts on a zombie cure with the powers that be, convinced that ginkgo biloba-infused vegan Madison has super immunity, and that she’s the key to winning this war.

Hang on tight! You’re in for another rollicking ride! Undead Ahead picks up right where its predecessor left off and doesn’t miss a zombified heartbeat. Every enjoyable ingredient from the first installment is intact and fully present in this second helping: the humor, the action, the guts and gore. In fact, Kloepfer has upped the ante with an extra-heaping of ooze, slime, pus, and putrification!

This series is a definite doozy that will be devoured by even the most reluctant of readers. Filled with descriptive words and active verbs, Kloepfer’s writing has an immediacy that brings the story to vivid life. Readers will not only be able to picture the scene, they’ll likely feel they can smell the rotting flesh! And when Zack and company return to the school (where it was parent-teacher night) to encounter throngs of zombified parents and teachers, kids may vicariously live out their most inspired school-day imaginings.

Kloepfer makes full use of each and every setting and venue, as the kids run from the Air Force Base to the school, the bank, the airport, and the nation’s Capital. His creativity and enthusiasm, along with Wolfhard’s awesomely gross and gruesome supporting illustrations, keeps this zombie fest from ever turning rank and stale.

— Dawn Teresa


4 Hearts - Final

4 of 5 Hearts. A Zinger of a Zombie Series!

The Zombie Chasers: Undead Ahead continues John Kloepfer’s fantastic feast of foul. Kids will gobble these tales whole, so be armed and ready with the next installment, Sludgment Day. Kloepfer has hit the ground running. Be they attached or otherwise, this zombie series definitely has legs!


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