Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Peas and Hambone Versus Flesh Eating Zombie Gorillas Review
We received a sample to review of Todd Nichols' new book, Peas and Hambone Versus Flesh Eating Zombie Gorillas.
Peter nicknamed Peas, is a 10 year old boy with an extraordinary dog. When no one else is around his dog Hambones can walk and talk like an adult! Peas and Hambones decide one day to sneak into the zoo. Hambones has beef with a gorilla who threw dirt at him, he wants to get him back. While looking for the dirt-throwing gorilla they stumble upon an evil plot and a mad scientist. The gorillas in the zoo have all been given a potion that turns them into flesh eating zombie gorillas. It becomes up to Peas and Hambones to save the world from these zombie gorillas and find an antidote to cure them.
My 10 year old son and I read this book together. He was laughing by the end of the first chapter. Between the vocabulary and the pacing he was kept interested until the end. I have even heard him using a couple catch phrases from the book like "oh my shnippies" He related well with the characters and would love to read more of Pea's and Hambone's adventures.
The title of the book may have some thinking it is a horror story, but it is quite the opposite It tends to focus more on the humorous antics of Peas and Hambone. Thrown in are some crazy funny chases, absurd combat, and some gross humor that kids love! The book is about 120 pages, long enough for young readers to enjoy a great adventure and short enough that they're not going to close the book in boredom.
The author of Peas and Hambone Versus Flesh Eating Zombie Gorillas is Todd Nichols. Todd Nichol's has been an elementary teacher for the last 11 years. A concord native, he earned his bachelor's degree in cardiopulmonary science in 1993 from Northeastern University. There he later, also received his masters degree in education. Currently, Nichols lives in Massachusetts with his wife, five year old twins, and a cat named Pokey. The only thing he is more passionate about than being an elementary teacher, is writing. This hobby lead him to writing Peas and Hambone Versus Flesh Eating Zombie Gorillas. He said he was not a big reader as a child, not until later in college. He wished he would of had material that engaged him as a child. This made him decide he wanted to write an authentic engaging book for kids.
This book has our thumbs up! It's a great summer read!