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Nov 20 2017

Zombie's Birthday Apocalypse by Zack Zombie

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Diary of a Minecraft Zombie book 9. Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781743818350
(Age: 7-9) Themes: Zombies, Friendship, Birthdays. The popular fan fiction series continues with Zack Zombie's preparations for his epic thirteenth birthday party. His birthday falls on Halloween making it an extra special celebration. With his plans to host a Larry Snotter party, Zombie realises that he needs to find a job to finance his expensive costume. On Tuesday when he tries to find his human friend Steve to discuss his party, he has disappeared. As he checks out the nearby woods, Zack observes a strange occurrence amongst the other villagers who are walking around with large pumpkin heads.
With his neighbourhood preparing scary Halloween decorations in their front yard, Zack helps Old Man Jenkins with his old Zombie horse. Mr Jenkins' old bones keep falling apart and he offers him a job grooming the horse. With a competition for the scariest costume at school, talk of a Zombie Apocalypse, the mob villagers disappearing and trying to organise his birthday party, Zack is keeps busy. The final scenes of saving the mob of pumpkin head villagers using the school oval sprinklers and Ursula the Witch's potion prove exciting for Zack and his friends.
Zombie's Birthday Apocalypse is a fun junior novel, packed full of familiar characters, Minecraft images and the strange lives of Zack, his family and friends. Humour, grossness, body jokes and plenty of Minecraft activities are just right for the fans of this popular series.
Rhyllis Bignell

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