Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Bed for Fred

A Bed for Fred
by Lori Zoss
illustrated by Cheri Polk

Hardcover, 24 pages
Published November 16th 2013 by Hugo House Publishers
Fred has outgrown his lovely red bed. His dad wants to surprise him with a brand new big-dog bed. However, when Fred can't find his bed or his Dad, he grows worried and begins searching everywhere for them. His friends try to help him by showing him what they think of as good sleeping places - the cricket discovers a pile of leaves and the frog spies a log. Yet it is the wise old owl that helps Fred settle down and return home where his father is waiting with the surprise.
This is a cute, rhyming picture book about the big step from a baby bed to a big-kid bed. The illustrations are pleasant and the story fun. However, some of the rhymes seem a tad awkward and forced. Overall it gets the point across in a sweet way.

I received an e-galley via NetGalley.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Playing Dead

Playing Dead
Zombie Kid Diaries #1
by Fred Perry and David Hutchison
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Antarctic Press

An obvious parody of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books with thinly veiled nods to Pokemon and various video games. However, I liked it more than I thought I would. Considering I am not much of a zombie fan, this is the second book in that genre I have read in the past couple weeks. (I liked Zombie Baseball Beatdown more). Bill has a rather unfortunate life made even more so by some of his mother's questionable cooking. Despite his new zombieness, Bill continues to do his regular things like going to school and doing just enough homework to keep a B-/C+ average then spending his free time mastering video games. He is in middle school now so there are all sorts of kids to deal with, including bullies, of course. This format will be popular for reluctant readers (mostly boys) who like humor and kind of gross zombie things.