I really wanted to love this book...
A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies: A Bedtime Book about the Coming Apocalypse by Paul Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I thought this book would be something new and different. Well, it is. It brings up many things that we should pay attention to and be worried about. There are also a few ideas that are stretching it a bit, but that's okay too. It's a story about real things that could happen, but also some that probably won't.
I had planned to let my kids read this. I thought they would like the subject matter and find it interesting and even funny. However, I changed my mind because of one page. I feel the page that took it a bit too far was the one that took a political turn. I don't think this should have been added to this book. Others may have a different opinion. The actual subject matter, nuclear war/bombs, is a real threat that could happen one day. I just feel it should have been presented in a different way. If you read this book, you will know exactly what I'm talking about. There was no need to include the person that was on that page. This could have been a great book to explain to kids the threats that are out there, but to put that kind of opinion in the book did not seem appropriate. The author and illustrator are going to alienate a large audience of people that do not agree with them.
The other pages were great, and the father's face in the lower corner of each page was pretty funny. However, the book pretty much turned me off when it turned political. This is unfortunate because I usually enjoy things like books and movies with zombie themes.
I really wanted to love this book. I would have gladly given this book a 5 star review if that one page hadn't been presented in the way that it was.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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