Wednesday 28 March 2018

BOOK REVIEW - Moore Zombies: The Search for Gargoy by Wendy Knuth

Moore Zombies: The Search for Gargoy
Author: Wendy Knuth
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publication Date: September 24th, 2014

Book Description:
You’re not really afraid of zombies, are you? Take a peek into the lives of the Moore zombie family. When Gargoy goes missing, Baby Zom enlists her siblings to help in the search. Follow along with Gothina, the critter loving goth zombie, Broheimer, the nerdy zombie, and Kamper, the messy zombie who enjoys camping. Who, or what, is Gargoy? Read on to find out!!

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A mystery tale about four zombie siblings working together to find Baby Zom's toy, Gargoy. The illustrations were colourful and very detailed. I loved the relationship between the siblings and how well they got along. Although this a family of zombies, I liked that there were no negative stereotypes associated with the family because of stigma, being that they're members of the undead. We didn't get any interactions between the family and the outside world, which would have been nice to see, but from the hints thrown around here and there (like the father's mask), we still get a sense of the world's view on the family, being that zombies are terrifying creatures. Perhaps this will be explored in other books featuring the Moore Family.

I didn't much like the narration. While it did involve the readers on the quest - curiosity to find out what happened to Gargoy and what Gargoy was - it didn't engage me on an emotional level. The narrator was simply reporting what happened, but the story was missing heart and soul for me.

It's a good read. It just didn't do much for me. I think kids between the ages of 5-7 will enjoy the story, especially the illustrations.


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Own copy

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