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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond by Max Brallier

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining ranks with Penguin Young Readers for a stop along their current tour starring the latest release in The Last Kids on Earth series.  It's BOOK FOUR featuring the motley crew of kiddos we've come to know and love, along with their monster friends...and foes.  Cue the dark and sinister music because today's evil plan unfolding is DEFINITELY a whopper ( candy'll make sense when you read it)!  So, ladies and gents, Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction fans of all ages, grab your winterized action gear and prepare for battle in...

The Last Kids on Earth, Book 4
Max Brallier
Illustrated by
Douglas Holgate

Viking Books for Young Readers

About the book...
It's the first winter after the Monster Apocalypse. For Jack and his buddies, that means sled catapults, epic snowball battles, and one monstrous Christmas celebration. But their winter wonderland turns dark when a villainess begins hunting them. And this villainess is different--she's a human.

When the villainess steals Jack's prized monster-slaying tool, the Louisville Slicer, he vows to get it back. But it won't be easy. Jack and his friends soon discover that the Louisville Slicer is the key to a dark plan that threatens the entire world--and beyond . . .


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It's beginning to look a lot like...Christmas?
Yep, Christmas...I mean, it comes every year and it's just about to reach that milestone mark for these kids, but what's a holiday without the presents, decorations, and a little...okay, A LOT of possibly-earth-ending-drama to make your day?  Am I right?  Okay, so not really, but all those elements DO exist here, and our group of friends are gonna have to pull together once again if they'll all going to make it out alive.  Oh yes, there is the my-friend-is-turning-zombie issue to deal with on top of the earth-ending-drama formerly mentioned, and this time, despite their best efforts, they may simply be too late... *-*

So, now that I have you on the edge of that cliffhanger, let me tell you this...the story was once again...AWESOME!  We had drama (loads), friendly banter (both human and monster), surprises galore (hello villainess, creepy eyeball thingy, and wait...why is there a portal over here?!), familiar faces (who's a good monster doggy!), and once again introductions that we wish we could forget (hello big ugly monster thingy...oh and look, there's that portal thingy again....).  We learn that our newfound monster friends are rather scared of winter (who knew!), sometimes the bigger they are the harder they...struggle to maintain their balance thereby throwing off the old adage and confusing everyone, and that our REAL FAMILY isn't simply whose blood we share, but whom we CHOOSE to be a part of our circle.  As a side note, we also learn that just because there are shared interests in geekdom nation awesomeness...doesn't mean there is a glimmer of goodness that's gonna shine like the sun, okay?  Okay.  Too bad Jack and his crew don't go in knowing that little pearl...

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Long story short, AWESOMENESS RESIDES WITHIN THESE PAGES!  It's got monsters, zombies, big baddies, and bigger baddies...but also a lot of heart.  So if you're ready to end some monster sized plans for world domination, join the gang for some kick butt fun!


About the author...

Max Brallier ( is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books and games, including the previous books in The Last Kids on Earth series. He is the creator and writer of Galactic Hot Dogs, an ongoing middle-grade web serial and book series with Aladdin. He writes for licensed properties including Adventure TimeRegular Show, and Uncle Grandpa. Under the pen name Jack Chabert, he is the creator and author of the Eerie Elementary series for Scholastic Books. In the olden days, he worked in the marketing department at St. Martin's Press. Max lives just outside of New York City with his wife and daughter.

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About the illustrator...

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Douglas Holgate has been a freelance comic book artist and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia, for more than ten years. He's illustrated books for publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster, and comics for Image, Dynamite, Abrams, and Penguin Random House.


Special thanks Friya at Penguin Young Readers for the copy for review and the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the series, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Viking Children's Books, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or at a virtual retailer of your choosing.  Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more OUT OF THIS WORLD fun!

September 11 – Dream Reader Kids
September 12 – Mommy Ramblings
September 13 – Jrsbookreviews
September 14 – LivtheBookNerd
September 17 – Gravity Bread  
September 19 – The O.W.L.
September 20 – A to Z Book Reviews
September 21 – Pink Polka Dot Books

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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