Attack of the Shark-Headed Zombie

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New to the Random House list is author Bill Doyle with a tale of monsters, magic, and mayhem.

After Keats and Henry lose their bikes, they need money—fast. So the help-wanted ad at the supermarket seems ideal for them. All they have to do is weed Hallway House's garden, find some lightbulbs in the attic, sweep the garage . . . and battle a shark-headed zombie. But no one told them about the giant bookworms in the library, the toe-biting carpet ...

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Overview

New to the Random House list is author Bill Doyle with a tale of monsters, magic, and mayhem.

After Keats and Henry lose their bikes, they need money—fast. So the help-wanted ad at the supermarket seems ideal for them. All they have to do is weed Hallway House's garden, find some lightbulbs in the attic, sweep the garage . . . and battle a shark-headed zombie. But no one told them about the giant bookworms in the library, the toe-biting carpet in the halls, and the kitchen sinkhole!

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Aimed straight at proto-Goosebumps fans, this formulaic series opener pits two 9-year-olds against a great white shark with legs. Having lost his bike in a lake thanks to the latest hare-brained scheme of his impulsive cousin Henry, bookish Keats reluctantly agrees to finance a replacement by earning some money taking on odd jobs at a spooky local mansion. The prosaic task of weeding the garden quickly turns into an extended flight through a series of magical rooms after a shark monster rises out of the ground and gives chase. Dashing from one narrow squeak to the next, the lads encounter a kitchen with an invisible "sink," a giant vomiting bookworm in the library, a carpet pattern in the hall that (literally) bites and, most usefully, a magic wand that they get to keep (setting up future episodes) after spelling the monster away. Tilted points of view give the occasional illustrations more energy than the labored plot ever musters, and the characters rarely show even two dimensions. Fledgling readers will do better in the hands of Jim Benton's Franny K. Stein series or Bruce and Katherine Coville's Moongobble and Me books. (Horror. 8-10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375866753
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 811,952
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

BILL DOYLE is the author of Behind Enemy Lines: True Stories of Amazing Courage (Scholastic) and the Crime Through Time series (Little Brown). He's also written for Sesame, Time for Kids, and Rolling Stone. He lives New York City. Check out his Web site at BillDoyle.net

SCOTT ALTMANN did the cover illustrations for Hanging Hill and Black Heart Crypt. He likes sushi, playing guitar, and causing mischief.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Awesome adventure

    I think it would be better if it was longer

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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