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The last kids on earth and the cosmic beyond
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9780425292082
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257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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During the first winter after the Monster Apocalypse, Jack and his buddies prepare for a monstrous Christmas celebration, but a supervillainess steals Jack's prized monster-slaying weapon, his Louisville Slicer, and he vows to get it back.
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Summary

Summary

The newest installment in this New York Times bestselling series introduces new monsters, new bad guys, and tons of new laughs!

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...


Author Notes

Douglas Holgate is a freelance illustrator, comic artist and toy designer based in Melbourne, Australia. Some of his work, along the Jen Breach, includes a picture book, Something's Amiss at the Zoo (a picture book), Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race (a graphic novel), and Maralinga, book 1 of a series and winner of a 2014 Australian Society of Authors Children's Picture Book Illustrators' Initiative prize and a 2016 Bronze Ledger Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Horn Book Review

In this entertaining fourth Last Kids on Earth book, Jack plans a makeshift Christmas celebration to cheer up his snowbound friends (and fellow monster-apocalypse survivors). But then a new human villainess kidnaps Jack's friend Dirk for a ritual sacrifice, and Jack and company must prevent her from summoning an evil extra-dimensional entity. Dynamic comic bookstyle illustrations featured throughout once again support the story's well-rounded characters, humor, and action. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Jack, June, Quint, Dirk, and Rover are back for another post-monster apocalypse adventure. With Blarg out of the way, it's time for the gang to tackle another task, and this time, Quint suggests they compile a bestiary of all the creatures now swarming earth. While in pursuit of a gigantic worm, they meet another hunter, a monster named Thrull, who rescues them and gives them an old book for their bestiary, suggesting that they should include some of each creature's essence in its entry. In the process of tracking down beasts of all kinds to fill out their book, the gang of kid adventurers learn about a powerful, evil enchanter, Rezzoch, who just might be behind a suddenly missing horde of the undead. With light, snappy narration and dialogue and plenty of comics interludes to mix things up, this fast-paced story trundles along, and the likable cast, lots of adventure, and gooey, oozy monster slime galore keep the pages turning. Fans of the series opener won't want to miss this follow-up.--Scanlon, Donna Copyright 2016 Booklist


Kirkus Review

Jack Sullivan and his friends battle interdimensional evil in a Cthulhu-inspired Christmas special.Readers coming to the series midstream can breathe easy. Jack gives them a "real-deal recap" right away, explaining all about the Monster Apocalypse, the zombie plague, and the possibility of other human survivors holed up in the Statue of Liberty. This new installment includes sledding disasters, the gang's attempt to introduce monsters to the wonders of Christmas, and a human girl who always sympathized with villains attempting to unleash unspeakable horrors on Earth. There are several appeal factors for readers who need some pizzazz with their plot; monsterrific illustrations that take the place of description or exposition, liberal use of italics and ALL CAPS, up-to-the-second pop-culture references, and some tame gross-out humor. The cast is racially diverse according to the illustrations; Jack and Dirk look white, Quint appears black, and June, who "knows Spanish, because her parents spoke it at home," is implied Latina. However, the Christmas-centered plot and the casual usage of "lame" as an insult may prevent some readers from connecting with the story. A few moral lessons about the importance of friendship are scattered throughout, but depth and nuanced characterization come across as halfhearted gestures that are of secondary importance compared to monsters, weapons, and putatively awesome adventures.Kids who already dig the series will probably like this one. (Horror. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Excerpts

Excerpts

This is my moment.   The moment of Jack Sullivan, Post-Apocalyptic Action Hero.   The Wormungulous will be upon us in seconds. Its massive form is barreling forward, turning everything in its path to dust. And I can't let my friends fall into the category of "dust." That's my biggest fear. That's what keeps me up at night (well, that and thoughts of Selena Gomez--I hope she's safe somewhere!).   I step toward the beast like some sort of samurai ninja Jedi.   "Jack, what are you doing?" June screams.   "June, Dirk, Quint. Get back," I say. "Behind me."   "I'll try to open the gate into Sears," Dirk says. "If you can slow it down, maybe we won't all die today." Excerpted from The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond by Max Brallier All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.