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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Review: A Small Zombie Problem by K.G. Campbell

A Small Zombie Problem 
By K.G. Campbell 
June 4, 2019 
Alfred A. Knopf BFYR 
Source: finished copy from pub 

In his fiction debut--and the start of a new series--celebrated illustrator K.G. Campbell brings a touch of Tim Burton to this singularly strange and wonderful story about a lonely boy whose life is about to get a whole lot more complicated when a zombie follows him home. 

August DuPont has spent his whole life inside a dilapidated house with his aunt Hydrangea. His lonely existence ends abruptly with the arrival of an invitation to meet an aunt--and cousins--he didn't even know existed. When Aunt Orchid suggests that August attend school with his cousins, it's a dream come true. But August has scarcely begun to celebrate his reversal of fortune when he is confronted by a small problem on his way home. So begins an adventure filled with a wild child, a zombie, a fabled white alligator, and an unimaginable family secret. 


August DuPont has never stepped foot outside his once-grand-now-dilapidated-home. August lives with his eccentric Aunt Hydrangea and they must live off their rapidly dwindling family fortune. A chance encounter places three family members-another aunt and two cousins- into August’s life and he is thrilled to meet them. His Aunt Orchid makes promises of sending him to school with his cousins, but family secrets and a persistent zombie set August on an unexpected path. 

K.G. Campbell’s A Small Zombie Problem is a whimsically macabre and unforgettably quirky first book in a new middle-grade series! A Tim Burton-esque vibe, imaginative storytelling, and laugh-out-loud humor perfectly mix together to create an irresistibly and endearingly strange tale. Young readers will embrace the story’s deliciously dark (yet age appropriate) humor and undertones and delight in the story’s offbeat atmosphere. August is a wholly likable protagonist, whose kindness, courage, disposition, and hobbies will amuse and inspire. From a zombie named Claudette to the fantastic Madame Marvel, unusual Aunt Hydrangea, and August’s unexpected new relatives, A Small Zombie Problem is full of engaging characters.  

Wickedly humorous, thoroughly captivating, and a lot of fun from beginning to end, A Small Zombie Problem, with its great characters, bewitching tale, awesome illustrations, and heart is a wonderful read! 

5/5 Cupcakes

K. G. Campbell is the author-illustrator of Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters. He was born in Kenya, raised in Scotland, and now lives in southern California. 

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