Younger kids may be attracted to this Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi because the cover depicts a cartoon- style horror zombie and a catchy title. That’s okay because this book can be enjoyed on many levels and read many times. If you don’t get the message about current issues the first time around, come back in a while and they will probably still be current.
Paolo cleverly uses this novel to send a strong message to us all, but he uses the velvet glove of the comedy-zombie genre to lure us in. And he gives us a jolly good read in the bargain. Read through this Zombie Baseball Beatdown book review to find out more.
Zombie Baseball Beatdown Book
When we first meet the young characters they are behaving in a pretty typical way for their age. However, they soon get sucked into the adult world of corruption, racism, immigration, and politics.
The characters in Zombie Baseball Beatdown book are wonderfully crafted and packed full of the values we wish our children to have: courage, honesty, good, caring relationships with others and razor-sharp wit.
The setting also provides us with some surprises. What could be more innocuous than a group of boys setting up a baseball game in a field? We are then hit with the description of the most disgusting smell that stops play and gets the boys interested in investigating the source of the pong. With some clever detective work, they find out that the irresponsible plant owners are giving the cows toxic feed which is changing them into zombie cows.
Unfortunately, these zombie cows crave human flesh! What they discover in the cow factory is enough to give anyone the dry heaves. You are going to have to read it for yourself because it is too gross to describe here! And to make matters worse, that zombie cow meat is then sold on to unsuspecting consumers and it becomes clear that everyone is at risk.
When the boys realize that this is what the whole town has been eating, they know that they have got to do something. They are spurred on when they discover that their worst fears have been realized and a cow zombie infection is spreading like wildfire.
Hard to Believe
Getting anyone to listen to their bizarre story and believe them is just the start of their problems. Especially when they are treading on the toes of the businessmen who are making vast profits out of this cow zombie venture. Will Judgement day arrive for the owners or will they succeed in silencing the boys?
Zombie Baseball Beatdown is an inventive, fast-paced novel. New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi takes on hard-hitting themes–from food safety to racism and immigration–and creates a zany, grand-slam adventure that will get kids thinking about where their food comes from. If you are looking for more similar books for your children, take a look at our list of the best zombie books for kids.
Bound to Be Popular
Even the most reluctant reader will not be able to put this action-packed book down and the author of Zombie Baseball Beat down gets you on-side without being preachy. You just become an eco-warrior/vegetarian of your own choosing.
With the zombies being beaten with baseball bats, greedy money-grabbing food producers and a group of kids who are determined to make a difference, Zombie Baseball Beat down is bound to be popular with middle-grade kids.