Zombie Kid Diaries, Volume 1: Playing Dead

Zombie Kid Diaries Volume Playing Dead Middle school is horrific enough for any th grader s first day But for Bill Dookes it s a festering rotting undead nightmare Since Bill s deadbeat dad got arrested trying to burn the house down fo

  • Title: Zombie Kid Diaries, Volume 1: Playing Dead
  • Author: Fred Perry David Hutchison
  • ISBN: 9780985092542
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • Middle school is horrific enough for any 5th grader s first day But for Bill Dookes, it s a festering, rotting, undead nightmare Since Bill s deadbeat dad got arrested trying to burn the house down for the insurance, Mom s had to make ends meet by volunteering to various medical research companies for cash This would be fine if she hadn t brought home a mysterious zombiMiddle school is horrific enough for any 5th grader s first day But for Bill Dookes, it s a festering, rotting, undead nightmare Since Bill s deadbeat dad got arrested trying to burn the house down for the insurance, Mom s had to make ends meet by volunteering to various medical research companies for cash This would be fine if she hadn t brought home a mysterious zombie virus Now Bill has to deal with skin problems and body chemistry changes that make puberty look like a walk in the park And then there s his ever growing appetite for BRAINS

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    1. So I got this off Netgalley thinking it was a comic - and it’s not. It’s a kid’s book for the 6-10 year old crowd who probably love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and want to read that but with zombies. But I said I’d review it so I read the darn thing and here’s what I think: boo! As if I was going to love this - I’m a sophisticated grown-up reader on the prowl for free superhero comics galleys to read in my Batman pjs! It’s about a kid whose mum agrees to be the guinea pig for ex [...]

    2. Okay, dudes. I’m not gonna lie. This was pretty good. I know I’m not the audience of this book because I’m not a 7-9 year old boy, but . . . it was pretty funny. It dragged a little in the beginning to middle because I wasn’t quite sure whether there would be total zombie apocalypse or just middle-school apocalypse, but then it picked up some momentum. The place where it went from three to four stars was when there was a surprise (view spoiler)[double rainbow joke (hide spoiler)]. That w [...]

    3. Read this on the advice of my 11-year-old daughter, proof that turnabout is fair play. :) She has read so many comics and graphic novels that I've recommended, that I felt inclined to reciprocate. This one was pretty good. A combination of an illustrated middle school novel, a la Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!, combined with a story of a young gamer with a big dream of winning a contest and turning pro, via the The Walking Dead, Book One pre-teen edition. We chatted about our favourite parts [...]

    4. I am definitely not the intended audience for this book. Leading kid, Bill, never really endeared himself to me so I wasn't particularly interested in what happened to him.However, I will admit that there are some fun elements and moments in the story that I'm pretty certain will entertain the H out of most middle school kids.

    5. Zombie Kid Diaries: Playing Dead is a good book! I never hit a part of the book where I was bored. I do have a few complaints, but I think that they are reasonable. The plot has many spoilers, so I will be sure to summarize it without spoiling it. Bill Stokes, a 6th grader, had a deadbeat father who committed arson for insurance money, as such, his father goes to jail. In order to make money, Bill’s mom takes jobs as a medication tester. It’s believed from this point on that the medications [...]

    6. Zombie Kid Diaries: Playing Dead by Fred Perry is about Bill Stokes, your average video-gaming, homework-hating sixth grade boy who dreams of becoming a pro gamer--but one day his mom comes home from work all slow and groggy, and because she works for various companies testing out different medicines, (like a guinea pig) she comes home like this a lot. This time, it's different though--she's turned into a zombie! The next day, Bill notices a few things different with himselfd then he finds out t [...]

    7. When I requested the Zombie Kid Diaries via Netgalley, I thought it looked super-cute, funny and interesting. It wasn't one of those things. I finished it in less than two hours and when I finished It, I felt like I had not read or accomplished anything by reading this book. It was way too fast-paced and nothing was explained. When he realized he was a zombie, he just had a few symptoms and then it was sprung upon us that he figured out he was a zombie. The main character, Billy, just took it wi [...]

    8. Middle School is horrific enough for any 6th grader's first day. But for Bill Stokes, it's a festering, rotting, undead nightmare. Since Bill's deadbeat dad got arrested trying to burn the house down for the insurance, Mom's had to make ends meet by volunteering to various medical research companies for cash. Thankfully, Bill's still been able to train for his dream career: pro video gamer. So this would be all fine if Mom hadn't brought home a mysterious zombie virus! Now Bill has to deal with [...]

    9. Poor little Billy. He really can't catch a break!His dad is in jail for lighting his building on fire for the insurance money and his mom is a guinea pig for pharmaceutical companies. On a bright and sunny Monday, his mother makes dinner and everything takes a turn for the worse. After that dinner, Billy notices that nothing tastes good except burnt anything. Maybe a little roadkill. It tastes just like it looks. delicious!Billy only wants one thing in life and that's to be a pro-gamer with endo [...]

    10. Review first published on My Blog. Check out all my reviews there!Bill Stokes hasn't had the easiest life since his parents divorced and his mom is trying to make ends meet by being a human guinea pig for pharmaceuticals. He figures life will be better once he achieves his dream of being a pro-gamer so he writes down what he eats and the results of all his games in a diary. One day though, his mom is acting weirder than usual after getting home from work and pretty soon, Bill is noticing some we [...]

    11. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review. This is Zombie Kid Diaries instead of Diary of a Whimpy Kid. It is all about Bill who gets turned into a zombie along with his mom. Imagine starting middle school trying to hide the fact that you are a zombie. Bill loves to play video games and has Diary to keep track of his score and also uses it to keep track of what he has to eat after he is turned into a zombie. He along with two friends enter a tournament where he finds being a zombi [...]

    12. This book is written as a diary, and despite being zombie-themed, has characteristics of a real journal: is boring. The main character is boring and selfish. When a terrible thing happen, he only thinks if these will affect his score. This is supposed to be funny, but no. It's only about the nasty stuff that he eats and about absolutely disgusting changes of his body. The worst is the way to see the zombies. For example, there are zombie-cats, the protagonist's mother continues to act like a nor [...]

    13. Zombie Kid Diaries: Playing Dead is a decently good childrens novel. The book is classified as a middle grade novel, but I would reccomend it for fourth grade or higher. Zombie Kid Diaries: Playing Dead is about a kid named Bill who would like to be a professional video game player when he gets older. Bill's mom gets paid to take experimental drugs from various medical companies. One night she comes home and is very sluggish. Eventually she turns into a zombie. Somehow Bill turns into one as wel [...]

    14. Ok I was disappointed that when I purchased this book for my daughter, thinking it was the second book. I purchased Diary of a Zombie Kid a year or so ago or whenever it was. THen on our way to Space Camp I saw this one at the store so I bought it. My daughter showed me that it was the exact same as the other book. This is what he said to me. I just told my daughter he hasnt posted on Facebook since September 6th so he might not have seen my reply yet. Anywho this is what Brian Denham said to me [...]

    15. I received this as an ARC from Netgalley for my 9 year old son. It's really hard to get him to read at all with rare exceptions like "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" or "Captain Underpants". I showed him this book and asked him if he'd like to read it-at first he was a little nervous as he doesn't like zombies or scary subjects but then seeing the cover he decided to give it a try.He loved this book-I caught him laughing several times and he told me it wasn't scary at all. He enjoyed the situations presen [...]

    16. An obvious parody of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books with thinly veiled nods to Pokemon and various video games. However, I liked it more than I thought I would. Considering I am not much of a zombie fan, this is the second book in that genre I have read in the past couple weeks. (I liked Zombie Baseball Beatdown more). Bill has a rather unfortunate life made even more so by some of his mother's questionable cooking. Despite his new zombieness, Bill continues to do his regular things like [...]

    17. Hands down my favorite so far of the "illustrated diary" style books. This ain't no "wimpy" kid! All Bill wants is to become a pro gamer. And be famous. And maybe get that annoying girl Janine to stop telling him he looks like a cute little turtle but after his dad goes to jail for burning down the house (for the insurance money, of course) Bill's mom takes a job as an experimental drug tester and brings home a virus that turns her and Bill into zombies.Now all bill wants to do is eat road kill. [...]

    18. This is very Diary of a Wimpy Kid-esque with one major exception. The main character, Bill, and his mother are freshly minted zombies. Bill is dealing with starting middle school and all the trials that go along with it while also figuring out how to deal with his new lifestyle. The book also touches on some interesting family dynamics which I'm looking forward to seeing how they play out in the upcoming books. If you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid and you like zombies, you'll love Zombie Kid Diarie [...]

    19. I thought I better see what all this zombie business was about, and figured a kids' illustrated book about this subject would be the entry point. I was wrong. It was gross, boring, pointless and sad rather than funny, as I assumed it was intended to be. If you like zombies, you'll probably like this, but I had no interest in it. This is basically Diary of a Wimpy Kid with zombies in it, and I skimmed a lot of the second half. Blegh

    20. Note: I read this as a free eARC through Netgalley. This is a must for students who can't get enough of books like Diary of a Whimpy Kid. This has great gross out humor and illustrations. There's even a moral to the story. I have only one issue with the story. The how or why Bill and his mother become zombies is never fully explained. Otherwise it's a fun escape and easy read.

    21. I read this a couple of years ago but must have forgotten to add it. It's perfect for the kid who hates being at the library and just wants to be left alone to play video games. The main character is a kid who hates to read, wants to win a video game championship, but ends up becoming a zombie. Goofy but hey. The story zips along and is punctuated by frequent illustrations.

    22. I really liked it because I liked how funny Bill (the main Character) is, and the storyline. I though he was funny because he was a gamer who got enhanced skill when he became a zombie, and how he was overly confident in his skill.

    23. This series was not my cup of tea, but I also didn’t like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. That being said however, I know the perfect boys to hand these books too and I can see them going out of our teen department frequently.

    24. This book was hilarious and perfect for 5 and 6th grade boys. The drawings are hilarious and the toilet humor perfect for these kids. Grown ups with hate it as there is a lot of rotten farts in it. I think this will be a huge hit.

    25. Got this book from Humble Bundle. I thought this book was rather clever. Maybe it's just because I've never read Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Made me laugh.

    26. I have to say, not a big fan. We've got enough trouble in schools right now without some kid thinking that it's okay to bite someone because the taste like sugar-puffs.

    27. Surprisingly fresh and funny! I will definitely recommend this title to boys (and girls) who are into gross-out humor. Nice spin on what is becoming a standard format.

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