A to Z Challenge Day26: Z
Z and Brad are out to play in the park. They accidentally travel deep into the woods. They have a good time finding their way home. They meet Mu Mu or was it they get eaten by Mu Mu. (from the back cover of the book)
Z and Brad are brothers. They decided to go to the park to play, so their mother gives them her cell phone. The two stop to play on some large rocks, and when they leave for the swings, drop their mother’s phone on the ground. They are unaware that they no longer have the phone.
While swinging, a dog’s bark can be heard and it keeps getting louder. Soon, it was heading straight for Z and Brad. Z is confident the dog said, EAT YOU, so the two boys bolt from the playground in an attempt to lose the boy-eating dog. The dog follows, continuing to bark as it runs after Z and Brad. The boys run deeper and deeper into the woods and soon are lost. Will Z and Brad make it home for dinner on time? Or will the boys be dinner for the chasing dog?
This is a simple story that is perfect for beginning readers. Most sentences are short, with easy words. The illustrations do a good job depicting the text. The story flows from scene to scene, without any tangents along the way. The ending is clear and nothing is left for the reader to wonder. This is number four in the The Adventures of Z Series.
I do not like the book. The writing is amateurish, as are the illustrations. I was a bit baffled to receive this book so I checked out the website. I thought maybe this was in line with something like Mad Magazine and was deliberately underwhelming, having acquired a cult following. The website is very well done. It is easy to navigate and shows off the Z and Brad Series nicely. It seems this is meant to be a serious children’s book. According to the website’s history of The Adventures of Z author/illustrator Bolivar Lopez seems to be in his element. It might be best to let him explain in his own words:
Mu Mu, Brad, & Z
There are two major conflicts in the book. One is getting safely away from Mu Mu, and the second is getting home for dinner on time. At the beginning, the boys are to be picked up by their mother, who had dropped them off and would call before picking them up.
Once the dog chase is over, the boys are now worried about getting home on time, mom is running late. Mu Mu offers to take Z and Brad home and mom does not hesitate. Here is this huge dog, with a mighty roar so fearful it caused Z and Brad to run for their lives, and mom thinks nothing of it?
This is the first of the The Adventures of Z Series that I have read, and maybe the two boys are prone to over exaggeration. For those that will enjoy this, it will not matter.
The characters in this series look more like characters seen on Fox Network than a children’s book. Z and Brad Go to the Park is definitely not a girls book. Boys might like this, yet I have doubts. Z and Brad, and family, might work better for young adult men, where the story could delve into subjects more suited for these characters. The next adventure will be out this summer.
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Author/Illustrator: Bolivar Lopez website Publisher: Mirror Publishing Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 978-1-61225-097-7 Number of Pages: 24 Ages: 9 and under
A to Z Challenge Day26: Z
A to Z Challenge: WE HAVE LANDED!
Wow! The month of April is nearly over. A few more hours. This has been an interesting A to Z Challenge. This is the first challenge Kid Lit Reviews has participated in and all the hard work and late nights was worth it. Several new followers, many more page views, and some new friends. There are many wonderful blogs just waiting for you to stop by and take a look at the fabulous poems, prose, art work, illustrations. Blogs like:
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Now all that is left to do is plan for April, 2013!!!!