Series: Slug Pie Stories #1
Also in this series: How to Rid Your Swimming Pool of a Bloodthirsty Mermaid
Also by this author: How to Rid Your Swimming Pool of a Bloodthirsty Mermaid
on July 24th 2014
Genres: Children, Horror
Armed with a pitchfork, miner’s hat, and map, Mick Bogerman dares to hunt for pirate treasure in Zombie Cave. His little brother Finley is tied up at the beach. Literally--Mick tied him up. No one needs a little brother tagging along when you’re going to slay the undead.Amazon • Buy the Book •
But Mick soon wishes he’d taken some human company with him, because lurking in every corner, reaching from every crevice, is another hungry corpse. No wonder the place is named Zombie Cave! And finding treasure in the twisty tunnels is a lot harder when your map disintegrates. And man-oh-man the cold, dark tide chases fast. But the worst part about fighting off ravenous flesh-eaters is the one monster deadlier than a regular zombie . . . the worst of the worst . . . Pirate Pete.
Mature-Content Rating: Monster Violence
“This is not a pleasant place to be, even without zombies trying to eat me. Having Finley as company is something I didn’t realize I needed until I got it.”
As C.S. Lewis stated, if a children’s story is only enjoyed by children, it’s a bad children’s story. How to Navigate Zombie Cave and Defeat Pirate Pete centers around an adventurous boy named Mick and his younger brother, Finley. Each chapter is a ‘step’ in how to navigate the cave and defeat the pirate, which was a small but nice addition.
Mick’s character is impulsive, adventurous and very protective of his younger brother. He seems to try to act mature to help his struggling mother, but it often leaves him in a load of trouble. Finley is imaginative and a thinker. Like a true young boy, he can come up with ‘useful’ things older kids and adults wouldn’t even think of.
The story is alright for the first in a series. The author’s world isn’t introduced very well in the first book, so some bits are a tad confusing until it’s explained further later on. The adventure is fun, if not a bit gory, and the interaction between the brothers brings the entire book together.
Overall, this is a nice start to the series. I would suggest, however, that parents be strongly cautioned and should read the book themselves first to see if they deem it appropriate for their own children.