The Last Kids on Earth

March 14, 2019 Book Review, Middle Grade 0

The Last Kids on EarthThe Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
Published by Penguin on October 13, 2015
Pages: 240
Source: Library

Soon to be a Netflix Original series!

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, with over two million copies in print!

"Terrifyingly fun! Delivers big thrills and even bigger laughs."--Jeff Kinney, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Ever since the monster apocalypse hit town, average thirteen year old Jack Sullivan has been living in his tree house, which he's armed to the teeth with catapults and a moat, not to mention video games and an endless supply of Oreos and Mountain Dew scavenged from abandoned stores. But Jack alone is no match for the hordes of Zombies and Winged Wretches and Vine Thingies, and especially not for the eerily intelligent monster known only as Blarg. So Jack builds a team: his dorky best friend, Quint; the reformed middle school bully, Dirk; Jack's loyal pet monster, Rover; and Jack's crush, June. With their help, Jack is going to slay Blarg, achieve the ultimate Feat of Apocalyptic Success, and be average no longer! Can he do it? 

Told in a mixture of text and black-and-white illustration, this is the perfect book for any kid who's ever dreamed of starring in his or her own comic book or video game. And then grab the rest of the series, now a New York Times bestseller!

My Thoughts:

This is another book I read because my students recommended it. They are obsessed with this series and I can totally see why!

The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brailler is just so much fun. I expected to find it cute, but mostly read it to humor my students. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the experience. The characters, the story, the illustrations… they all add up to an incredibly engaging read.

I think my favorite part was the creativity. I liked seeing how the kids in the story cobbled together a way to survive after the “monster apocalypse.” The different gadgets and homes they created are so clever. Plus, the monsters! It was interesting to learn about the different kinds and how Jack categorized them.

The illustrations really add so much to this story. They’re engaging and my students loved seeing how the monsters looked or how Jack and friends made a certain gadget work. They especially loved seeing Jack’s treehouse!

I highly recommend this one for upper elementary and into middle school.

Netflix is making it into an animated series (and Mark Hamill is attached!) You should have seen my students’ reactions! We are SO HYPED for it to be here!!!

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