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More for elementary Not quite the zombie book middle schoolers want But I enjoyed the writing and main character. 3.5 stars for book version 4 stars for audio since I swapped between the two Review posted at For What It s Worth on 7 8 2019 Source copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars for book version 4 stars for audio since I swapped between the two Review posted at For What It s Worth on 7 8 2019 Source copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review I received a free e ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Random House Children s Trigger warnings death, mild body horror, mild eye horror, bullying, anxiety, agoraphobia.August DuPont has never left the battered old house where he lives with his Aunt Hydrangea, a former Chili Pepper Princess who s mortally afraid of butterflies When he receives a surprise invitation from another aunt he never knew he had, he dares to brave the outside world in the hopes of having friends, schooling, I received a free e ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Random House Children s Trigger warnings death, mild body horror, mild eye horror, bullying, anxiety, agoraphobia.August DuPont has never left the battered old house where he lives with his Aunt Hydrangea, a former Chili Pepper Princess who s mortally afraid of butterflies When he receives a surprise invitation from another aunt he never knew he had, he dares to brave the outside world in the hopes of having friends, schooling, and adventures of his own On his way home, he accidentally stumbles upon a small zombie problem a problem that, unfortunately, follows him home and threatens to take all the normal out of his new life.A Small Zombie Problem is a middle grade novel in the style of Tim Burton meets Lemony Snicket, without the bitter cynicism The world is slightly off kilter and full of larger than life and, at times, borderline ridiculous adults and children who stumble across strangeness in everyday life Campbell s slightly magical and imaginary South is full of clever quirks, from giant white alligators to necromancy stones The characters are distinct but feel familiar, and August s dreams of making friends and having adventures based mainly on watching television are easy to relate to Of course, my favorite character is the zombie, and I love that she s actually a character not just a plot device or a mindless antagonist.Unfortunately, the pace is very slow There s no hint of a zombie or a real conflict for the first half of the book Younger audiences who enjoy reading won t have a problem delving into Campbell s world building and characters, but those who already struggle with reading might find the lack of action trying and a zombie novel sort of implies there s going to be a lot of action It s also clear that this is the first book in a series, since there are a number of elements introduced that don t pan out in this book I expected Madame Marvell to playof a role, and while I m certain the alligator will feature eventually, it s littlethan a side note here One of the smallest plot threads wraps up to satisfaction, but there isn t much closure to be had elsewhere The ending itself is purposely open ended as a lead in to the next book.However, there s a lot to enjoy about it Theme wise, the novel prompts readers to examine the differences between expectations and reality and how things might be okay even if they don t work out the way we imagined There s also a heavy note of how, good or bad, people aren t always what they appear to be, and I enjoyed Campbell turning the tables on us once or twice It s a cute, fun read, and I d be happy to continue with the series.I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com The story is a little slow, especially at the beginning It gets better towards the end The zombie doesn t show up until about halfway through the book I wish the story had focused a littleon her I enjoyed the whimsical characters and the family history The characters are what really drive the story I hope Madame Marvell shows upin the series I really liked reading this with my daughter It was fun to see her reactions to things She liked the story, and she thought it w The story is a little slow, especially at the beginning It gets better towards the end The zombie doesn t show up until about halfway through the book I wish the story had focused a littleon her I enjoyed the whimsical characters and the family history The characters are what really drive the story I hope Madame Marvell shows upin the series I really liked reading this with my daughter It was fun to see her reactions to things She liked the story, and she thought it was funny, especially the zombie A Small Zombie Problem was a cute middle grade book about a lonely boy who just wants to make friends but it gets complicated when a zombie girl follows him home August is a very sheltered boy who lives with this eccentric Aunt Hydrangea who is a bit stuck in her past glory of being the Chili Pepper Princess She is pretty much afraid of everything so August has never even been outside He was stuck inside making interesting little skeleton people and watching TV through his binoculars and base A Small Zombie Problem was a cute middle grade book about a lonely boy who just wants to make friends but it gets complicated when a zombie girl follows him home August is a very sheltered boy who lives with this eccentric Aunt Hydrangea who is a bit stuck in her past glory of being the Chili Pepper Princess She is pretty much afraid of everything so August has never even been outside He was stuck inside making interesting little skeleton people and watching TV through his binoculars and based the outside world kind of on that show.Then one day the grocery delivery comes during the rain and the delivery boy leaves his favorite snack out in a puddle so he decides to be brave and go get it and this one thing will upend his life as he knows it Because of going outside he meets some kids his age, which one turns out to be a cousin he didn t know he had There was been a long rival between two brothers who made Chili Pepper Sauce and the Malveau and the DuPonts have been feuding ever since When Orchid DuPont married a Malveau she was cut off from the DuPonts so August never knew about them.Finding his new relatives he thought was going to be the best thing ever but on his way to their house something weird happens that will eventually cause things to turn out a lot different than he would have hoped It doesn t take long for him to realize that his family has a gem called a Cadaverite or Zombie Stone, which is why he ends up with a zombie following him around.I liked August and felt bad for him being all cooped up in the house and how much he wanted to have a friend When I was young I remember being the loner so I could relate I think this book will appealto young readers than adults because it does have a slightly slow pacing for half the book, but I think young readers might enjoy getting to know August and it would work better for them As I review this I am thinking about how I think as if I was a young reader That being said I think some of the characters names would be a little hard for some kids to pronounce You can see some of those names in my review here and it could make it hard on the kids reading it especially if they are not vocab whiz That aside I thought the book was cute and since it s a series I am curious to see what kind of adventures and trouble August gets into because of the way it ended it looks like he is in for lots of shenanigans A very enjoyable children s book by writer illustrator K.G Campbell Taking place in a fictional version of Louisiana, orphan August DuPont lives with his eccentric aunt in the dilapidated manor house of the once prosperous Dupont hot sauce dynasty Having never ventured outdoors in his life, he takes his first steps into the wider world upon discovering that he has cousins that are still wealthy, and picks up the small zombie problem of the title along the way.I got this as an uncorrected ga A very enjoyable children s book by writer illustrator K.G Campbell Taking place in a fictional version of Louisiana, orphan August DuPont lives with his eccentric aunt in the dilapidated manor house of the once prosperous Dupont hot sauce dynasty Having never ventured outdoors in his life, he takes his first steps into the wider world upon discovering that he has cousins that are still wealthy, and picks up the small zombie problem of the title along the way.I got this as an uncorrected galley copy, so it lacks most of the artwork that will be in the finished book But I still found that I liked it farthan I expected, and I look forward to continuing the series .Free ♷ A Small Zombie Problem ♂ In his fiction debut and the start of a new series celebrated illustrator KG Campbell brings a touch of Tim Burton to this singularly strange and wonderful story about a lonely boy whose life is about to get a whole lot complicated when a zombie follows him homeAugust DuPont has spent his whole life inside a dilapidated house with his aunt Hydrangea His lonely existence ends abruptly with the arrival of an invitation to meet an aunt and cousins he didn t even know existed When Aunt Orchid suggests that August attend school with his cousins, it s a dream come true But August has scarcely begun to celebrate his reversal of fortune when he is confronted by a small problem on his way home So begins an adventure filled with a wild child, a zombie, a fabled white alligator, and an unimaginable family secret See my full review here SMALL ZOMBIE PROBLEM is a charming story in the vein of A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS and Tim Burton August is a boy who has lived his whole life in a dilapidated house He likes to create skeleton figurines His family had an empire based on hot sauces, which ended, and now, he lives with his aunt who is stuck in the past, wearing her Miss Chili Pepper Princess tiara and sash still today His aunt is terrified of butterflies, See my full review here SMALL ZOMBIE PROBLEM is a charming story in the vein of A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS and Tim Burton August is a boy who has lived his whole life in a dilapidated house He likes to create skeleton figurines His family had an empire based on hot sauces, which ended, and now, he lives with his aunt who is stuck in the past, wearing her Miss Chili Pepper Princess tiara and sash still today His aunt is terrified of butterflies, which is particularly unfortunate, since he has a chemical anomaly where he secretes something that attracts butterflies Whenever he goes outside, he is swarmed by butterflies.One day, August breaks the rules and does venture outside, where he meets three boys Shortly following, he receives an invitation from an aunt he never knew he had, and he decides to take it Along the way, he accidentally creates a zombie of his great aunt Claudette who died when she was a girl Thinking he looks similar to her older brother, Claudette proceeds to follow him around while he tries to discover how to solve his small zombie problem.Ultimately charming and funny, the story follows August as he ventures outside the house and discovers new things about the world and people he never would have expected Left open ended for the next book in the series, this book has high appeal including the illustrations that perfectly capture key scenes and items throughout.What I loved This was a giggle worthy book that creates many laughs throughout While it may be very light horror owing to the zombie s presence , the zombie was possibly the most charming character in the book, whereas some of the living people were less so This contrast adds some extra delight to an overall intriguing premise August is also a great main character, and it was entertaining to see the world through his eyes Although his family is a little strange, he has a lot of caring and kindness to share that I look forward to seeingof This is a light and fun read, complete with some fantastic illustrations that really bring the story and characters to life.Final verdict Overall, this is a delightful and charming book about August, his family, and his new, small zombie problem Highly recommend for any middle grade readers looking for something unique, a little bit odd, and with some light laughs This was such a fun read The illustrations were stunning, I loved that there was a full page in each chapter I liked the fact that August actually learns things throughout the book about friendship, sorry no spoilers even though they made me sad It was great that there were some darker, dare I say a few gross parts, it s something I feel middle grade readers will really enjoy As a self proclaimed lover of crystals, the fact that there were a lot mentioned throughout made me smile.August wa This was such a fun read The illustrations were stunning, I loved that there was a full page in each chapter I liked the fact that August actually learns things throughout the book about friendship, sorry no spoilers even though they made me sad It was great that there were some darker, dare I say a few gross parts, it s something I feel middle grade readers will really enjoy As a self proclaimed lover of crystals, the fact that there were a lot mentioned throughout made me smile.August was such a naive, lovable character, which makes perfect sense since he s never left his house, and only spent time with his odd aunt Hydrangea It was a fun twist that his odor makes butterflies attached to him, it was a cute and quirky aspect to add into the story Hydrangea was such a fun character, she was so eccentric and her actions were pretty unexpected in most situations I loved learning about all his family secrets and think August will really grow throughout the series.I m really excited to continue on with this series, since the first was so enjoyable The way the story epilogue went makes me want to get my hands on it sooner rather than later I hope the rest of the series lives up to my high expectations but I m not too worried Copy provided by the publisherSomewhat similar to Greenwald s A Zombie Ate My Homework, and just not the sort of zombie book my students want They prefer things like Higson s The Enemy This would be good for an elementary school where students have an interest in zombies.