Review! The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrik Henry Bass

6 Oct

Happy Monday! I am sure you all know that October 6th is National Noodle Day right? Well, after my review of the great new book, THE ZERO DEGREE ZOMBIE ZONE, read on for my review of the noodle recipe I made from the picture book Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles AND find out who wins a copy of Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles!

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The Zero Degree Zombie Zone

By Patrik Henry Bass

Illustrated by Jerry Craft 

  144 pages – ages 8+
Published by Scholastic Inc. on August 26, 2014

Summary – Bakari Katari Johnson is feeling like his life is out of control. Not only did his best friend Wardell sign him up to run in the election for hall monitor before he said it was okay to do, he keeps butting heads with his fourth grade nemesis, Keisha whose cousin, the ever popular Tariq, is also running for hall-monitor. Oh yeah, there’s also this magical ring that ice zombies from another world want and they think Bakari has and they want it back – or else!

What I thought –  The combination of this fun and unusual zombie story along with the great illustrations make this book a winner! The story is an interesting take on zombies (like they don’t infect anyone and they are ice zombies – actually that’s kind of cool) and it is completely appropriate for younger kids. I think a lot of kids will get into the story because it is a fun and easy read but it is packed with action. Bakari is a great character who is very believable as a fourth-grader. I like how he handles everything even with the threat of a full-scale zombie invasion looming (and also dealing with a bully). I like how Mr. Bass mixes a bit of magic and fantasy in a realistic setting. Mr. Craft’s illustrations go with the story very well and make it all the more enjoyable. The characters in the book are all African-American so people looking for diverse characters – check it out – even if you are not – check it out – it’s a good book! I think kids who like NERDS and Diary of a Wimpy Kid-type books will enjoy this book. I hope there will be a sequel. 

 I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

NOW ON TO MY NOODLE REVIEW!

Mei Mei Lucky Noodles

On Friday, I reviewed MEI-MEI’S LUCKY BIRTHDAY NOODLES (click HERE to read it) and I announced that I get to give away a copy of the book. Well I put all the names of the people who commented on my blog and my sister Josie picked on out! The winner is:

Joanne Roberts!

YAAAAAY!!! *waving arms Kermit the Frog style*

Congratulations Ms. Roberts! I will email you to get the address you’d like your book sent to.

But what about those noodles?!?

I wanted to make the noodle recipe in the back of the book. I started off by making sure we had everything we needed (thanks mom for food shopping!). The recipe needed carrots, bok choy, bean sprouts, green onions, shiitake mushrooms, and steak (but you can use chicken or shrimp too) oh and noodles – we used lo mein egg noodles. 😉

???????????????????????????????Ingredients – CHECK!

My cousin came over and he helped me with the recipe. We had to chop everything up and marinade the steak. The steak got cooked first. The recipe said to use a wok. We don’t have a wok so we used a big cast iron pan.

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My dad and Josie decided we needed dessert to go with our noodles so they decided to make cupcakes (with cream cheese frosting) – YUM!

???????????????????????????????After everything was chopped up and the noodles were made, it was time to cook the veggies and mix them in with the noodles.

???????????????????????????????Then it was time to eat!

???????????????????????????????Everyone agreed Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles were FANTASTIC!!! (and the cupcakes were very good too 😉 )

5 STARS – ERR -NOODLES!

15 Responses to “Review! The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrik Henry Bass”

  1. Patricia Tilton October 6, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Great book review. Glad that is a diverse book. You have more energy and enthusiasm than anyone I know. Bravo for making the meal! It sounds delicious. Congratulations to Joanne Roberts for winning the Mei Mei’s book.

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  2. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books October 6, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Fantastic to learn how to cook and enjoy making oodles of noodles. That looks like a great book. I don’t think zombies are my favurite idea, must be my age, as they represented something that didn’t think for themselves, when I was growing up!

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  3. Joanne Fritz October 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    Erik, you are such a talented young man. Not only do you read tons of books, write book reviews, write your own books, and do martial arts, but you can also cook! Good for you. As for this book, I’ve never heard of ice zombies. Cool. 🙂

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  4. Darlene October 7, 2014 at 2:06 am #

    It’s so great you tried the recipe. It sounds yummy!

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  5. Catherine Johnson October 7, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    Great review Erik! Non-infecting zombies is a great idea for young kids. I didn’t have anybody get infected either but a zombie’s head does fall off 😉

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  6. Elle Carter Neal October 7, 2014 at 7:01 am #

    Oh what fun! I love the covers of both books.

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  7. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:01 am #

    And he cooks too! I hope Jama visits this post, I’m sure she would love the photos you posted as well. 🙂

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