Disclaimer: There is unquestionably an age range for the grossness appeal…perhaps, when you have been in double digits for ten years or more already.
Rebecca Johnson’s Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead should not be read by anyone exceeding that range. The scientific anecdotes throughout Zombie Makers capture readers’ attention like body-snatching invasions of O. unilateral is and the innocent carpenter ants. Readers are taken on a journey around the globe meeting parasitic creatures and their hosts from an innocent person in Africa plagued by the guinea worm twirled around a stick and slowly pulled from their frame to a body-snatching fungus that turns a fly literally into a zombie. Rain forests are visited where microscopic eggs belonging to Myrmeconema neotropicum laced bird droppings that transform ants into zombies to rabid raccoons slowly going insane in our own backyards. These stories are factual and can make any rational reader of nonfiction squirm out of their own skin.
Written with engaging text and captivating photographs enhanced by a vibrant and colorful layout, Zombie Makers will spark critical thought, further inquiry, and exploration by elementary-aged kids. Through email and phone conversations with scientists, Johnson captured the passion researchers and experts have for their work and share this excitement with her young and inquisitive audience.
Reviewed by : MJI
Themes : Misconceptions. Science and Scientists. Body, Human. Animals.