Monday, June 22, 2015

Review: Flying Mutant Zombie Rats by Kat de Falla

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FLYING MUTANT ZOMBIE RATS
Book 1 of Motto Maddie BMX Portal
by Kat de Falla
Middle Grade Fantasy/Horror
ages 8+
83 pages






Summer vacation is almost here! And Pea O'Neil is stoked to try out the new local BMX track which is finally open. He and his gang of friends can ride all summer long! 

But when Pea tries a back flip, he unwittingly opens a portal to another dimension and hordes of flying mutant zombie rats are unleashed upon the city. With the help of an otherworldly talking cat sent to help prevent the demise of humankind, Pea and his friends must hunt down the hungry mutants and send them back before the portal closes. 






MY TIDBITS


I had to read this just because of the title--honestly, my son's ears perked up the second he heard zombie rats. Throw in the BMX bikes, and you've got a boy book which screams to be read.

Part of me expected to find something like Captain Underpants, but this is a story driven completely on plot--and what a ride it is! 'Pea' is a great kid, who is about to live a great moment, the opening of a BMX tracks. He's got a great attitude, a huge heart and is simply a boy who's easy to root for. I really enjoyed his friends as well. They're true blue, a lot of fun and form a perfect gang, which is ready to handle anything, even Flying Mutant Zombie Rats.

There's a ton of fantasy in this story, and kids will easily be caught up in the adventure. I especially enjoyed the messages: don't give up and don't make fun of people when they fail.

There's a few gross moments (there are zombies involved, and we know what zombies like to eat!), so this may not be for the weak of heart. But on the average, boys ages eight and up will enjoy this story and be planning how to win their own battles, when a flying mutant zombie rat invasion heads their way.


And here she is. . .
KAT DE FALLA!!!



Author Kat de Falla was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller-skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare thanks to her high school English teacher. Four years at the UW-Madison wasn’t enough, so she returned to her beloved college town for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist where she fills prescriptions and chats with her patients. She is married to her soulmate, classical guitarist, Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch.

http://www.katdefalla.com/
https://www.facebook.com/authorkatdefalla
@katdefalla

14 comments:

  1. Tanya, thanks for co-hosting Celebrate the Small Things on Lexa Cain's blog. That's such a cool blog hop.

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  2. Tonja, I'm sorry I miss-spelled your name. Just got back last night from a long trip, and it was a long flight. Head still buzzy!

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  3. Flying Mutant Zombie Rats sound like something kids would enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Sherry! Pick it up on ebook while it's still on sale! I hope you like it :)

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  4. Great title and description. I don't mind gross moments. :)

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    1. Ahh Medeia - we all have gross moments - they can be funny :) I hope you like the book!

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  5. I was born and raised in Milwaukee, though I've been away to long for my immunity to cold to last! Naturally she would do well!

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    1. The whole book takes place with the boys in Milwaukee - I hope you can check it out Mark!

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  6. It sounds like a fun book and it sounds like Kat knows her audience!

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    1. Thanks Tyrean - I hope you get a chance to check it out!

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  7. Congrats to Kat! This sounds like a fun book! It's such a bother when those backflips open up portals to other dimensions. ;)

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    1. Bother indeed - Thanks for stopping by Cherie and I hope you like the book!

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  8. I wish this book had been around when I was a kid; I know I would have been all over it. ^_^ have to say, though, you've highlighted it as a boys' book, but I know quite a few women who would have loved this book as girls.

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    1. Ugh! You caught me. Actually, I should apologize and hide my head in shame because just last week, I shared an article on FB about a girl who's hitting a big publishing company head-on over the classification of 'boy books'. So yes, I deserve a big hand slap for this one. Sorry!

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