“This is not a pleasant place to be, even without zombies trying to eat me. Having Finley as company is something I didn’t realize I needed until I got it.”
As C.S. Lewis stated, if a children’s story is only enjoyed by children, it’s a bad children’s story. How to Navigate Zombie Cave and Defeat Pirate Pete centers around an adventurous boy named Mick and his younger brother, Finley. Each chapter is a ‘step’ in how to navigate the cave and defeat the pirate, which was a small but nice addition.
Mick’s character is impulsive, adventurous and very protective of his younger brother. He seems to try to act mature to help his struggling mother, but it often leaves him in a load of trouble. Finley is imaginative and a thinker. Like a true young boy, he can come up with ‘useful’ things older kids and adults wouldn’t even think of.
The story is alright for the first in a series. The author’s world isn’t introduced very well in the first book, so some bits are a tad confusing until it’s explained further later on. The adventure is fun, if not a bit gory, and the interaction between the brothers brings the entire book together.
Overall, this is a nice start to the series. I would suggest, however, that parents be strongly cautioned and should read the book themselves first to see if they deem it appropriate for their own children.