Title: Moore Zombies: The Search for Gargoy | Author: Wendy Knuth | Illustrator: Brian Allen | Publication Date: September 23, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 34 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary: You’re not really afraid of zombies, are you? Take a peek into the lives of the Moore zombie family. When Gargoy goes missing, Baby Zom enlists her siblings to help in the search. Follow along with Gothina, the critter loving goth zombie, Broheimer, the nerdy zombie, and Kamper, the messy zombie who enjoys camping. Who, or what, is Gargoy? Read on to find out!!
1. What is the book about? This book is about a family of zombies who have a baby and they are looking for one of the baby’s toys and they find a bunch of things along the way.
2. What do you think of the book cover and the images inside the book? Were the pictures scary? I really liked the pictures and the cover because they are funny. I liked the picture when Kamper jumps out of the tent and the pictures of Wolfbag. I also like the ones of Gargoy saying “Oh no!” and “Help!” because he gets squeezed a lot and the one of Monster. I found the picture of the Mom weird and the Dad one kind of surprised me when he took off his mask. I didn’t think the pictures were scary – they were funny.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book? I think the whole book was really funny and I like the last page where Kamper is imagining a toy hippopotamus.
4. What would be the first thing you would do if you woke up as a zombie kid in the morning? I would go to the rest of my family and see if they were zombies too! But, I don’t really want to be a zombie because I don’t want holes in my legs.
5. Overall, what did you think about the book? I really liked it and I thought it was funny. I would read lots more books about these zombies.
6. Who do you think would like this book? I think kids under 5 might be scared of the pictures but everybody else would love this book.
My Thoughts: With the recent popularity of zombies in mainstream books, movies, and video games, Moore Zombies: The Search for Gargoy is a fun dip into a culturally “hot” theme. This clever picture book features the Moore family of zombies, including baby Zom, her sister Gothina, brothers Kamper and Broheimer and of course, Mombie and Pop. Baby Zom wakes up from her nap to find her “Gargoy” missing. Teaming up with her siblings and following a series of clues, they work together to solve the mystery of the “Missing Gargoy”.
Moore Zombies: The Search for Gargoy was as entertaining for me as it was for my two kids. In a very Addams Family or Munster Family kind of way, the Moore Family is made up of a zombie Mom, Dad and children. Zombies in this book have an excellent sense of smell and hearing, they like creepy crawlies, have pet monsters, and love their tomato juice. But, like human families, they love each other very much and don’t hesitate to help out the youngest member of their family when her “Gargoy” goes missing.
There are many humorous snippets involving the role reversal between zombies and humans. For example, in the background of one of the images, the game Plants vs. Humans is on a computer screen and the children have a game called “Hungry, Hungry Humans”. There’s even a poster of the rock star “Bob Zombie”! The children and I really enjoyed scouring the illustrations for these clever insertions.
The illustrations are fantastic. The color palette used is completely appropriate for the zombie theme and the level of detail is amazing. Overall, we really did enjoy them. My children are a bit older and they were not frightened by them. That being said, when the father’s face was revealed for the first time, my daughter did say, “If I was younger, I would be having nightmares.” The father is the only character drawn with no irises and apparently, that really made a difference!
I do have to comment on the ending. When Gargoy is found, Broheimer explains what happened and we were all a bit confused as to why he knew the details about the first event that triggered the start of the mystery. The explanation seemed to come a bit out of the air; although, we did feel that the author did a good job of weaving the clues into the rest of the solution. Aside from this issue with the plot, overall, we all really enjoyed the story and the world of zombies in this book.
My Bottom Line: Moore Zombies: The Search for Gargoy is a clever and humorous picture book focusing on a family of zombies working together to solve the mystery of the missing “Gargoy”. The book features a lovely collection of characters, a fun mystery to solve, and fantastic detailed illustrations that children will absolutely love to examine closely. I recommend this book to children who love books featuring zombies but not for children who may be frightened by these types of images. This book may not be for everyone, but we really enjoyed it! Ages 5 to 10.
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More Buzz About the Book
“All in all, the story is well written and the illustrations are grand. I would recommend this book to anyone. I keep a copy for visiting children. It gives them something fun to do while the adults are chatting.” ~ 5 Star Review, Martha W., Amazon
“I won’t lie – I totally bought this book for the cover. (Brian Allen – great job, dude!!) The book as a whole, though, is definitely worth it. I loved it. Fun story and great characters. It reminded me of old Scooby Doo shows with the kids investigating the mystery of Gargoy’s disappearance.” ~ 5 Star Review, megHan, Amazon
“I highly recommend this book to anyone. Both children and adults will love it. I know my family loved it.” ~ 5 Star Review, Delanie N., Amazon
“A very cute, unique story that will be loved by kids and adults alike. It reminds me of The Nightmare Before Christmas in all of the best ways…the creepy, dark themes are tempered with lovable characters and beautiful artwork, making a very charming, approachable story. The zombie craze continues but in a new, exciting way that little ones will also be able to enjoy. I highly recommend it!” ~ 5 Star Review, Nicole, Amazon
“I love this book! It’s so fun and creative, and the illustrations are beautiful. This book is not only enjoyable for the kids, but the adults will like it as well. It’s clever and smart with winks and nods to modern day life.” ~ 5 Star Review, cv, Amazon
About The Author: Wendy Knuth
After playing video games with her children, Wendy Knuth was inspired to write a book about zombies for kids. She hopes that humans of every age will enjoy reading this book as much as she loved writing it. Wendy is happily married to an old, bald guy, and they live in Arizona, where they continue to raise their two zoners.