By Author / Illustrator
Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang, Nathan Reed
Egmont UK Ltd
Paperback / softback
The brilliantly funny fifth book in the SAM WU series, starring the bravest scaredy-cat in the world! Perfect for reluctant readers and fans of Tom Fletcher, Pamela Butchart and Humza Arshad's Badman.
There's hardly anything that Sam Wu is afraid of. Unless you count ghosts, sharks, the dark and maybe even spiders. But definitely NOT zombies. Except for actual real ones maybe.
So when Sam's arch nemesis, Ralph Zinkerman the Third announces that he has zombie werewolves living in his basement, for the first time ever, Sam really isn't sure if he wants to be the one to save the day. Ralph has always been pretty mean to him and, well, just one little nibble from the zombie werewolves wouldn't hurt that much, would it?
Common childhood fears dealt with in a hilarious, sensitive and accessible way.
Also by Katie and Kevin Tsang:
Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts 9781405287517
Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Sharks 9781405287524
Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of the Dark 9781405287531
Sam W is NOT Afraid of Spiders 9781405294287
Katie and Kevin Tsang met in in 2008 while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since then they have lived on three different continents and travelled to over 40 countries together. They currently live in London.
Kevin was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of Sam Wu's experiences are based on Kevin's childhood (he's feeling much more confident now). Katie was born and raised in Southern California. She has previously worked at Booktrust, the UK's largest children's reading charity, and also writes YA fiction as Katherine Webber.
Somehow I've managed to miss the other books in the Sam Wu series but having read this one I shall be off to my local library or book shop pretty sharpish to read all about Sam's earlier adventures. Sam Wu is NOT afraid of Zombies is a laugh out loud, funny book; the fifth in a series of stories by Katie and Kevin Tsang, about a young boy and his adventures as he repeatedly tries to prove that he is definitely not a scaredy cat! This story starts when Sam and his arch nemesis, Ralph Zinkerman the Third, are kept in at break time for throwing erasers in class. Ralph ends up telling Sam about the noises that have been keeping him, and his sister Regina, awake at night. Ralph and Regina are certain that the noises are coming from the Zombie Werewolves locked in their basement and they ask Sam and his friends, Zoe and Bernard, to help them find someway of getting rid of them! So even though his friend Zoe is sure it's a trap, another of evil Ralph's mean plots, Sam, who actually really likes Regina, is, as always, keen to prove how brave he is. The adventures that follow are just brilliant. Telling only his inquisitive younger sister Lucy that he is off on a potentially dangerous mission, the five children make their way into the basement. The chaos the ensues is just brilliant, a great mix of humour and suspense throughout, it cannot fail to make you giggle. I really enjoyed this book, I have no doubt that it would be a fabulous book to share with the whole class, or equally good as a one-to-one read at home. It's a great book for newly independent or reluctant readers that will help them to gain confidence and find pleasure in reading themselves, while the superbly detailed illustrations by Nathan Reed will no doubt captivate the less confident reader. These books won't fail to make you smile. I can't wait to read the next adventure to find out what trouble Sam and his friends find themselves in again. 224 Pages / Ages 6-9 / Reviewed by Sam Phillips, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 7+