With a pitchfork, mining helmet, and a treasure map, Mick Bogerman has just finished tying up his little brother (for safety of course) and is ready to hunt for treasure in the mysterious Zombie Cave. If you’re worried about the brother being tied up, no need, Mick knows what he’s doing and obviously a zombie cave is no place for little brothers.

Unfortunately, Mike probably could have used the extra help, younger brother or not; he is soon to be sludging through zombie goop in the chase to retrieve the coveted pirate treasure before the tide comes in and drowns him. Of course, drowning may be the least of his problems once he finds the worst monster of them all, the infamous Pirate Pete!

How to Navigate Zombie Cave and Defeat Pirate Pete is a delightful story that is perfect for the young male reader who loves adventure as well as monsters and their associated guts. The author and main character are one and the same and this book tells about their run in with some zombies in a quest to get the gold from their zombie pirate leader. Inevitably, whatever can go wrong, will, and little brothers get in the way as usual, but Mick knows his stuff and never gives up.

I would assume this book is meant for boys ages 8-12, but it also has the approval of my 5 and 7 year old sons, with the oldest reading it himself and my youngest insisting I read him a few pages each night before bed. They were delighted with the main character Mick and his younger brother Finley. And of course, the zombies. Who doesn’t love pirate zombies?

As the first book in the collection, I would have liked this to either be the first time Mick encountered monsters in his town, or to have a prologue of sorts that gave a bit of a backstory for the reader. As is, we get an abrupt introduction insinuating that Mick and his brother have had prior run-ins with mythical creatures. We are then thrown straight into the current zombie hunt.

The storytelling was quick, without too many frills, and easy to understand without sounding like the author was dumbing it down for younger readers. I enjoyed sharing this tale with my kids and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Slug Pie Stories, LLC. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.