Friday, September 21, 2018

The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond by Max Brallier-- Listicle

Today, I am so excited to be apart of THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE COSMIC BEYOND Blog Tour!!

Note: I was provided with a copy of The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond by Penguin Young Readers to read and spotlight this book.  It didn't affect my opinion in any way.

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If you're not familiar with this series, I reviewed the previous 3 books HERE.  It's a series about 4 friends that are dealing with a monster apocalypse in the coolest ways ever.

The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond

(Book 4)

Release Date: September 19, 2018

It's the first winter after the Monster Apocalypse. For Jack and his buddies, that means sled catapults, epic snowball battles, and one monstrous Christmas celebration. But their winter wonderland turns dark when a villainess begins hunting them. And this villainess is different--she's a human. 

When the villainess steals Jack's prized monster-slaying tool, the Louisville Slicer, he vows to get it back. But it won't be easy. Jack and his friends soon discover that the Louisville Slicer is the key to a dark plan that threatens the entire world--and beyond . . .

This book continued on with the more serious feel that the last book left off with.  I 100% thought this 4th book would have the kids traveling to New York since they found the radio signal telling them that people were congregating at the Statue of Liberty.  Their plans to do that were halted by the arrival of a winter like they've never known.  It's a blizzard wonderland.  The monsters (the friendly ones) are freaked out by the snow, June is missing family more than ever, and they've finally found another person!!!  Too bad this person is worse than the monsters.  As if the scary creatures weren't enough, now they have to deal with a human villain who is determined to bring a Cosmic Terror into their dimension.

Guide to monsters in Jack's post apocalyptic world:

  • Blarg- a 40 foot tall beast with tentacles and armored skin
  • Winged Wretch- mutated pterodactyls. There is also a King Wretch with swirly eyeballs and the ability to enter minds
  • Rover- not really a monster, more like a dog/companion and a transportation option
  • Wormungulous- giant worm monster
  • Thrull- fake good monster who turns into a tree beast
  • Bardle- good monster who guides the kids
  • Zombies- as if giant, scary monsters weren't bad enough
  • Hairy Eyeball Monster- eyeball covered in spiny quills. It attacks by throwing those quills like spears
  • The Scrapken- a one-eyed, octopus-like monster that lives in the scrap yard
  • Meathook- a one-armed beast controlled by Evie, the villainess
  • Biggun- friendly giant monster who doesn't know his size
  • Abominable Snow Monster- sort of self-explanatory, has a giant mouth
  • Warg- loner monster who isn't good or bad.  He does however have 999 eyeballs that detach and roll around
  • Ghazt- controls the zombies
  • Evie- not technically a monster, but just as bad

Max Brallier ( is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books and games, including the previous books in The Last Kids on Earth series. He is the creator and writer of Galactic Hot Dogs, an ongoing middle-grade web serial and book series with Aladdin. He writes for licensed properties including Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Uncle Grandpa. Under the pen name Jack Chabert, he is the creator and author of the Eerie Elementary series for Scholastic Books. In the olden days, he worked in the marketing department at St. Martin's Press. Max lives just outside of New York City with his wife and daughter.

Douglas Holgate has been a freelance comic book artist and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia, for more than ten years. He's illustrated books for publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster, and comics for Image, Dynamite, Abrams, and Penguin Random House.