"This fast, funny time travel adventure is a blast of mind-bending Back to the Future fun"
Perfect for fans of David Solomons and madcap tales of unsuspecting super heroes, Andy Jones’ Bob vs the Selfie Zombies boasts super-charged pace and a funny, energetic voice. Add to that Robin Boyden’s comic illustrations and you have a punch-packing package of page-turning entertainment.
Pretty new to big school, Bob plays in a band called The Tentacles of Time that needs to win the school talent contest for two reasons. Firstly, there’s the £50 prize money. Secondly, winning the contest might just save the world. And the reason? It just so happens that Bob can time travel. Don’t ask him why – he just can, OK?
The first time it happens, Bob is propelled to 2043, where he meets his future self and discovers his dog is still doing “toxic guffs”. Then, during one of his journeys, Bob learns the world has been overrun by zombies, but not the usual “brain-munching, tear-you-limb-from limb” type of zombies. Rather, these are selfie zombies — creatures created by an evil genius using a smile-operated camera, for in the future, people have become addicted to “smile-activated selfie hats”. Given that the selfie hat won Bob’s school talent contest, it falls to him to change the course of history by winning it. Yikes!
Fast-moving and huge fun so bound to appeal to its target readership.
In spite of being several decades older than Andy Jones’ target readership, I found this a hugely enjoyable story to read so have absolutely no doubts about its appeal to young readers, either as a book they read to themselves or one to have read to them as a bedtime story. I’m not going to go into any details about the characters or the various mad-cap adventures they have (the publisher’s synopsis captures the essence of what the story is about and many other reviewers have already précised the story!) so I’ll confine my observations to what impressed me about the author’s storytelling skills.... Read Full Review