Originally written in Afrikaans, Jaco Jacobs middle-grade novel has been translated into English for this new release from OneWorld.
The book follows Martin or Clucky as he prefers to be known who has recently lost his father; since then his mother has stopped leaving the house and he’s been left in charge of his father’s chickens. When a neighbour’s dog kills chicken Kathleen he goes round to confront them about it. There he meets Vusi who spends most of his days at home being treated for cancer. They discover a shared love of zombie films and set.out to make their own much to the discomfort of Vusi’s very concerned parents.
This is a lot of fun and I’d definitely recommend this to anyone after a book for any children in their lives, its full of imagination but at the same time it doesn’t shy away from difficult topics such as death and disease. The cover is also really well done and the book has illustrations throughout.
A Good Night for Shooting Zombies is due to be released on 11th October in the UK on paperback and Kindle. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.