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Killer Pizza

May 5, 2011

Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor

Feiwel & Friends; First Edition edition (May 26, 2009)

Summary: Toby Magill is ecstatic when he gets his first job making pies at “Killer Pizza.” Not the most athletic or popular kid, Toby has a secret dream: he wants to become a famous celebrity chef. Making pizza at the new neighborhood eatery seems to be the perfect entry level position. After slaving away in Killer Pizza’s kitchen for a couple of weeks with his new coworkers, Annabel and Strobe, the teens learn that they are not employed by the best pizza joint in town (well, it is, but that is beside the point), but a secret monster hunting organization.

Toby and his friends soon learn that delivering pizzas to a party of six year olds or keeping up with the appetites of hungry teenagers are not the biggest things to fear. A clan of super suave, and stupendously scary monsters called Guttata are taking over their town. How will the newest MCOs (Monster Control Officers) handle this unexpected turn of events?

The Good: For fans of horror books, this is an awesome read! This book is chock full of freakishly scary monsters. But, for those who are a little squeamish about creepy topics, there is enough comedy to keep this one compelling.

The Bad: Okay, seriously…I had a hard time with a bunch of 14 year olds out hunting full grown venomous, clawed, scaly monsters? It just seems a little too dangerous to me. But oh, wait…what adult would believe in these creatures? I suppose sometimes it just takes a teenager to take care of such a serious job!

The Ugly: Well, the guttata are definitely ugly.

The Awesome: First of all, I love the cover and title of this book! Who can resist a cover that looks like a greasy pizza box (original publication cover). This is just an overall fun book. Now, I have to admit that I am not a huge horror fan. As a rule, I don’t do scary movies and I don’t do scary books (really, who goes down into the basement alone on a dark and stormy night when a killer is on the loose…get real folks). However, I will watch scary movies that don’t take themselves too seriously (oh, you know that it is a bad idea to go into the basement, but you are going to anyway…well go right ahead). This is a scary book that does’t take its self too seriously and I can’t wait for the sequel, Killer Pizza: The Slice (available in June 21, 2011).

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