Kellie's Diary, by Thomas Jenner and Angeline Perkins, is a journal into the apocalypse, from a kid's perspective. One day, Kellie and her journal Barbie are trapped in the school's bathroom. While she's hiding, everyone inside and on the playground are not very sick and/or biting one another.
Kellie's Diary is different, since the story comes from an elementary school child. She doesn't understand the concept of apocalypse or zombies, so when she shares, via journal entries in the diary she named Barbie, in wording that is supposed to be childish..
Unfortunately, this didn't work for me, for two reasons. One, you can easily see below. My examples are blown up, but imagine them on the screen of your iPad, Kindle, etc. After the introduction, the pages all ended up small like the pic on the lower, right. The book's not formatted well, thus a frustration for me, the reader!
The second loss for me was due to the simplicity of the story. It didn't really feel as if it was from a little girl.
With the story coming from a 3rd/4th grader, there's a lot she should have understood! She came off younger at times, but seemed to maneuver at a much older level. She came off too young and it took from the tale. Many kids can find their way home after riding a bus so many times, but with her being eight or nine years old, she seemed... off. She climbed trees to stay safe (good!), took cans of food form the cafeteria (where was her can opener?) because she knew to pack food (maybe) but didn't know what a zombie was? (nuh-uh!). It was cute, but I just couldn't stay interested enough to continue with the series.
I'm not saying this story isn't good; I just couldn't get into it. That and the formatting giving me a small pic to enlarge for reading just didn't make for a pleasant, comfortable read. I read it and deleted it. Sorry.
Off to the next read! 📚
*Troll Hunting is next.
Kellie's Diary #1
Thomas Jenner & Angelia Perkins
March 14, 2013
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