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Reviewed by Joyce McPherson for Readers' Favorite
Minecraft: Diary of a Wimpy Zombie, Book 3: Monster Christmas by MC Steve is a Minecraft fan fiction perfect for 4th to 6th graders who like to read about this popular game. The diary is narrated by Z, who is a zombie and just learning to deal with relationships between humans and zombies. Unlike many zombies and humans, he is open-minded about friendships between the two groups. MC Steve includes many imaginative details such as the need for “human make-up” when Z visits his friend Steve’s family. Naturally, Steve has the opportunity to wear zombie make-up when he attends a party at Z’s house.
The book opens with the beginning of the Christmas break and the diary details the many events that Z experiences during his break. His personality shines through the story, as when he observes, “What happens at school should stay in school. After all, the teachers don’t want us bringing in our toys and stuff from home, so why should we have to bring home papers from school?” Z also writes his own story about a human and zombie who meet, and he struggles with the latest injunction from his newspaper editor that zombies cannot be the bad guys. These issues add depth to the story.
The appeal of MC Steve’s writing comes from the empathy he builds for Z, who is a zombie. The fun details from Minecraft also enhance the story. For example, at one point Z and his friend Bonnie (who is a skeleton) build two snowmen, except they use pumpkins for their heads! The snowmen become golems who help the kids play in a snow ball fight. A delightful book for kids who love Minecraft, zombies, diaries, and Christmas! What could be better?