Square Fish/Raincoast Books
age 8-12, 13-18
Written by Greg Taylor
Synopsis from Raincoast Books:
Pizza you’ll die for! Toby McGill dreams of becoming a world-famous chef, but up until now, his only experience has been watching the Food Network. When Toby lands a summer job at Killer Pizza, where pies like The Monstrosity and The Frankensausage are on the menu, things seem perfect. His coworkers, Annabel and Strobe, are cool, and Toby loves being part of a team. But none of them are prepared for what’s really going on at Killer Pizza: It’s a front for a monster-hunting organization! Learning to cook pizzas is one thing, but killing hideously terrifying monsters? That’s a whole other story. Still, if Toby quits Killer Pizza, will monsters take over his town?
If you have a pre-teen who enjoys monsters, aliens, and a great scare, than Killer Pizza is just the read. Pizza chefs by day and MCOs (Monster Combat Officers) by night. Well officers in training. These are some hideous monsters too. The Gutatta look like you or I during the day, which makes them that much tricker to find. Toby, Annabel and Strobe go through an intence training period and have their fair share or close encounters. And no one can know what they do. Kids will enjoy that no adults play a significant role in the book, with the exception of the male alpha Gutatta. It’s a tight knit team of three very different kids that have to rely on themselves, their abilities, and their hidden courage to protect their small town.
Killer Pizza is a little far fetched but that didn’t stop my gang from wanting to read each chapter, afraid to find out what happened next but driven to follow our heros through their adventure. If your reader is a fan of Goosebumps then they may enjoy Killer Pizza. Although a scary read for some, there didn’t seem to be any real graphic content. The closest would be the description of the alpha male Gutatta changing from his human form to his alien form. It seemed very werewolf like.
Monster hunting craziness continues in Greg Taylor’s second book, Killer Pizza. The Slice.
I have to thank Raincoast Books for my review copy.