3 for 3-to-5: Sci-Fi & Scary Books for Young Readers #5

Featuring: Zombees by Basil Crumb, How to Build a Robot from A to Z by Leslie Ralph, and How to Scare a Monster by Michelle Zimmerman.

3 for the 3-to-5 is where I give brief reviews of three books that I found in the 3-to-5 age range on Amazon. These books are theoretically in the science fiction and horror genres for little kids. (Although obviously for little readers ‘horror’ basically just means including ghosts and ghoulies.)

3 for 3 to 5 #5

Book cover for ZombeesZombees (Smelly Monster Tales #3) by Basil Crumb: Milo Shine receives a mysterious letter written with invisible ink. When he deciphers the message, Milo and Nate are off on their next adventure.  Their new client is a girl named Grace. She’s being pestered by a swarm of buzzing, farting bees. It’s a smelly job. And a weird predicament. But, as the world’s only smelly monster hunters, Milo and Nate accept the challenge to help Grace.

How will the brave investigators resolve their newest case? Learn the answer in ZOMBEES: SMELLY MONSTER TALES NO. 3!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Zombees is the 3rd book in a series, but you don’t need to read the other two to figure out what’s going on. The Kindle edition is only 22 pages so it’s a good sized read for a 5 year old. There are no pictures though, so it would be good to read it as playfully as possible to help keep their attention. There’s lots of mentions of farts which should amuse plenty of kids. It definitely amused Miss L as we were reading it for review.

This was a fun book to read. There were only a few words that younger readers might not understand. And the mystery was easily solved (although how the bird seed also changed them into zombees versus regular bees is something you can debate with your kid). All in all, a pleasant little story.

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Book cover for How to Build a Robot from A to Z How to Build a Robot from A to Z by Leslie Ralph: f you want to build a robot, you’ll need a lot of parts. Some are big, some are small. Some are hard to find. Not to worry. All of the parts you need are right here in this book!

Follow along with Rosie as she gives you a fun look at building her robot named Index. She’ll take you all the way from A to Z with each piece she adds to make one amazing robot.

If you want to build an awesome robot of your own, you can visit ribbonsandrobots.com/robotbuildingkit for a free printable Robot Building Kit. Build your own robot as you read to bring the story to life.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: This was a cute book! We (yes, my kiddo helped me with all the reviews for this 3-to-5) both liked the set-up where instead of just listing one or two words that began with the letter, the author tried to include several. Miss L is definitely too old for this book but she still had fun going back and picking out all the words before I ‘revealed’ the answers. The illustrations are simple, but nice. And the site that’s mentioned in the description also has other activities available. It’s a nice online tie in. We loved this!

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Book cover for How to Scare a MonsterHow to Scare a Monster by Michelle Zimmerman: A delightful short story about a young boy who wakes one night to find a monster in his room! After some thought and research, he devises several methods to face his fears and deal with the problem. Full color illustrations accompany the story to help keep your little ones engaged. A great bedtime story that you and your children can share again and again! Children’s books can be entertaining, thoughtful and teach a lesson, all at the same time!

Rating: 3 out of 5

Review: Short and simple with nice illustrations. How to Scare a Monster teaches kids about facing their fears and self-defense. It’s an simple to read book that a 4 or 5 year old could get through very easily. Good for teaching a lesson, but a little low on the entertainment value side.


Our favorite from this week was definitely How to Build a Robot from A to Z. It really stands out as an alphabet book.




4 thoughts on “3 for 3-to-5: Sci-Fi & Scary Books for Young Readers #5

    1. There are some really good ones 🙂 one of the first *little* kids “horror” I read was I Want To Eat Your Books. It was a super cute rhyming zombie story.

    1. The “Building a Robot from A to Z” was one of the best alphabet books I’ve came cross in a long time. Second only to Teneisha Jones’ book that just won for absolutely breathtaking illustrations.

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