Never Insult a Killer Zucchini Review

What’s it about?

This is one science fair you’ll never forget!

When Mr. Farnsworth, the science-fair judge, declares that he loves zucchinis, the Killer Zucchini is smitten. As the judge makes his way through the exhibits alphabetically—A (antimatter), B (bionic limb), C (cloning)—the Killer Zucchini tries to show his affection. But when Mr. F gets to K and admits he likes to eat zucchini with ranch dressing, the Killer Zucchini gets steamed and attempts to exact his revenge on the snack-loving judge using the other science-fair projects as his means to an end.

Hilarious havoc ensues as the entire science fair is destroyed by his wrath.

Engaging backmatter provides the science behind the science fair entries created by the characters in the story.

-Goodreads Synopsis


My Review of Never Insult a Killer Zucchini

Cute illustrations that are enough to pique a young reader’s interest in regards to some of the scientific projects that almost seem perpetually ongoing, along with a super-simple story line combine to make a cute, brief book. The last part of the book contains a brief synopsis of each science fair entry to give readers a closer look at the ones that they thought were interesting.

Overall, if you’ve got a young reader that’s even vaguely interested in science, this might be a good book for them, but I can’t see kids at the upper end of the age range (its for ages 7-10) really being interested. The first part is just too simple. Its an interesting concept, though, and anything that tries to make parts of science more accessible to children is to be applauded.

4 Star Rating

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Title: Never Insult a Killer Zucchini | Author: Elana Azose, Brandon Amancio | Illustrator: David Clark | Publisher: Charlesbridge (site) | Pub. Date: 2016-2-9 | Pages: 32 | ISBN13: 9781580896184 | Genre: Childrens | Age Range: 7-10 | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-11-29 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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