ARC Review: Apocalypse Bow Wow by James Proimos III and James Proimos Jr.

Apocalypse Bow Wow by James Proimos III and James Proimos Jr.

The end has come. The world is in shambles. Everyone is gone…except for the dogs!

Brownie and Apollo are two dogs living in bliss with a big, comfy couch to laze on. But unbeknownst to them and seemingly overnight, the world has turned to utter chaos. What they do know is their owners are MIA, they are starting to get on each other’s nerves, and it’s dinner time. What has happened? Who will feed them? What if their people are gone for good?!

With bellies rumbling, Brownie and Apollo decide to set out into the wide world, where they discover other pets and stray animals who have been left behind. But not everyone is man’s best friend. It’s a dog-eat-dog world now! With the help of a friendly neighborhood police dog and a small but mighty side-kick tick, Apollo and Brownie must figure out how to survive these dark times and locate their ultimate goal: dinner!

Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released on January 6th, 2015. Thanks to Bloomsbury Children’s Books for giving me the chance to read and review this book.

APOCALYPSE BOW WOW is a seriously entertaining little book, but there’s two major problems with it: world-building and format.

First of all: to be continued. I went into this book fully expecting a quick, cool, interesting graphic-novel-esque type of story that would be a stand-alone. I got to the last page to face to be continued. Honestly, I was conflicted about how to feel about this because it certainly isn’t the first time I’ve come into a book thinking it was a stand-alone and the ending either sucking or it not actually being the ending. It was the latter for APOCALYPSE BOW WOW.

I don’t know what the authors are going to do with the next book, because I didn’t really feel like it was necessary, but I’ll have to wait and see if it was worth it or not. While I was a little disappointed by the ending, I do hope to see some of my issues with this book resolved in the next one.

Then to the world-building.

To be frank, I think lots of kids will love this book. It’s fun, it’s interesting and it’s hilarious all at once. I don’t believe that kids will care about the things that other reviewers and I care about, and one of those things is the unexplained absence of people. Even Michael Grant had to explain the sudden apocalypse and the people disappearing that came with it.

There were a few other world-building details that bothered me that I’ll leave out for the sake of spoilers later on in the story. Overall, APOCALYPSE BOW WOW was fantastic and it didn’t have any problems that I think it’s target demographic will have a problem with. This is an at times serious, at times ridiculous (in the best possible way) book about two dumb dogs and their awesome adventures. Perfect for anyone (even adults) who ever wanted to see a kind of goofy, whimsical, comic-version, THE WALKING DEAD (or GONE, for that matter) with dogs. 3.5 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 224


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