Fiction: The Fabulous Zed Watson!

Author Illustrator Publisher

Basil Sylvester Kevin Sylvester Harper Collins

How can one fashion-forward kid with a penchant for monsters find a long-lost manuscript, have an amazing road-trip, and make great new friends? Well, if you are Zed Watson nothing is impossible!

Zed Watson is on a mission to find the lost manuscript, The Monster’s Castle. They think that they are on the right track until a simple question rocks Zed’s world and they find themselves on a totally different path. This time, though, Zed is not alone. Taking a road-trip of a life-time, Zed solves clues, find new friends, and gains new insights into what being the fabulous Zed Watson is all about. 


  • Zed’s parents are pretty awesome the way they open their home to so many people and friends, what are some of the rules and traditions of the Watson household?  
  • Zed’s journey starts with one goal, to find the missing manuscript.  What else does Zed gain along the road? 
  • At times, it seems Zed can be pretty focused only on Zed, what does it take for Zed to start appreciating and sharing with others? 
  • What is so important to you that you would take off on a long road-trip like Zed did? 
  • Zed is pretty resilient, but sometimes their resiliency wobbles. How does Zed get it back? Do you have any tricks and tools to get your resiliency back on track?


SD20 Webster Elementary Red Cedar Readers

The Fabulous Zed Watson is a mystery novel where Zed and his friend Gabe go on a wild adventure looking for the rest of the text from a monster novelist. This book had twists and turns galore! It also had LGBTQ+ representations. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery and is Grade 5+. I hope you enjoy this book like I did.⅗.

I like this book.  I liked this book for many reasons and some of them are the mystery and thrills and the non-binary representation. My favourite part was the humour. It had lots of short funny bits which I liked. There were lots of thrills and lots of mystery throughout the book. I would recommend this book to Grade 4 and up. I rate this book 4.

This is a really good book. It’s a Red Cedar and a fiction book. It’s about a non-binary kid who does something cool with a friend. I recommend this book for ages 10 and older. I rate this book a 5/5.

The book The fabulous Zed Watson was a boring book. In my opinion it was boring but some parts in the book were sort of  funny. I recommend it to Grades 4-7 to read this book. Overall, I rate this book a ⅖.

This was a fabulous book. I really enjoyed reading this book and related to the characters. This is a realistic fiction book with nonbinary representation in it. If you enjoy reading books with treasure hunting, humour and monsters in it, this is the book for you. I recommend this book for 10 years and up and  rate it a 5/5. I would definitely re-read it.

This is a decent Red Cedar book. I has good characters and nicely sized print. If you are a person who enjoys books about books (for real!) and monsters, then this is the book for you. For an age range for this book, I would say between the ages of eleven and thirteen. I enjoyed this book and I hope that you do too.