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Jimmy Zangwow loves his Moon Pies. His mom holds the key to the Moon Pie stash, though -- and she says no treats before dinner! If only Jimmy could fly to the moon to get his own Moon Pies...

How far would you go to get your favorite snack?

When Jimmy's mother won't let him have any moon pies for a snack, he takes a trip to the moon to get some.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"This delightful romp follows a red-haired, freckle-faced, goggle-wearing budding inventor and adventurer, on a passionate search for his favorite treat, which his mother forbids him to eat before dinner," said PW. "Children will see the galaxy in a whole new light after this wild flight." Ages 5-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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This delightful romp follows red-haired, freckle-faced, goggle-wearing Jimmy Zangwow, budding inventor and adventurer, on a passionate search for his favorite treat, which his mother forbids him to eat before dinner. DiTerlizzi gets the details just right in his debut book. Framed in a white border, the opening illustrations evoke advertisements from the '50s, complete with Jimmy's mother standing on the checkered linoleum kitchen floor in dress, apron and bedroom slippers, fixing dinner, glass milk bottles on the counter beside her. No sooner does the disgruntled Jimmy board his "junk jumbilee jalopy" and say "I wish I could go to the moon and get my own Moon Pies" than the machine rockets off the ground. The illustrations then become full-spread chronicles of the hero's travels (various continents are labeled below, and the equator is clearly visible). First he visits Mr. Moon (a crescent-shaped fellow depicted as a giant visage, sporting spectacles, a star-spangled nightcap and green crater-capped pajamas) and acquires 1,000 Moon Pies; next the Milky Way in search of milk; then Mars, where he encounters Mars Men and the fearsome Grimble Grinder. Jimmy discovers his love of Moon Pies is universal; he makes a number of extraterrestrial friends and saves the day by giving away every one of his treats. His friends then combine their efforts to send him back just in time for dinner and that special dessert. Children will see the galaxy in a whole new light after this wild flight. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
Jimmy's story can perhaps be appreciated more if you are a fan of that cookie, chocolate, and marshmallow confection, but the adventure remains an exciting one even for Oreo lovers. Longing to go to the moon for a Moon Pie, Jimmy is excited and a bit surprised when his "seecret projekt" jalopy takes off, with a shudder, out of this world. A slightly deaf old moon man gives him a thousand Moon Pies, then directs him to the Milky Way for "the only thing that goes with Moon Pies." An encounter with Mars Men avid for his Moon Pies, then with the monster Grimble Grinder, turn out just fine, with Jimmy getting safely back home for dinner and his favorite dessert. The doublepage, naturalistic paintings present an engaging redheaded Jimmy in cowboy boots, a spectacled old man in the moon, a properly tongueincheek scary Grimble Grinder, etc., in settings just detailed enough to bring us into the action. Added bits like the boymade space vehicle and the appealingly outofthisworld Martians add significantly to the attractiveness of the story. 2000, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 to 8, $16.00. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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"How far would you go to get your favorite snack?" If you love those yummy chocolate marshmallow double-decker treats as much as Jimmy Zangwow does you would be willing to go to the moon and beyond. Because it is so close to dinner, Jimmy's mom will not allow him to have his favorite snack. Lo and behold, his secret project, the junk jumbilee jalopy, works and he rockets skyward to ask the man in the moon for Moon Pies. One thousand Moon Pies are loaded into the jalopy, but alas, Jimmy has forgotten the milk to go with them. So where do you get milk in space? The Milky Way has rivers of the frosty stuff. A loud rumble-grumble careens the jalopy out of control and Jimmy crash lands on Mars. Would you believe it? The nine hundred and ninety-nine Mars-Men LOVE Moon Pies, but before they can enjoy their treat the evil Grimble Grinder appears. Will they all be eaten by the Grindle Grinder? Will any one get to taste a Moon Pie? Will Jimmy make it home for the Brussel-sprout-noodle-bean casserole? DiTerlizzi has created and illustrated a fun and frolicking tale, loaded with creativity and wit! The text is wrapped in vivid color and all are sure to love that wacky redheaded freckle-faced boy and the little blue men on the red planet! 2000, Simon & Schuster, Ages 4 up, $16.00. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
Kirkus Reviews
A lad's quest for a classic snack takes him to distant corners of the universe in this retro-flavored, roller coaster picture book debut. When Mom rejects his plea for a moon pie, Jimmy soars off into space in his homemade race car/rocket ship, taking on a thousand moon pies from the Man in the Moon, dipping gallons of milk from the Milky Way, then reluctantly but gamely sharing it all, after a crash landing, with 999 hungry Martians and a peckish monster with a loudly rumbling tummy. In red cowboy boots and aviator goggles, sporting freckles and a gap toothed grin, Jimmy looks like a living Howdy Doody, with his jalopy, made from crates and buggy wheels, the Martians, who look like tops with bright blue heads, and other features of his elaborately detailed surroundings of like vintage. In the end, Martians and monster repay Jimmy's generosity by constructing a moon pie wrapper balloon that floats him home in time for dinner (Brussels-sprout-noodle-bean casserole) and, (yes!) guess what for dessert. DiTerlizzi pays visual homage to a gallery of illustrators from Arthur Rackham to Mercer Mayer, and gives his intrepid protagonist an infectious look of wide-eyed excitement. Tempt fans of David Wiesner's Sector 7 (1999) and William Joyce's books with this high-flying, lip-smacking adventure. (Picture book. 7-9)
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Kirkus Reviews A high-flying, lip-smacking adventure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613617840
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony DiTerlizzi

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    Teacher in Mardi Gras town

    I teach school in Mobile, AL where Mardi Gras and moon-pies are synomous!!! The story teaches a lesson and coupled with the moon-pie theme I absolutely love it and know my 2nd grade class will too!!

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