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Zorgamazoo
     

Zorgamazoo

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by Robert Paul Weston, Victor Rivas (Illustrator)
 

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Are You a Believer in Fanciful Things? In Pirates and Dragons and Creatures and Kings?

Then sit yourself down in a comfortable seat, with maybe some cocoa and something to eat, and I'll spin you the tale of Katrina Katrell, a girl full of courage (and daring, as well!), who down in the subway, under the ground, saw something fantastical roaming around . . .

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Are You a Believer in Fanciful Things? In Pirates and Dragons and Creatures and Kings?

Then sit yourself down in a comfortable seat, with maybe some cocoa and something to eat, and I'll spin you the tale of Katrina Katrell, a girl full of courage (and daring, as well!), who down in the subway, under the ground, saw something fantastical roaming around . . .

What was it she saw? I'd rather not say. (Who's ever heard of a Zorgle, anyway?)

But if you are curious, clever and brave, if intrepid adventure is something you crave, then open this book and I'll leave it to you to uncover the secret of ZORGAMAZOO!

Join Morty the Zorgle and Katrina on a fantastically illustrated, you'll-wanna-read-every-word-aloud, sophisticated rhyming adventure for kids of all ages!

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
. . . a natural descendant of the works of Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl while hewing close to the droll atmospherics of Edward Gorey and Lemony Snicket.
The Horn Book Magazine
A well-constructed story with fully realized characters and plenty of humor. The rhyme is almost flawless . . . Fancifully frightening illustrations and typographical trickery create an inviting visual package.
Quill & Quire
Zorgamazoo is a story rich in clever wordplay, unusual characters, and fantastic circumstances...The book's illustrations are reminiscent of the oval-eyed, twiggish vulnerability of Tim Burton's creations, and the details of the story traverse some of the same dark territory.
Canadian Review of Materials
Readers can make text-to-text connections to other quest stories such as Alice in Wonderland and even Homer's Iliad...What a wonderful way to re-awaken the enchantment of the imagination for readers - young and old!
Kirkus Reviews
Preteen Katrina Katrell has always seen things others don't. Her bored and boring guardian Mrs. Krabone is so fed up she calls lobotomy specialist Dr. LeFang to take care of the problem. Katrina escapes but gets into further trouble, and reluctant adventurer Mortimer Yorgle, a Zorgle who lives in a parallel world beneath the ground with other fantasy beasts, comes to her rescue. The two set off to find the missing Zorgles of Zorgamazoo. What they discover is a nefarious plot from outer space to make Earth more boring by kidnapping fantastical beasts (which, by the way, are real) and upping the production of Tedium Steam. The planet behind the plot, Graybalon-Four, runs on the stuff. Much saving of the day ensues. Weston's debut fantasy in rhymed verse is at once silly and gross. If Seuss and Dahl collaborated early in their careers, something similar might have resulted. Though the language is often a slave to the rhyme, and that rhyme is sometimes a stretch, Snicket fans and reluctant readers not afraid of a peek at verse will likely feel right at home. (Fantasy. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595141996
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/16/2008
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Robert Paul Weston's first novel was Zorgamazoo, a Booklist top ten debut of 2008. Born in the UK and raised in Canada, Robert Paul Weston lives in Toronto, where he currently teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto.

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Zorgamazoo 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is written completely in verse, and I enjoyed it tremendously.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
Katrina Katrell suffers under the spiteful eye of her guardian Mrs. Krabone. When Krabby decides to get Katrina a lobotomy to get rid of her wild imagination, she runs away. She find Mortimer Yorgle, who is (unwillingly) on a quest to save the Yorgles of Zorgamazoo who have mysteriously vanished. They team up and have many fun adventures. This book is written entirely in rhyme—reminiscent of Dr. Seuss. It’s the kind of book that really ought to be read aloud. I was lucky enough to get it in audiobook form, which was VERY well read. Some of the rhymes were rather clever, and the book was lighthearted and silly. Very enjoyable!
Gregory Hartnett More than 1 year ago
You will love the book it is amazing. My frinds even say it is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it!
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Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! It has adventure and mystery! My favorite character would have to be Mortimer Yorgle? Why i can't really say but his father is sick so he has to go on adventure for him and you to find out what his adventure is by readin gthe book! Trust me it is amazing!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!! If you like using your imagination i reccomend this book!! I had to read it as a book report and it was awesome!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's something infectious, contagious, sublime/About a 280-plus-page novel written completely in rhyme...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost like a Dr. Suess book with all the rhyming,but that is what makes this book seem fun because most teenagers grow out of chidren books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have heard this is a wonderful read. I think I will try it now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved zorgamazoo. This book isnt an annoying rhyming book, Robert Paul Weston finds amazing wordd to rhyme. Awesime book reccomend to anyone.
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