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Good Zap, Little Grog!
     

Good Zap, Little Grog!

by Sarah Wilson, Susan Meddaugh (Illustrator)
 

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Zoodie oop with little Grog! He's off to see the glipneeps and the smibblets, he's going to where ooglets tuzzle and paroobies churl "zlink-zlink!" So come along and chase the suns until the moons turn pink and it's time to snuggle your toes. With tongue-teasing whimsey and inventively envisioned pictures, Sarah Wilson and Susan Meddaugh reveal that a sunny day means

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Zoodie oop with little Grog! He's off to see the glipneeps and the smibblets, he's going to where ooglets tuzzle and paroobies churl "zlink-zlink!" So come along and chase the suns until the moons turn pink and it's time to snuggle your toes. With tongue-teasing whimsey and inventively envisioned pictures, Sarah Wilson and Susan Meddaugh reveal that a sunny day means it's time to play--even in another time and a faraway world.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Do children on other planets keep to the same daily rituals that Earthlings follow? Wilson (Christmas Cowboy; Garage Song) suggests that some behavior is truly universal in this winsome fantasy, the title of which translates as ``good night'' in a world of Grogs. But that phrase doesn't occur until the conclusion; the gentle rhymes begin with sunrise (``Zoodle oop, little Grog,/ give a hug; stretch and yawn./ The night moons are fading./ There's shine on the lawn''). The little Grog looks just like a human boy-although his pets are ``ooglets'' and a ``giant chiwanga'' (something like a blue brontosaurus) peeks in the door of his igloo-like abode. Meddaugh (Martha Speaks) imagines an extraterrestrial, primitive land, placing three pink moons in its sky. Her watercolor-and-ink flying ``zoofs'' and mouse-tailed ``froozels'' flesh out the neologist's nonsense menagerie, and a two-page ``Grog Guide'' lets readers identify all the freaky fauna. It's brillig, yet mimsey at the same time. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Michelle H. Martin
Wilson and Meddaugh invite the reader into a whimsical world in which Grog, the protagonist of the story, celebrates one day among a plethora of unique, fantastic animals. Making strategic use of the endpapers, Meddaugh introduces some of Grog's playmates even before we begin to read the book: Grog rides a "Giant Chiwanga," which resembles a blue Loch Ness Monster; a "Zoof " flies by, looking a lot like one of Dr. Seuss' Swomee-Swans in The Lorax; and a green and pink striped, horned, cat-like "Frullop" explores a microscopic "Paroobie" which resides on the back of the Giant Chiwanga. Set up like a bedtime story book, each page features a poem that relates events in Grog's adventurous day. The brightly colored, energetic illustrations and the intriguing animal creations draw the reader in, and by the end of the text, the reader also vicariously experiences the comfort and safety of Grog's home: "Now dream with the froozels / and snuggle at your feet. / Good zap, little Grog. / Go to sleep. / Go to sleep."
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-An imaginative, oversized title with rhyming text and illustrations that are bursting with color. Three poems-``Zoodle Ooop,'' ``Yoop Dooz,'' and ``Good Zap''-trace a little boy's day in an alien world full of fribbets, zamblots, and zoofs. In the manner of Lewis Carroll's ``Jabberwocky,'' the buoyant rhymes have just enough of the familiar for children to figure out the nonsense parts. The bright pictures depict a human-looking child and his mother and distinctly imaginary flora and fauna. Although there is some lack of inventiveness in the mostly two-syllable names, e.g., froozel, frullup, and floom, youngsters will surely love the strange words and rhythmic lines that beg for repetition and memorization, and will ask their parents to read the book once again before they say ``good zap.''-Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763602949
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/06/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.74(w) x 11.81(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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