Children's Choice Book Award 2009
Booklist Top Ten Debut 2008
Silver Birch Prize: Winner 2010
E. B. White Honour 2009
Children's Literature Assembly Notable Book 2009
California Young Reader Medal: Nominee 2011
Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award: Nominee 2011
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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!
“Zorgamazoo is one of the most exciting children's books to hit the shelves in a long time. First time novelist Robert Paul Weston's poetic dexterity is unparalleled and his extraordinary story is complemented by whimsical pen and ink illustrations from Spanish artist Victor Rivas.”
“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.”
“There's something infectious, contagious, sublime / about a 280-plus-page novel written completely in rhyme / Not only the rhymes, but the rhythms are neat / not once, in these pages, does R.P. muff a beat.”
“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!”
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