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15 September 2008 @ 02:10 pm
Zorgamazoo rocks  

When I first saw that ZORGAMAZOO (Razorbill, October 2008) was written in rhymed couplets, I sorta winced. It has been a while since I read rhyme this lengthy and I wondered if I would grow weary or develop that sing songy ting in my head a la Romper Room. I am happy to report that neither happened. And I thoroughly loved this story of Katrina Katrell, a young girl who can see things others cannot or will not. Her guardian, Mrs. Krabone (Katrina calls her Krabby) plans to have her lobotomized (see why this rhyming couplet thing is not a deterrent?) and so Katrina escapes and hooks up with Morty the zorgle who has been challenged to find out the whereabouts of all the missing zorgles of Zorgamazoo. Aliens, robotic monsters, creatures of fairy and fantasy all populate this adventurous tale. I particularly liked the sketches that adorn the drop caps at the openings of each chapter and some that wiggle across the white spaces around the poem/story. What a lovely book for reading aloud to kids of all ages. Tie this one to China Mieville's UN LUN DUN, too.
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thunderchikin on September 16th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Can all of your fans get an Ike update?
(Anonymous) on November 3rd, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kudos!
Hey, thanks for a very kind review! Wanted to let you know I linked here from my own blog: wayofthewest.wordpress.com
ext_161263 on February 5th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
New Sound!
Thanks again for a great review! I thought you might be interested to know that I've just begun posting audio to my blog -- excerpts from Zorgamazoo, and there'll be new stuff in the future.