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Jimmy Zangwow is bound and determined to get his hands on his favorite snack: Moon Pies and milk. After his mother refuses his pre-dinner request, Jimmy stomps off to sulk aboard his secret project, a flying junk jumbilee jalopy. "Holy macaroni!" The next thing he knows he's hurtling off to space, toward the moon... and "Mmm! Moon Pies." A hilariously digressive dialogue with sleepy, hard-of-hearing Mr. Moon results in Jimmy scoring a thousand Moon Pies. But our hungry hero's troubles are not over yet. Run-ins with Mars Men and the dreaded Grimble Grinder are yet in store. And then there's the issue of how to get back to Earth and his brussels-sprout-noodle-bean casserole dinner.
Tony DiTerlizzi paints like a very, very twisted Norman Rockwell. His freckle-faced Jimmy Zangwow, clad in denim shorts, airplane goggles, and red cowboy boots, appeals to every adventurer, big or small, humanoid or alien. This zany escapade proves that with powerful motivation (and what could be a stronger incentive than the promise of Moon Pies?), a generous heart, and a resourceful mind, anything is possible. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
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.)
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Cool book! I love the way the moon looks and I wish I was Jimmy Zangwow. I think it's really funny when the Grimble Grinder burps and blows up the balloon. Read morePublished on March 6 2004
I am 3 years old and I LOVE this book. I can't believe that all my friends don't have this book. It is my favorite book to give at birthday parties. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Pale Ramon
My 3 year old was entranced from the very first reading. The debut of this book at bed time coincided with potty training and we quickly bought some moon pies (ding dongs-but... Read morePublished on July 11 2002 by Christine Fingado
This imaginative adventure has fast become a family favorite! Every time our two-year-old son hears a burp or funny tummy noise now, he exclaims "grimble grinder! Read morePublished on Dec 19 2000 by Jennifer Garrett
This book is great. The artwork is really amazing and the story is very creative. My three year old daughter loves it.Published on Nov. 30 2000 by David V. Bressie
Richly illustrated, this great book has become our new favorite. My boys (ages 6 and 9) love to hear the story again and again.Published on Oct. 26 2000
This is one of the greatest most imaginative children's books I have read in such a long time. This is a book I am proud to read as a parent and will love to read as a grandparent. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2000