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Jimmy Zangwow's Out-of-This-World Moon-Pie Adventure [Hardcover]

Tony DiTerlizzi
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April 1 2000
How far would you go to get your favorite snack?

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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

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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.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Out Of This World Book May 29 2003
Jimmy Zangwow's Out This World Moon Pie Adventure, by Tony DiTerlizzi, is a glorious and imaginative romp. Jimmy Zangwow loves eating moon pies. Problem is Jimmy's mother won't let him eat between meals. No sooner does Jimmy wish he could go to the moon for some moon pies than his jalopy zips off to the moon. After visiting with the man on the moon, and getting stocked up with plenty of moon pies, Jimmy sets off to the Milky Way. After all you can't have moon pies without milk. From there Jimmy makes a crash landing on Mars. The story moves from one delightful adventure to the next. Jimmy Zangwow's Out This World Moon Pie Adventure is delrious fun. Tony DiTerlizzi's imagination never falters. Indeed, Mr. DiTerlizzi proves himself to be such a skilled raconteur of tall tales that even Baron Munchausen would be envious. The illustrations are eye poppingly perfect. I simply loved DiTerlizzi's rendering of Jimmy's visit with the man on the moon, complete with a rope tied from the moon to Jimmy's jalopy. (While parked in space Jimmy's jalopy has its little head lights turned on) If I were Eight I would love Jimmy Zangwow's Out This World Moon Pie Adventure. Oh Heck! I'm only thirty and I love it.
Preston McClear
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Outer Space Adventure July 2 2001
What would you do for a Moon Pie and milk? When Jimmy Zangwow's mother tells him he can't have a snack because it's too close to dinner, he takes matters into his own hands, jumps into his secret project, a junk jumbilee jalopy and takes off for the moon. The man in the moon has plenty of Moon Pies, but no milk, so he suggests Jimmy visit the Milky Way. The Milky Way has gallons and quarts and pints of milk, but there's also a Grimble Grinder living there, with a grumble-rumble so loud that Jimmy's jalopy flips and he, the Moon Pies and milk tumble straight down to Mars where he meets Martians who will do anything for a Moon Pie and milk..... Tony DiTerlizzi has authored a very delightful and creative story that will let little imaginations soar as youngsters join Jimmy on his magical space adventure. His humorous text, full of wordplay, jokes and alliteration is only outdone by Mr DiTerlizzi's outstanding, bold, brilliant and expressive artwork and children will love poring over all the wonderful details in each picture. Perfect for youngsters 4-8, Jimmy Zangwow's Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure is a winner and a galactic journey, no future astronaut should miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Never Abandon Imagination!" Oct. 2 2002
Those words are inscribed on an introductory page to this book, and the idea is embodied on every page that follows. In delightful, retro-modern styling reminiscent of the 1950's, a tale unfolds to delight the senses of any child (or child at heart!). When Mom says Jimmy can't have his favorite snack (a Moon Pie and milk) before dinner, he sets off to get some on his own. His adventure takes him to the moon and back, and lands him in his back yard just in time for dinner. My four year old (and his parents) adored this book, and, of course, HAD to have some Moon Pies to go with it (which, by the way, are an actual pre-existing product available online through a webside provided in the acknowledgments of the book). A more sensitive friend of mine was slightly put off by the belching scenes in the story, but we found those parts particularly inventive and humorous. No imaginative 4-8 year-old's collection should be without this remarkable, endearing book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Advertising gimmick March 2 2004
This book is a pure marketing book for Moon Pies. It even includes a coupon for Moon Pies in the back. The story itself is quite engaging. It describes a boy who travels to outer space to get his Moon Pies. He even pacifies a monster on Mars with a Moon Pie. The entire book is dedicated to increasing the readerï¿s desire to purchase and eat Moon Pies- -completely despicable. The author is not content to simply market Moon Pies; he also suggests that Moon Pies are preferable to nutritious foods like Brussels sprouts and beans. If you would like to see your child join the ranks of the morbidly obese, for heaven sakes, buy this book. And thereï¿s an Oreo counting book youï¿d probably like as well.
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An out of this world book! This is a book for the child in all of us. And for the Moon Pie eater in all of us... The wealth of imagination and creative artisty is astounding. The images are so detailed and deeply imagined they seem ready to animate. ( And I am certain they will soon be a major animated cartoon.) The story is simple, fun, and probably somewhat auto-biographical. I know it reminded me of my childhood, and my imaginary friend, Filbert agrrees. ( It reminds him of my childhood too. ) So I guess that means the story has that special element of truth that is the most imoprtant detail, even in a fanatsy. I can't wait for the next Jimmy Zangwow adventrue & my next Moon Pie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Out-Of-This-World Adventure For Sure! March 11 2003
By Dave P
One of the best children's books I have ever read, Jimmy Zangow's Out-Of-This-World Moon Pie Adventure, is everything that the title says. It is about a young boy name Jimmy Zangow who absolutely loves moon pies. When his mom doesn't let him have any before dinner and sends him out to play, Jimmy goes into space with his jalopy and goes all over the universe. Follow Jimmy on his adventures from the moon, to the Milky Way, to Mars, and he even encounters the scary Grimble Grinder monster. This imaginative and creative story is definitely a must-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an awesome space adventure
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 more
Published on March 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Zip Pip Kaboodle!
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 more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by Pale Ramon
5.0 out of 5 stars My 3 year old loves this!!!!
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 more
Published on July 11 2002 by Christine Fingado
5.0 out of 5 stars Grimble Grinder!
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 more
Published on Dec 19 2000 by Jennifer Garrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Great artwork: creative and entertaining story!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - Great to read over and over
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
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the greatest children's books !
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 more
Published on Oct. 3 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to be a Classic
There is something about the simplicity of this child's imagination and the wholesome adventure that warms the heart of the reader, young and old. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2000
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