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Jimmy Zangwow's Out-Of-This-World Moon Pie Adventure
Contributor(s): DiTerlizzi, Tony, DiTerlizzi, Tony (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689822154     ISBN-13: 9780689822155
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    OUR PRICE: $17.99  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: April 2000
Annotation: Long before kids begged their parents for Twinkies, Ho-Hos, and Devil Dogs, they clamored for Moon Pies--America's original snacktime treat. So, when Jimmy Zangwow's mother won't let him have a Moon Pie before dinner, he does what any self-respecting kid would do. He hops into his secret project and flies off to the moon to get his own. An entertaining tale of epic proportion paired with dazzling illustrations. Full-color illustrations.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Space flight to the moon; Fiction.
Moon Pies; Fiction.
Science fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Science Fiction
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 98016602
Lexile Measure: 320
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (1.00 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 54506
Reading Level: 2.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q26650
Reading Level: 2.8   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
How far would "you" go to get your favorite snack?

Contributor Bio(s):

Tony DiTerlizzi loves Moon Pies, but he loves illustrated books even more. Raised on such great artists as Arthur Rackham, Maxfield Parrish, and Ernest H. Shepard, Tony began making little books for himself when he was just a kid. Nowadays, he may look older, but he's still a kid at heart. He collects toys, draws, and continues to create books -- like the one you're now holding. He also enjoys visits with the Mars Men in spring when the Martian rainy season is over. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with Angela and their pug, Goblin, who's the real brains behind the whole "kaboodle."

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Fall)
Looking for all the world like Pippi Longstocking's long-lost brother, hungry Jimmy Zangwow goes on a fantastic journey--to the moon, the Milky Way, and Mars--in search of a Moon Pie. He returns home just in time for dinner and a Moon Pie for dessert. This satisfying tale is enlivened by paintings that have a classic look and feature inventive characterizations and striking composition. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2000 April #3)
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 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Review 2003 April #2)
"This delightful romp follows a red-haired, freckle-faced, goggle-wearing budding inventor and adventurer, on a passionate search for his favorite treat, which his mother forbids him to eat before dinner," said PW. "Children will see the galaxy in a whole new light after this wild flight." Ages 5-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2000 April)
K-Gr 2-Jimmy loves Moon Pies so much that when his mother refuses him one before dinner, he finds himself hurling into outer space toward the moon itself. After a brief conversation with Mr. Moon, the boy drives away with 1000 Moon Pies. "Gadzooks! A whole year's supply!" he exclaims. While scooping up milk in the Milky Way, he crashes onto a planet crowded with 999 Mars Men who happen to share his love for the tasty cakes. Jimmy shares his treats just as the dreaded Grimble Grinder arrives. Fearing that the monster wants to eat him and the Mars Men, the boy offers him a Moon Pie instead, which turns out to be exactly what he'd wanted. His new friends make him a "Moon-Pie-wrapper balloon" that gets Jimmy home in time for dinner. The dialogue includes quirky sayings like "Holy macaroni!" and "Jumping june bugs!," which young readers will relish. Large double-page watercolor, gouache, and colored-pencil illustrations enhance the story. DiTerlizzi uses various perspectives to show just how tall the Grimble Grinder really is and to send readers topsy-turvy through space. With its repetitive text and large illustrations, the story is great fun for group sharing.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.