Friday, April 15, 2011

Poetry Month: Zorgamazoo

National Poetry Month is in its 15th year.  To celebrate, I will be posting quick reviews of poetry books and novels in verse throughout the month of April.  

ZorgamazooZorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston 
Razorbill, 2010 (Reprint)
288 pages
5 out of 5
"Here's a story that's stranger than strange.  Before we begin you may want to arrange: a blanket, a cushion, a comfortable seat, and maybe some cocoa, and something to eat."

In rhyming couplets, readers learn the take of the lost Zorgles of Zogamazoo.  Morty Yorgle is a hero, at least the lottery says so, and it becomes his quest to learn what happened to the Zorgamazoo Zorgles.  Along the way he meets Katrina Katrell, a precocious young lady on the run from her guardian and looking for adventure.  The two discover a foul plot to remove these special creatures and their mythical brethren from Earth to leave its inhabitants bored. Can Morty and Katrina return enchantment to Earth along with the Zorgles or Zorgamazoo? (my own description from an assignment of all places!)

Weston channeled both Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein to create this fun adventure. Within twenty pages I knew I had to own this book.  It's perfect if you're feeling energetic or want to feel energetic.  The rhythm of the text makes fast-paced sections feel as urgent as they should, while still not feeling like a race to get to the end.

To avoid the gush-fest that is attempting to burst forth from my fingertips, I'm going to simply end with a very adamant you should read this book.  Giggles are guaranteed, especially if you read it out loud. 

It's also won the 2010 Silver Birch Award (Ontario Library Association) and is an E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor book for 2009.
Disclosure: I purchased this book for my own reading enjoyment (after I borrowed it through inter-library loan).
I thought I had already published this!  It's the end of the semester, so I'm a bit scattered.  My apologies. Things should return to normal Sunday.

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