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Zorgamazoo Reviews


“...a natural descendant of the works of Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl while hewing close to the droll atmospherics of Edward Gorey and Lemony Snicket.”

—Booklist (starred; top ten debut of 2008)

“Zorgamazoo is one of the most exciting children's books to hit the shelves in a long time. First time novelist Robert Paul Weston's poetic dexterity is unparalleled and his extraordinary story is complemented by whimsical pen and ink illustrations from Spanish artist Victor Rivas...If you're looking for a novel that is sure to excite young audiences about reading and writing, Zorgamazoo is it.”

—Canadian Children's Book News

“Zorgamazoo is a story rich in clever wordplay, unusual characters, and fantastic circumstances...The book’s illustrations are reminiscent of the oval-eyed, twiggish vulnerability of Tim Burton’s creations, and the details of the story traverse some of the same dark territory.”

—Quill & Quire

“There's something infectious, contagious, sublime / about a 280-plus-page novel written completely in rhyme.”

—The Globe and Mail

“...dark and funny and very surprising. Plus, the book is just begging to be read aloud! The deftly written rhyming couplets positively roll off the tongue...Add to the amazingly written rhymes some charming illustrations reminscient of Edward Gorey, and you’ve got one heckuva fun adventure told entirely through poetry. Very cool!”

- DPL Kids Blog

“Two hundred and eighty three pages of flawless rhyme whisk us through joy, sorrow, suspense, giggles, bliss, shock and triumph in this beautifully illustrated and designed adventure in friendship, self-discovery and the power of engagement.”

—Just One More Book

“If you can imagine the spawn of the Harry Potter series and Dr. Seuss’s “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket,” you are on the right track to understanding the magical, hilarious whiz-bang creativity of Zorgamazoo.”

—Tegan, Queen Anne Books (Seattle)

“A well-constructed story with fully realized characters and plenty of humor. The rhyme is almost flawless...Fancifully frightening illustrations and typographical trickery create an inviting visual package.”

—The Horn Book Magazine

“Weston’s debut fantasy in rhymed verse is at once silly and gross. If Seuss and Dahl collaborated early in their careers, something similar might have resulted...Snicket fans and reluctant readers not afraid of a peek at verse will likely feel right at home.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Readers can make text-to-text connections to other quest stories such as Alice in Wonderland and even Homer’s Iliad...What a wonderful way to re-awaken the enchantment of the imagination for readers — young and old!”

—CM Magazine

“Weston maintains the rhythm and energy of sing-song rhyming couplets throughout the tale and holds his audience’s interest with suspense and dashes of humor. Give this one to readers who enjoy a little nonsense.”

—School Library Journal

“Written entirely in rhyme, this hilarious, suspenseful and enormously creative story is brilliant!”

—Schenectady Gazette