Jimmy Zangwow's out-of-this-world Moon Pie Adventure
“Tony DiTerlizzi paints like a very, very twisted Norman Rockwell” – Amazon.com
“Children will see the galaxy in a whole new light after this wild flight” – Publisher’s Weekly
“It’s no surprise that the author collects toys nor that the motto on an opening page reads ‘Never Abandon Imagination’”– Children’s Book Review
Jimmy Zangwow loves his Moon Pies. His mom holds the key to the Moon Pie stash, though – and she says no treats before dinner! If only Jimmy could fly to the moon to get his own Moon Pies…
How far would you go to get your favorite snack?
A lad’s quest for a classic snack takes him to distant corners of the universe in this retro-flavored, roller coaster picture book debut. When Mom rejects his plea for a moon pie, Jimmy soars off into space in his homemade race car/rocket ship, taking on a thousand moon pies from the Man in the Moon, dipping gallons of milk from the Milky Way, then reluctantly but gamely sharing it all, after a crash landing, with 999 hungry Martians and a peckish monster with a loudly rumbling tummy. In red cowboy boots and aviator goggles, sporting freckles and a gap toothed grin, Jimmy looks like a living Howdy Doody, with his jalopy, made from crates and buggy wheels, the Martians, who look like tops with bright blue heads, and other features of his elaborately detailed surroundings of like vintage. In the end, Martians and monster repay Jimmy’s generosity by constructing a moon pie wrapper balloon that floats him home in time for dinner (Brussels-sprout-noodle-bean casserole) and, (yes!) guess what for dessert. DiTerlizzi pays visual homage to a gallery of illustrators from Arthur Rackham to Mercer Mayer, and gives his intrepid protagonist an infectious look of wide-eyed excitement. Tempt fans of David Wiesner’s Sector 7 (1999) and William Joyce’s books with this high-flying, lip-smacking adventure. (Picture book. 7-9)