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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,925 ratings  ·  468 reviews
Zorgamazoo is the story of an adventurous girl; a mysterious creature; a bizarre lottery; a secret map; an alien world; some outrageous kidnappings; and a sport that brings together the finer points of cricket, swimming and chess. It also has lobotomies. In short, it's about saving the universe from boredom. And it rhymes—all 280 pages worth.
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Razorbill
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Robert Paul Weston's "Zorgamazoo"
is poetry, page-turner and lots of fun too

This is a book that you must read aloud
whether by yourself or amongst a small crowd

You'll love all the characters and the plot is surreal
(Coming up with these rhymes is no easy deal)

I can only imagine the pains Weston took,
to be sure that this wasn't just any old book.

What an adventure! It's funny! It's swell!
With Morty the Zorgle and Katrina Katrell.

What's a Zorgle, you ask and where's Zorgamazoo?
I want you to read it, I
Monica Edinger
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, poetry
This is one of the more unique books I've read in the last year. Zorgamazoo is done completely in verse, Dr.Seuss/Roald Dahl-sort-of-verse. All of it. All 281 pages of it. Terrific verse, mind you. Versifier Robert Paul Weston manages to beautifully sustain a voice, a tone, a style, and a beat throughout. Given that he is also telling a story --- building a setting, atmosphere, developing characters, and moving a plot along --- it is really quite impressive. The story is fantasy, macabre, silly ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful. (And a great aid when you're translating a children's book. ;)

It has its darker passages, too--definitely not young children territory. Consider:

In his hand were the blades of his wicked device,
especially made to puncture and slice.
In the lamplight it flashed with a sinister gleam,
like the teeth of a beast in a hideous dream.
He raised up his Mincer, holding it high.
“I shall enter,” he said, “just here, by your eye.
So don’t move a muscle, or you may feel some pain,
because now,
Kris Patrick
Feb 21, 2015 marked it as abandoned
At the risk of sounding blasphemous, I don't particularly enjoy reading aloud Dr. Seuss. Silently I'm thinking, omg!, when will this be over? Now imagine reading a 282 page book with the zany rhyming cadence of Dr. Seuss. I couldn't take it anymore.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the adventure, and the Dr. Seuss like rhyming is great!
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Mother/Daughter Book Club selection for February 2010. Sam & I are NOT enjoying this book! It is way too graphic and violent for a kids book. Even though most of the violence ends up being imaginary, the images are still very real and scary. I am not impressed! ... The ending turned out okay, and the moral was good. But overall not a book that I would choose or recommend, especially for kids! ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for the reading group I lead in my youngest's class. Love, love, love this book! It's like a Dr. Seuss book for big kids. The entire story is in prose. I also checked out the audiobook and it's read by Alan Cumming in his native accent--awesome!
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I actually read this book out loud to my boys, and they actually listened. I loved the Dr. Seuss style that it was writen in.
Very cute!
Fantastic read aloud to my 9 year old daughter. The whole story is written in rhyme, sort of like Dr. Suess for older kids. The storyline was great and my daughter and I had a lot of fun reading it together. 4 stars!

Read #2- I still love this book because it’s a 300 page Children’s book written in rhyme. The author’s ability to use this poetic writing for such a long story and keep the reader interested is fascinating. The use of typeset to model how the character is speaking, for example of a c
Ana Calabresi
I just finished reading this book and it's AMAZING! This is one of those books you just can't stop reading. The writing is delightful, beautifully and incredibly written in rhymes from page 1 to page 282. Each chapter is full of adventure, you're always on the edge of your seat. It has the perfect mixture of fantasy, surprise and excitement you need in a children's book.
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cool book! If you like Roald Dahl and/or Dr. Seuss, you'll probably like "Zorgamazoo."
Justyn Rampa
This was technically the first book we read to Ozzy once he was in utero and could hear as detailed in my first review below. We decided to read this as a bedtime book for Ozzy around Halloween, as it is a bit spooky, and we all loved it again.

Subsequently, Alison had the idea to pause at the last word of a line so that Ozzy could guess what the word was based on the rhyme. This actually ended up being an amazing test that Ozzy fared quite well at. He didn't always know the exact word (because
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So creative! A whole novel written in rhyme! Loved it.
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
The zorgles of Zorgamazoo are missing and it is up to Katrina Katrell and Morty, a zorgle himself, to save them! The good guys in this book are imagination and wonder and the bad guys aren’t scary creatures but rather humans that have forgotten about the how to use their imaginations. Katrina Katrell and Morty travel to the planet Graybalon-Four, where more creatures than they could have ever imagined, were being held captive by the Graylians. Readers are left with a sense of awe and a true happ ...more
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you’re searching to find a cleverly book,
then Zorgamzoo deserves a really good look.
It has ogres and pixies and fantastical creatures,
With horns on their heads and other such features.
Katrina Katrell, an imaginative girl,
has fled from Mrs. Krabone in a really big whirl.
She meets up with Mortimer, a zorgel for sure,
His last name is Yorgel out on an adventure quite pure.
He is hunting lost Zorgels who were gone in the night,
With Winnie the beast who is a terrible sight.
The Zorgels have been capt
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a battle of the books book for 3rd grade. I read this out loud to my kids.
The story was cute but it gets two stars because it exposed parenting weaknesses. I'd read a page and Fred would interrupt, "I have no idea what is happening." And I'd respond with, "Are you even listening?! How dumb are you?" (Not really. But close.) And then I'd summarize what I'd just read, which wasn't much due to all the filler words necessary to create limericks. He just could not follow the rhyming. And th
Deanna Day
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Fantasy verse novel--Reminds me of Dr. Seuss and actually is the best verse novel I have ever read. It is an adventure story about a girl named Katrina and a zorgle named Mortimer who are looking for zorgamazoo. I love how the font, type face changed plus the illustrations are fabulous. Awesome book that I know kids would enjoy. Very easy read too.
All that rhyming rather grated on my nerves. I felt like I had to read a never ending wedding toast presented in lyric form by a well-meaning, but amateurish best friend or relative. Do I have to clap enthusiastically?
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
A fun adventure, written entirely in verse. Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein and complete with monsters, bad guys, good guys, danger, and, of course, a happy ending. An enjoyable romp.
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
VERY entertaining! It was whimsical and dark and a real page-turner.
Well wow, this book was just so much fun to find yourself reading it aloud or wanting to and it just makes you smile to go into the world of the Zorgles and all the wacky craziness you get in this gem of a novel. Honestly I think all children should read this book as a requirement for imagination and reading enjoyment—think Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein all mashed up in an adventure epic along the A Christmas Carol told entirely in rhyming verse for about 283 pages and you ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I read this book titled Zorgamazoo. It's been around awhile - it's not new.
This book has been out since 2008. Don't know how I missed it. It's great!
The theme is the power of creativity and imagination. The imagery and characters created fascination.
It was so uplifting and inspiring. Mr. Weston's writing I am admiring.
I think this would make an epic movie directed by Tim Burton. It would be a mega hit - of that I am certain.
This wonderful book I recommend you read. Then be sure to leave your
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A whole novel written in rhyme! This book is so popular with kids in Grade 3-7, I can't keep it on the library shelves. Also a great aloud (although I have to make an effort to avoid using a singsong-y voice that can happen while reading poems). 2010 Silverbirch Award winner.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fast easy read about a young girl, her wild imagination and the characters she’s meets along the way. In rhyming format this would make for a fantastic read-aloud or mentor text while teaching figurative language/authors craft in ELA.
Amy Cler
its an really good book its about an girl named katrina katrell go on an adventure. i really recomend it
Claudia Maye
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, and/or Shel Silverstein this is a book for you. This is a silly adventure book all in rhyming verse!! A little girl and her new friend Morty the Zorgle go off to find the missing Zorgles of Zorgamazoo, but they never anticipated the adventure they would have.
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
My first impression was—Tim Burton Meets Dr. Seuss! Cool and clever. It was a touch of dark, a touch of heart, a touch of bizarre, and a touch of nonsense. I was fully impressed by Robert’s MAD rhyming skills. Either he is a natural at it or he worked exhaustingly hard. I found it invigorating and addictive. I have to admit, I could not stop rhyming afterwards, in my head and outloud. The font changed in size, style, and the layout which complimented the story as well. Overall It was impeccable, ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did it! I read this book.

Now you're thinking that it isn't such a big deal to read a children's book. It could take most readers a day or two, but I had the nuttiest inspiration to read this book out loud to myself. I do not live alone and I could only read this when there was nobody around. Plus I could not read for very long periods of times because my throat would start to hurt. Needless to say, it took me a while to read this. I could have pushed myself and read every day, but I didn't, p
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mommy is using this as a "read-aloud" reward for good behavior. "It says on the sticker right on the cover that this book won READ-ALOUD awards and, thus, is best if parents read aloud to kids." :) After all, would you really want to know what happens to Katrina Katrell when the lobotomy doctor finally catches up with her when you're reading by yourself under the covers in the middle of the night?!?! No? Didn't think so... Do your homework and maybe we'll have time for one more chapter before be ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a bit of nonsense & doesn't take life too seriously
An amazing book overall! The best part? The entire book rhymes! From cover to cover it’s a rhyming frenzy!

This is a great book for anyone who likes a bit of nonsense. It was written for children and young teens but it is a great read for everyone! Either way, this book is a fabulous book for all ages.

It is 283 pages and 20 chapters chalked full of amazing! Personally, it only took me about 4 hours to read but it’s perfect for someone looking for a book to just sit back and relax. This book is
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“Here is 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.

I’ll warn you, of course, before we commence,
my story is eerie and full of suspense,
brimming with danger and narrow escapes,
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He slid down his bars to the mesh of the floor,
feeling even more gloomy than ever before.
Katrina went over to offer some cheer,
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