Plot: Katrina’s parents have left her and now she must stay with her guardian Mrs. Krabone. One day Katrina see a monster in the subway tunnel and when she tells Mrs. Krabone, she does not believe her and decides that Katrine needs her brain fixed because she is just not right in the head. Katrina escapes and runs into Morty, a Zorgle. Katrina discovers that is was Morty in the subway that she saw. Although Zorgles may look frightening, they are actually gentle creatures. Morty informs Katrina that he has been set with the task of finding the missing Zorgles of Zorgamazoo. So, Morty and Katrine set out together on the adventure of their lives in hopes of discovering what happened to the other Zorgles.
Review: After Katrina’s guardian, Mrs. Krabone, threatens to fix her brain she runs away only to run into Morty, a Zorgle. All of the Zorgles of Zorgamazoo have gone missing and Morty has been appointed to find them. Katrina decides to help out Morty and they end up on an exciting and dangerous adventure to the last place they expected to end up. Weston has created an absolute masterpiece with Zorgamazoo. The entire book is written in one giant rhyming poem. The words just flow off of your tongue and it makes reading this book allowed an easy thing to do, and utterly fun. Not only does it rhyme, but certain words mimic what they are saying: “big” is in huge letters, and “small” is in tiny letter. “winding path” is done in a curving pattern. There are black and white illustrations to go along with the story, as well. Children will love reading this book.
Reading Level/Interest Level: 5.1/5-8 graders
Similar Materials: Dr. Seuss’ works, Shel Silverstein’s works.
Reader’s Advisory: I have to say this was one of the most fun books I have ever read. The text just flows right off of your tongue. It won the Silver Birch Award soon after it came out. I would recommend this book to any tween who is looking for a fun adventure not just with the story but in their mouths.