|Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza : delivery of doom|
Author: Yaccarino, Dan
When Luno's dad finally gives him the responsibility of delivering pizza orders all over the galaxy, Luno is excited, mostly. He knows that delivering pizza is no walk on the moon. There are hostile customers, and there's always the threat of his deliveries being intercepted by Quantum Pizza, the fast-growing chain restaurant that will do anything to put indies like Zorgoochi Intergalactic out of business.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.20
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 170147
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/14)
School Library Journal (08/01/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2014 Gr 4–7—Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza has been a leading force in pasta innovation for more than 1000 years, from volcano-powered ovens to zero-gravity delivery boxes. Luno, 12, longs to continue the family tradition, but so far his inventions have been notably unsuccessful. Moreover, all of the family-run pizzerias of the galaxy are in trouble. The members of the independent Pizza Pyramid association strive to deliver fresh, hot food to hungry beings on far-flung worlds, but they are being overwhelmed by a giant chain operation. Quantum Pizza is undercutting their prices with cheap gimmicks and synthetic ingredients. Worse, the evil conglomerate is intercepting their ships and stealing their orders. When Luno sets out on his first interplanetary delivery run, he knows that the Zorgoochi family livelihood depends on a successful voyage. Unfortunately, the route includes stops on sizzling fire planets, frozen ice worlds, and a place where the carnivorous customers would rather eat him than the pizza—all the while dodging Quantum Pizza's laser-laden delivery rockets. Then Luno discovers that Quantum's megalomaniac CEO has bigger plans than just taking over the pizza trade. Vlactron is looking for the legendary Golden Anchovy that has the power to control the galaxy—and he believes that Luno can lead him to it. This wacky space adventure is stuffed with pizza puns and science-fiction allusions. Yaccarino's cartoons of weird space creatures, from robo-onions to the Yoda-esque Mozzarella Monks, are especially amusing. Similar in style to Jon Scieszka's "Time-Warp Trio" series (Puffin), but for a slightly older audience, this is a good choice for science-fiction fans with a taste for off-the-wall humor.—Elaine E. Knight, formerly at Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 09/15/2014 The Zorgoochi family make the best pizza in the universe, but now they, like all the pizza businesses, are fighting to survive the cutthroat tactics of megachain Quantum Pizza. Desperate to help, Luno Zorgoochi sets out on his first intergalactic pizza delivery with his two friends: Clive, a superintelligent mutant clove of garlic, and Chooch, a whiny, 32-galactic-ton pizza oven. Before they can say “Saturnian Sausage,” the trio is knee-deep in homicidal fungi, pizza-order poachers, and Mozzarella Monks. Can Luno stand the heat, rescue his dad, and defeat the evil Vlactron? This is picture-book-creator Yaccarino’s first middle-grade novel, and it comes with everything; aliens, robots, time travel, and wormholes are just the beginning. There are a few too many recaps, and the story goes on a bit too long, but the splendid silliness carries the day. The humor is perfectly attuned to the intended audience, and the cliff-hanger twist at the end will have them phoning in for the next order—er, installment. Yaccarino’s hilarious illustrations are the final delicious topping. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.