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Title:
Delivery of doom
Author:
Yaccarino, Dan, author, illustrator.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2014.

©2014
Physical Description:
318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
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. Luno is joined by his best friend Clive, a super smart, talking clove of garlic, and Chooch, a not so smart, talking pizza oven. Their deliveries are often dangerous (try landing on a fire planet) and sometimes frustrating. All Luno wants to do is help his dad keep the family business afloat. He realizes that the owner of Quantum Pizza wants the Zorgoochi family recipe, and only Luno can protect it.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250008442
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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.

Luno is joined by his best friend Clive, a super-smart, talking clove of garlic, and Chooch, a not-so-smart, talking pizza oven. Their deliveries are often dangerous (try landing on a fire planet) and sometimes frustrating. All Luno wants to do is help his dad keep the family business afloat. He realizes that the owner of Quantum Pizza wants the Zorgoochi family recipe, and only Luno can protect it.


Author Notes

Artist and freelance illustrator Dan Yaccarino graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1987.

Yaccarino's work has appeared in periodicals such as Rolling Stone, Playboy and New York magazine. AT&T, Mount Gay Rum, Gardenburger and other companies have used his images and illustrations in their advertising.

In 1993, Yaccarino published his first children's book, Big Brother Mike, and has since written or illustrated almost twenty more children's books.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

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.--Rutan, Lynn Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Pizza delivery has never been as dangerous or exciting as in this whimsical first novel from author-illustrator Yaccarino (Doug Unplugged), in which Luno, the scion of an ancient and respected pizza-making family, faces an enemy bent on taking over the pizza industry for an entire galaxy. To stop the dreaded Vlactron, Luno must travel through time, master the Zorgoochi Pizza Toss, learn the Whey of Life, and locate the long-hidden Golden Anchovy. Luno's allies are a neurotic, sentient pizza oven and a hyper-intelligent mutated garlic clove, while his enemies include deadly calamari, legions of enslaved insects, and a fleet of heavily armed pizza delivery ships. Cheap jokes and bad puns fly fast and furious (at one point, Luno meets the Mozzarella Monks, practitioners of Tai Cheese) as Yaccarino cooks up an action-packed slice with everything on it, including the anchovies. The humor is decidedly goofy, but the story's charming sincerity makes it a delight. Yaccarino's loose, cartoony illustrations appear throughout, and the characters' exaggerated features and gangly limbs befit the frenetic, action-adventure plot. Ages: 8-12. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

CHAPTER ONE Six Years Later "Vake up , boy!" Roog shouted, smacking Luno on the head with his metal claw as he tried to toss pizza dough in the air. "No good enough!" barked Roog. " Again! " Just like every morning, Luno tried to perfect the famous Zorgoochi Pizza Toss, and just like every morning, it was far from perfect. At least this time it didn't stick to the ceiling. "I have trained all Zorgoochi for last two hundred year," barked Roog, "and you are vorst of all! Again! " Even though he could barely feel his arms, Luno tried again. And again and again and again and again . Luno began to think he wasn't a Zorgoochi after all. Maybe there was a mix-up at the hospital and the real Luno Zorgoochi went home with another family and was out there somewhere tossing pizza dough perfectly. And what would Dad think? How could Luno ever take over Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza with a crummy pizza toss? In his zeal to master the Zorgoochi Pizza Toss, Luno went as far as to invent a pair of Memory Gloves, which he had his father wear when he tossed pizza dough. Once the microscopic circuitry recorded the movements of Geo's nimble fingers, then all Luno had to do was slip them on and the gloves would do all the work. Unfortunately, the Memory Gloves malfunctioned and tried to strangle Luno. "Your fazzer, he master Zorgoochi Pizza Toss vhen he vas ten !" Roog growled. "You cannot take over pizzeria unlezz you do Toss perfek !" Roog shook his head in disgust. He had helped train every generation of Luno's family to make pizza since Solaro hired him, and from then on, he sort of came with the place. Luno had no idea how old Roog was, where he came from, or anything else about him other than he had a prosthetic metal claw from being wounded in the Great Pizza War of Deep Dish vs. Thin Crust, and liked to yell at him. Every morning before school, Roog trained Luno in the basics of pizza making, including the dozens of hand signals, like baseball catchers used, to identify the different kinds of pizzas, as well as how to hold your breath underwater long enough to pick a bushel of Sea Garlic in the kitchen tank without drowning. Every day after school Luno wrestled Cosmic Calamari, deflated Plutonian Pufferfish, and shucked giant snapping Space Clams, which was bad enough, but he also had a seafood allergy and had to wear a protective suit to handle them or he'd swell up like one of those Pufferfish he popped every day. However, Luno still wasn't entirely sure how dodging flying pizza cutters, walking across hot coals, or taking apart and reassembling a pizza oven blindfolded had anything to do with making pizza. "You call dis meatball, boy?" shouted Roog as he pelted Luno with meatballs with microscopic imperfections. "Your grandfazzer Pomodoro, he made perfek meatball no vun could bear eet, they ver so beautiful! Again! " As Luno attempted to make perfect spheres of ground meat, he daydreamed about what it would be like to play sports, be in the school band, or just not have to work at his parent's pizzeria every morning and afternoon, and now that school was over, for the entire summer. But his reverie was cut short by a strange feeling on his leg. Luno looked down and his spine froze. A Saturnian Sausage with a hungry look in its eye was slithering up his pant leg! "Vhat are doing , zilly boy?" Roog bellowed. "Dat zausage iz about to keel you! Dere is no time to be afraid!" Luno pulled the sausage off and whipped it into a massive bubbling pot of Zorgoochi special tomato sauce. "Maybe I forget to lock cage, eh?" Roog chuckled. "It vas accident, I tink." Roog seemed to have lots of "accidents," but only when no one else other than Luno was around. No matter how many times Luno complained, his parents never believed him. Once, Roog "accidentally" knocked Luno into the laundry dryer and he was left spinning for an hour until his mother discovered him tangled up with the aprons. Another time, Roog "absentmindedly" locked him in the walk-in cryogenic freezer for two days. Luno had to keep moving or he would've been frozen solid. It took a whole week for his eyebrows to defrost. Luno had the sneaking suspicion that Roog was trying to kill him. One thing Roog didn't yell at Luno about was his sense of smell. In fact, Luno was his school's Smelling Bee champ five years in a row. Roog threw Luno into a chair and blindfolded him. Then he passed different herbs under his nose. "Basil!" Luno said. "Parsley, sage, cayenne pepper--ah- choo !" Then Roog waved another leaf under Luno's nose. "Erba Zorgoochus." Luno smiled. Roog pulled the blindfold off. "Not bad. You inherited nose from great-great-great-great-great-grandfazzer Solaro," Roog grunted. "A nose like his only happens every six generation. You are lucky, boy." When Luno was younger and Roog told him that, he thought Roog only meant that he had a nose that was as super-sensitive as Solaro's, but now that he was thirteen, it was starting to look like he also inherited a nose as big as his ancestor's. It also had its drawbacks. No matter how hard they tried, his parents were never able to successfully throw him a surprise birthday party because he could always smell the cake before he saw it. "Okay, boy," Roog said. "Time to make de pizza." Copyright © 2014 by Dan Yaccarino Excerpted from Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom by Dan Yaccarino All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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