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   Magical Land of Noom, The, by Johnny Gruelle  
  Novel, first publication in April 1922 , latest edition in April 1998
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      Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938)--much-loved creator of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy--started his career as a newspaper cartoonist. Inspired by the charm, wit, and commercial success of L. Frank Baum's Oz books, Gruelle created this magical adventure in 1922. This extraordinary, riveting story begins when Johnny and Janey decide to build a Flying Machine and head to the moon. Much to their surprise, their flight of fancy actually takes flight! They end up on the side of the moon that doesn't face Earth, the Magical Land of Noom (moon backwards). The adventure begins in a field of giant mushrooms that taste like cake, and the trouble begins when a scary, wicked old man named Jingles the Magician orders Johnny and Janey to stay away from his lemonade spring. As the story unfolds, we discover that Jingles has kidnapped the beautiful Princess of Nite, and the kids and their grandparents set out to return her to the throne. Along the way they meet the spirited Faun Boys, the Soft-Voiced Cow, and the exuberant Mr. Tiptoe. Lavishly illustrated with Gruelle's fantastic paintings and line drawings, this gorgeous reissue of the 1922 classic will be welcomed by imaginative young readers and nostalgic adults, too! (Ages 9 to 12).


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