The Magical Land of Noom

The Magical Land of Noom by Johnny Gruelle.
Originally published by P.F. Volland, 1992.
This edition published by Books of Wonder/William Morrow & Company, 1998.


The girls and I are still reading the L. Frank Baum Oz books, but recently, I read another old fantasy book for children.  In fact, this one was inspired by Oz and received the same lovely treatment by Books of Wonder.

The Magical Land of Noom was written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle, best known as the creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy.  (We love Raggedy Ann and Andy.)


 "Noom," by the way, is "moon" spelled backwards.  Johnny and Janey build a Flying Machine that surprises them by really flying!  Suddenly, they have zoomed to the moon.  It's the side of the moon no one on Earth can see.  It's Noom!



There are some lovely magical elements, reminiscent of Oz:  lemonade streams, mushrooms that taste like cake, along with some scarier elements.  Lucky for our duo, Gran'ma and Gran'pa construct their own flying machine and join them in their adventures.







Comments

  1. OMG I must must must read this book! It somehow reminds me of the "The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen" with the travel to the moon. The fantasy element seems really fun in this book and I somehow thought of "Howl's Moving Castle". Definitely on my To READ book!

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    1. The moon stuff reminded me of Munchhausen, too, although this is very different in tone. It's a very simple story, but fun!

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  2. YOU ARE THE LUCKIEST. Oh you HAVE this??! OOOOOOOOOOH! Oh how I want this! Oh I do! Fabulous. getting asap. I never got the noom-moon thing before until you pointed that out!

    Don't you love Gruelle's descriptions of food growing on trees and bushes?? I LOVE that.

    Oh this is too wonderful.

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    1. Alas, I found it by accident at the library. I've enjoyed it very much! It doesn't look like this! (If you can't find a 1920s copy, of course...) ;o)

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  3. This looks AMAZING! I pinned it so I can track it down someday.

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    1. I would love to have a keeper copy myself. I totally just stumbled into it at the library. I love those accidental finds!

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  4. I've put up a Kindle edition on Amazon. E-books can be a great way to get a cheap copy of a classic book with beautiful illustrations.

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    1. Thanks, Kristen! I don't have a Kindle myself, but that's great news for my fellow readers with Kindles! :o)

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