|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.