Conversation with Robert Paul Weston

Monday, April 13, 2009.

Among the many jobs he’s held is trampolinist, lifeguard, computer programmer, English teacher and editor. He’s written short stories and scripts, and his book Zorgamazoo — 283 pages of flawless rhyme — was one of thirty books chosen by the Children’s Literature Assembly as as a notable book for 2009.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Robert Paul Weston talks to Mark about his long history with marble tracks, writing an entire book in rhyming accentual verse and the publishing industry’s reaction to it, and the emotional connection readers experience with Zorgamazoo.

Exciting news!!! Zorgamazoo is on the E. B. White Read Aloud Award shortlist (official information).

Relevant links:

Rhyme Is The New Prose: Zorgamazoo (A Novel in Rhyme)

Friday, February 20, 2009.

ZorgamazooAuthor: Robert Paul Weston (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Victor Rivas (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 RazorBill (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1595141995

Two hundred and eighty three pages of flawless rhyme whisk us through joy, sorrow, suspense, giggles, bliss, shock and triumph in this beautifully illustrated and designed adventure in friendship, self-discovery and the power of engagement.

Other books mentioned:

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Bolstered by Zorgamazoo: An unusual post

Thursday, February 12, 2009.

ZorgamazooToday was a tough day.

But spending the evening reading aloud Zorgamazoo, Robert Paul Weston‘s incredibly uplifting, completely rhyming adventure novel, has actually whisked me away from the torment of reality.

So I’m stepping briefly out of our Just One More Book! grid to share with you a much-needed rallying cry from the reluctant (furry) hero of this fabulously sweet and exciting adventure:

“Now, sometimes you lose and sometimes you win,
but my Pop always told me: You never give in!
And if he were here now, I know what he’d say:
Morty, my son, when you’re caught in a fray,

or your travels are tough and the going is rough,
or you’re up to your neck in the slippery stuff,
or say some old robots are on the attack,
then I tell you, my son: You start fighting back!”

I’m not fighting back, literally, but I am bolstered. So Thank you, Morty. And thanks to Robert Paul Weston for this great rhyming ride.



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