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The Magical Land of Noom (Books of Wonder) Johnny Gruelle

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ISBN 10: 068814117X / ISBN 13: 9780688141172
Condition: Collectible; Acceptable Hardcover
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[FIRST EDITION} Chicago: M. A. Donohue, 1922. Hardback in pictorial boards. 157 pages illustrated with line-drawings throughout. About good only condition: lacks 1/2 spine strip; 10 (of 12) plates; scattered scribbling, hinge weak, edgewear, otherwise complete, NOT EX-LIBRARY. (shelf2). Bookseller Inventory # 0208W229466

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Title: The Magical Land of Noom (Books of Wonder) ...

Binding: Apr 24, 1998

Book Condition:Collectible; Acceptable

Edition: 1st Edition

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Come on a high-flying adventure with Johnny and Janey as they travel from their own backyard to the mysterious enchanted kingdom they discover on the other side of the moon.
When Johnny and Janey build their Flying Machine out of some old boards and wooden spools, the last thing they expect is for it to actually take off! But that's just what happens, and before they know it, they're soaring high above the clouds on their way to the Magical Land of Noom.
Filled with such wonders as mushrooms that taste of ginger cake and flowing springs of lemonade, Noom seems like a paradise to the children. But the lemonade springs belong to the wicked magician Old jingles, who has kidnapped the beautiful Princess of Nite .
Setting out to rescue the princess and return her to her throne, Johnny and Janey are aided by the many friends they find in Noom, including the kind and gentle Soft-Voiced Cow, the spirited Fun Boys, and the exuberant Mr. Tiptoe and his miraculous umbrella. But can this intrepid band defeat the wily Old Jingles and all his tricks?
Johnny Gruelle -- who introduced the world to Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, everyone's favorite rag dolls -- is the creator of this stirring, heartwarming tale. Filled with gentle wisdom and delightful whimsy, it is a wonderful introduction to the boundless imagination and loving spirit of Johnny Gruelle.

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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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