This is a story about being Odd. A monster named Oddzilla, to be precise, who dreams of being normal. Even worse, he crawled from a pot of Anything Soup. It’s his first day of being monstrous, and he has been rejected both by people and the other monsters. He converses with the Moon and a Library, who further reject him. While trying to find his place in the world, he gets kicked out of Welcome for being too weird. Then things really get odd!
A gang of pirates nab Oddzilla for their traveling Monster Carnival. He thought he had problems, but that’s where his troubles truly begin . . . with the evil Captain Snydely Wick and Morris Crudd, as well as his fellow oddballs and oddities who compete to be the oddest. Until he meets his Number One Fan.
Lori R. Lopez — author of The Dark Mister Snark, The Fairy Fly, An Ill Wind Blows and more — has created an “oddyssey” of wordplay and wit for all ages. The Strange Tail Of Oddzilla presents an absurd fable bursting with whimsy and melancholy and puns. In fact, the main character is practically a pun, isn’t he? There probably isn’t a sensible word in it either, so it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to read this book.
If you feel you must, you can also look for an Illustrated Print Edition with very unusual artwork by the author.
The Strange Tail Of Oddzilla received Honorable Mentions for Best Cover, Best Illustrations, Best Humor from the 2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.
Hardcover: Case Laminate
Paperback: 281 Pages, 8″ x 10″
E-Book: 29,198 Words
Age Range: All ages.
A book’s voice is softer than a whisper. It can also resonate in your head, bouncing around, converted into thoughts and word paintings. It might even sculpt monumental ideas in your mind, engraving the grandest of quotes or etching cute phrases you cherish. It can stomp inside your brain and stamp a deep set of tracks, embedding the footprints of indelible pictures and notions.
~ from The Strange Tail Of Oddzilla
The fiends dubbed him Brothy and Stewy, Chowder and Gumbo. Their taunting made him simmer, being of a sensitive nature, and he sloshed away in a lachrymose trail of despair. Drop by drop, his sorrowful gait solidified.
~ from The Strange Tail Of Oddzilla
Oddzilla didn’t mean to upset the Moon. He hadn’t realized that anyone else could have it more difficult than he did. The lesson taught him to take nothing for granted. And there were always lessons to be learned. And some things happened for a reason. And there weren’t silver linings behind every cloud; it might be the Moon. And he wasn’t special, even if he stood out and was one of a kind.
~ from The Strange Tail Of Oddzilla
Some fables are told for the very young, while other tales are for the tall in age, and then there are stories that shoot for the years between, but this is for large and small and all the rest, as long as you have two ears. Well, even one will do, or how about a pair of eyes? A single orb would be fine, in fact. Or at least a mind. Everyone has a brain, right? Unless you’re a scarecrow, I guess. You’re not, are you? I have nothing against scarecrows, regardless if you are or you aren’t one. It’s hunky-dory and okey-dokey if strawfolks follow the best they can: skipping and tripping. But try not to rustle, it could distract.
Where was I?
Some stories are so short they fit neatly in your pocket like lint and spare buttons, or the mysterious white packets you should never consume. They’re called pocketbooks. This isn’t one of those. Others develop teeth and nails and tails and flounce away to eat Pittsburgh! This is that one — the story with an appetite. We just don’t know for what . . . (It isn’t Pittsburgh.)
A note to children:
Unless an encyclopedia is your choice of a bedtime story, you probably won’t be able to read all of these words yet. My advice is to keep trying until you can, like riding a bike. Ask someone older and more experienced for help when you stumble or don’t understand. Never give up! It takes a lot of practice to read this well. I will do my best to simplify and summarize it for you here and there, interpreting the gist.
For the youngest, listen as someone bigger tells you Oddzilla’s incredibly quirky “tail” (which is, in truth, the most normal thing about him) and enjoy what you may. That is how stories were told before there were books — in other words and aloud. Fairytales are still told by many different tongues.
(From the Illustrated Print Edition. Printed in black and white.)
Honors & Praise
“THE STRANGE TAIL OF ODDZILLA: Something for Everyone by Lori R. Lopez is such an imaginative story! The idea of Oddzilla is fascinating and I believe that many young readers will relate to him and his adventures and situations that he gets into. The author shows the reader how to deal with the fact that everyone is a little different in many ways. The writing was solid and I liked the humor that the author added in throughout the pages, however, I do worry of the tone of the story is too adult and mature for younger readers. There were moments where I felt the author was aiming more toward the adult reader rather than focusing on trying to attract the middle grade reader. I loved the illustrations throughout the book and would stop to really enjoy them and look at every detail. . . . Overall, funny writing. Fun concept. Great art.”
Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
“Lori Lopez brings zany humor with a bit of spook to her novels. She gets the balance right. It is a wonderful story with a great message for all ages to hear. Read it and enjoy her illustrations! She is one of those rare writers with a great literary voice that we will one day all hear about.”
Diana DeJesus, Kindle Nook & Book Club
“Unique and imaginative: Excellent imagination and writing!”
A. Keith Eaton III
About The Author & Artist
Lori R. Lopez was born on a jellybean farm in Wisconsin. At least, that’s the official rumored version, but nobody can say for sure except that she was born somewhere. Probably somewhere else, where she isn’t now. The truth might be in the pudding, after all. And she does like pudding, but with coconut milk because she was once hit on the head by a coconut and then ate it.
Today she writes with invisible ink so nobody can steal her ideas, but then she forgets what she wrote and has to start over. That’s why she mumbles a lot about being late and behind schedule. Her memory really isn’t very good. It’s too bad she can’t get a new one. They haven’t invented that yet. When they do, she will be first in line. Or maybe last in line because she is often late for things. All she really knows for certain about her writing is that some of the words rhyme some of the time. Like that.
The author has also been doing artwork since caves had walls. Some of it is quite famous. You just can’t see it because she uses invisible finger-paint or ink. Not all finger-paint is made from fingers; she only uses coconut finger-paint from the same tree that once conked her. Or maybe it bonked her. The rest was herstory but it’s Top Secret so keep it under your tophat. If you wear one. Lori does and has the most marvelous secrets beneath it. They’re invisible, however, so she isn’t very clear on what they are exactly . . .