1 - Baby Brother Blues
Having a baby brother can be such an ordeal!
Zoe canât just sit down and enjoy a nice game of âFangosaurus 3â! Instead, she has to look after âthe bratâ while Mom and Dad decorate his room!
The babysitting session turns into pure purgatory as Titi chews on pens, pulls the head off Zoeâs Super Zumo doll, screams and bawls his eyes out, and simply refuses to stay still!
Zoe is at the end of her tether. Out of ideas for getting shot of Titi, she decides to scare him into submission by telling him stories about âbrother-eating Fangosaurusesâ! But Zoe gets so caught up in her own game that she actually starts to believe sheâs seeing Fangosaurus shadows creeping along the cellar walls!âŠ AAAAH!!!
2 - Game over!
Oh dear, oh dear! Not only has Zoe just busted Mariponponâs really cool game console, but MPâs hassling Zoe big time for her to give it back!
How can she explain? Or how can she get Mariponpon to forget all about the console? Or â better still â how can she work it so Mariponpon thinks she broke the console, instead?!
AHA! Now thatâs an idea! Zoe thinks up a crafty masterplan: she perches the console right on the edge of the dresser, then gets MP to fetch itâŠ CRASH BANG! Everything goes to plan.
Except that Mariponpon is reduced to tears as she contemplates her totally wrecked, favorite game.
For anybody else, now would be the perfect time to admit the truth. But for Zoe, nothing could be more painful...
3 - Lola the park pin-up
Wo!! Would you look at her?! âOoooâŠ My nameâs Lola. Iâm a total Top Model and all the guys stare at me while I play cool, writing all kinds of secrets in my ever-so-trendy notebookâŠ Pff!â
Determined to regain her former status of âLocal Flavor of the Monthâ, Zoe puts all her craftiness to work to knock her annoying rival off her Park Pedestal! She even devises a wicked plan designed to make Lola look a fool in front of the boys.
But thereâs just one detail Zoe seems to have overlooked : what if Lola were, after all, a really nice person?...
4 - Splat the gnat
What a nightmare! For weeks now, Zoe has been hassling her parents to buy her a really cool game named âDummy-Crazed Wacko!â But when she does, finally, get it, she realizes itâs totally has-been! It seems THE game to have these days is âSplat the Gnat!â
Just so happens Super Duper has just received that very game and is insisting on parading around the park, showing it off to everyone!
Zoe is well peeved : she embarks on a whole series of game swaps, with all her park friends, in an effort to obtain the one and only game that Super Duper is willing to exchange âSplat the Gnat!â for!
But Zoe is so unpleasant with everyone in the process that no-oneâs going to want to play âSplat the Gnat!â with her, even when she does get it.
5 - Bunch of traitors
Somethingâs amiss at the park: Mariponpon seems to be hiding something, Super Duper stops talking as soon as Zoe comes on the scene, and Melina goes and joins the other kids for a clandestine meeting behind a bush.
Theyâre all acting as if Zoe had the cooties, or something!
Appalled by their behavior and terrified at the idea of being left out in the cold, Zoe goes out of her way to find out whatâs going on.
But maybe she should have kept herself to herself: when she finds out a top secret party is being thrown round at Mariponponâs house, she cries treason! But sometimes, things are simply not what they seemâŠ
6 - Down with beets!
Zoe has more than had her fill of steamed French beans, raw carrots and beets! She does everything she can to get out of eating such food but Mom is wise to her tricks. So Zoe lets rip: âIâve had enough! Why canât I eat like Mariponpon? She can eat whatever she wants!â
However, when Zoe actually finds herself round at Mariponponâs house, her oversized appetite takes its toll, and she winds up with a copious helping of heartburn!
7 - Bronco Baby-sitter
Zoe recalls the first time her babysitter âThingeeâ turned up at the house.
She also remembers how she reacted: âWhoâs that majorly noisy, beanpole girl, already?!â, - âIsidora de Senforbon de la RibodiĂšre is her nameâ, - âYeah, okay: Iâll just call her ThingeeâŠâ
Bent on discouraging this intruder from accepting the job, Zoe gives Thingee a very hard time.
But despite Zoeâs dissuasive behavior, Thingee remains pleasant and professional. She even covers for Zoe in front of her parents! Could this be the start of a big friendship?...
8 - Auntie Kissy
Oh, no!! Here comes Aunty Kissy! Thereâs NO WAY Zoe can let her friends see her getting all molly-coddled and slobbered over by her doting Aunty, like she was some kind of four-year-old or something!
Itâs time to push the âRed Alert Buttonâ!
Zoe makes everyone think Aunty Kissyâs really a crazy woman from down the road whoâs trying to get inside the house: whatever happens, she MUST NOT be allowed in!
The plan is a success.
But when the kids find themselves accidentally imprisoned inside a pitch-black closet, they realize that an Aunty Kissy can come in handy after all!
9 - Shoe must go on!
Oh, gross!! These shoes are so âovernewâ! They make a squidgy noise every time you take a step and theyâre so unsubtle, you can spot them ten miles away!
Totally ill at ease with her new look, Zoe goes out of her way to make her feet as inconspicuous as possible.
She even lures Jeny into swapping her shoes for Zoeâs.
But when Jeny starts getting all the attention on account of her flashy new footwear, Zoe is true to her selfish self, bent on recovering the coveted fashion items, come what may!
10 - Almost famous
Zoe is the talk of the town when she tells everyone sheâs real good friends with Jackie, the real cute star of TV series âJackie from the Blockâ.
But then it turns out one of the episodes is going to be shot in the local park and that all the school kids are invited to go and watch! Wow, way to go!
The kids are counting on Zoe to get them an up-close view of Jackie, with a view to obtaining autographs, kisses, signed photos, and so on and so forth.
This is very bad news for Zoe who, in truth, has never met Jackie in her whole lying life! Not having the guts to admit she made the whole thing up, Zoe goes out of her way to avoid the event, committing tons of mischief to try to get her folks to ground her!
But it doesnât work, and, on D-Day, she finds herself down at the park, with all her friendsâŠ and Jackie, in the mood for signing autographs! Gulp!
11 - Spitting image
What could be worse than being made to play with your parentsâ friendsâ son?! Not only does Zoe have better things to do with her evening, but she also finds this Noe guy TOTALLY GROSS!
Strangely enough, Mariponpon seems to think heâs got a lot in common with Zoe personality wise. She even thinks they look alike!
Underhand maneuvers and general uncivil behavior ensue until, finally, Zoe and Noe realize they are, in fact, dead ringers in every way!
Run for your life, Mariponpon!
12 - Simply the best
Intent on bragging about how late they go to bed each night, Zoe and Melina contend with each other, to see who can stay awake the longest.
They get back up out of bed after Zoeâs parents have gone to sleep and make fun of each otherâs signs of tiredness.
Despite being obviously exhausted, they go out of their way not to lose face.
The roller skate race, which is to be taking place the next morning, at the local park, is going to prove tougher than expectedâŠ
13 - Big time secrets
Zoe is literally exasperated by Mariponpon, who spends her whole time scribbling down heaps of top secret thingamajigs in her new personal diary!
Zoe employs any number of stratagems to try and get a sneak preview of Mariponponâs writings. She is so bratty toward her friend that she almost destroys their relationship!
14 - Crazy for the candy
Awesome! Zoeâs parents have, at last, decided to start giving her pocket money!
In a state of âoverexcitementâ, Zoe runs round to Mister Sweetsâ candy store, where she promptly works up an ASTRONOMICAL bill!
Thereâs no way she can honor her debt and itâs too late to return the goodsâŠ for the simple reason that sheâs already gobbled them all up!
So, Zoe accepts Mister Sweetsâ proposition, which consists of helping him behind the counter, to repay her debt in kind. But itâs trickier than she expected and, before long, Zoe wreaks âsweet havocâ in the storeâŠ
15 - Thingee & Thingamabob
âWhoâs this guy Thingeeâs been hanging out with?! Donât tell me sheâs got a boyfriend! What about me?!â
Zoe is extremely peeved at the fact that Thingee has been letting herself get distracted, instead of looking after Zoe 24 HOURS A DAY!
That âBoyfriend Thingamabobâ must be gotten rid of, at once!
Zoe figures the best way to go about it is to âewe him outâ with regard to Thingee. S
he stops at nothing, trying to convince the boy that her babysitterâs crazy, that sheâs this and that, or the otherâŠ
But when the pesky suitor wonât buy it, Zoe starts to realize heâs maybe not the easiest person in the world to pull a fast one onâŠ
16 - Donât let me down
Thingee is on the verge of fulfilling her dream of a lifetime: a leading part in a big movie.
But Zoe is finding it very hard to accept the fact that her one-and-only babysitter is prepared to leave her in the lurch, for the sake of stardom!
Zoe goes out of her way to put a major spanner in the works, to try to get Thingee to stay behindâŠ
17 - Love birds
Someone has started a rumor that Zoe and Valentine recently kissed each otherâŠ on the lips!
Completely mad about the whole thing, Zoe goes out of her way to prove to everyone that she hates Valentine!
But instead of clearing the rumor, she just winds up making it worse!
To try and compensate, she starts inventing all kinds of gossip about everyone else. Before long, contention reigns big time in the schoolyard, and Valentine and Zoe find themselves having to join forces, to calm everybody down!
18 - Blur Zone
Zoe insists she is in serious need of glasses! However, considering the whole âpoor eyesightâ thing is totally fake, things start to get out of hand when she lands herself a pair of âpebble spectaclesâ!
Not only does she not look in the least bit like Pamela Solstoi-Toystoi, the âSuper Spyâ, but the more she keeps up the pretense, the more she gets herself into the most mind-boggling of situations!
19 - Night of the wusses
Mariponpon, Matthew and Pauline turn up at Zoeâs house with various games to play, raring to go. But Zoe insists on them playing the funky new adventure game sheâs invented for the occasion.
After a while, the other three kids are finding it pretty boring, and when Zoe wants to drag them off to the local park, to carry on her game, they can bear it no longer: itâs getting late and they havenât even started their games yet!
But then Matthew gets an idea: if adventureâs what Zoe wants, then thatâs exactly what sheâll getâŠ!
20 - In with the boys
When Zoe sees the boys playing a cool, alien-hunting game in the park, she desperately wants to join in too.
But their viewpoint is clear: âYou canât play with us âcos youâre a girl!â -âHey! Just âcos Iâm a girl doesnât mean I have to play dumb, dorky games!â
Zoe gets ready to retaliate: sheâs determined to prove to the boys that sheâs got what it takes to become a Prize Plutonian Hunter, just like them!
21 - So grounded!
Zoe is majorly naughty, right bang on âTreasure Hunt Dayâ! One thingâs for sure: sheâs going to be banned from the fun as a punishment.
So, when Mariponpon gets wrongly accused for the transgression, Zoe refrains from offering up the truth on the grounds that Mariponpon never gets punished for anything anyway!
Only, this time â for the first time ever â Misses Glutton decides to reprimand her daughter!
Confronted with her âbestest friendâsâ despair at being unjustly deprived of âTreasure Huntâ fun, Zoe is filled with remorse.
But will this incite her to set the record straight and tell the truth?âŠ
22 - No rush!
Zoe has been given the leading role in the classâ rendition of âCinderellaâ, directed by their teacher Miss Lardon.
She is supposed to learn her lines for the rehearsal. But she has soooo many other humongously important things to do that she just puts it off and off, and offâŠ
Until the morning of the rehearsal, whenâŠ
23 - Copycat!
Zoe is intent on proving to Noe that sheâs an item in her neighborhood.
But, as luck would have it, that particular day, her friends have only got eyes for Thingee!
The babysitter canât do anything wrong: sheâs sooo cool and sooo much fun, and so on and so forthâŠ
Piqued, Zoe starts imitating Thingeeâs behavior in every way â her writing, her body language, her way of speaking, everything â in an effort to be as popular as her.
But admiration is not gained by striving to be somebody else, as Zoeâs friendsâ reactions clearly showâŠ
24 - Whozatgirl
All is âhunky dory dooâ in Zoe Kezako landâŠ until one morning, when a new girl turns up in class and starts stealing the limelight, right off Zoeâs stage!
Everyone is just so fazed by this Noemi girl, just because she can do a whole heap of awesome, acrobaty-clowny things!
Zoe tries to outdo the niggling newcomer by challenging her to her favorite pursuits. But Zoe is seriously vanquished: thereâs no beating Noemi â sheâs just such a champion! Itâs not surprising really, as Zoe later finds out, because Noemi is none other than the daughter of Master Moglioni, of âMoglioni Circusâ fame!
25 - Lucky charm
Get this: Zoe realizes she might just maybe have a chance of getting an up-close view of the latest, most recent rocket, bound for the Moon - courtesy of Melinaâs cousin!
With a bit of luck, that isâŠ
But whoâs to say luck canât be nudged in the right direction?!
So Zoe starts touching wood, and avoiding the joints in the pavings on the sidewalk, and repeating the same words 500 times before going to sleep, and crossing fingers and feet, and tongueâŠ which does not make life easy!
But hang on a second: couldnât she just go and ask Melinaâs cousin if itâs possible?
Thatâs got to be easier than all this superstition caper!
26 - Super Powers
By some amazing twist of fate, Zoe beats Super Duper in an arm-wrestling match.
She immediately deduces that sheâs blessed with Super Powers â just like Mighty Man, her favorite comic strip hero. But things go awry when Mariponpon calls on her to save guinea-pig Biscuit, whoâs got herself âwedgedâ underneath the refrigerator!
Zoeâs so-called Super Powers turn out to be totally absent!
She tries everything in her âpowerâ to get out of this humiliating situation, but her friends bring her back down to Earth with a thump, opening her eyes to the inescapable truth: she is, after all, a normal girl â just like everyone else!
But Zoe soon comes to terms with the fact that being a normal girl is not quite as bad as it seems, after allâŠ