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Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle Hardcover – February 2, 2004

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Grade 2-4--Evangeline Mudd's primatologist parents are so obsessed with the golden-haired apes of Ikkinasti Jungle that they even raise their daughter based on the child-rearing practices of these animals. When the Mudds are sent, last minute, on a scientific expedition to Ikkinasti, they leave Evangeline with her father's "second cousin, twice removed" and his wife for safety's sake. Unfortunately, these relatives show total disinterest toward their charge as Evangeline becomes even more dedicated to preservation of all life and nature on Earth. After her parents disappear, the intrepid eight-year-old contacts Dr. Aphrodite Pikkaflee, world expert on golden-haired apes, and together they figure out that the doctor's greedy, anti-nature brother is behind the mystery. They travel to Ikkinasti where, with the help of reformed human headhunter Dadoo, they find and rescue the Mudds, stop the wicked plot to destroy the rain forest, and receive some slightly magical help from thousands of butterflies. There are some lovely, imaginative touches in this entertainingly improbable tale. Everything is sorted out neatly, but not facilely, in the end--people do have periods of sadness, there are still those who refuse to care about wildlife or nature. Wesson's pencil illustrations, reminiscent of Quentin Crisp's work, add greatly to the generally whimsical air. Ecological themes, humor, intriguing characters, and touches of absurdity should appeal to young readers with burgeoning social consciences.--B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY
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About the Author

David Elliott is the author of THE TRANSMOGRIFICATION OF ROSCOE WIZZLE, a Book Sense 76 Selection, and several picture books for younger readers, including most recently THE COOL CRAZY CRICKETS TO THE RESCUE! illustrated by Paul Meisel. David Elliott teaches in the MFA Program in Writing for Children at Lesley University.

Andréa Wesson is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated several books for children, including OPERA CAT, JACK QUACK, and NOT JUST ANOTHER MOOSE. This is her first book with Candlewick Press.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (February 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763618764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763618766
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Elliott is a NY Times bestselling children's author. His many titles include: And Here's to You!, The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle, The Evangeline Mudd books, Finn Throws a Fit!, Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum, and most recently the picture book, In the Wild. Born in Ohio, David has worked as a singer, a cucumber washer, and a popsicle stick maker. Currently, he lives in New Hampshire with his wife and a three-footed dog. If you'd like to know more about David and his books, visit his blog/website at davidelliottbooks.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you loved David Elliott's first book (and even if you didn't) you'll be bananas over Evangeline Mudd. "Bananas" seems an appropriate expression here as Evangeline's parents are primatologists, and she considers herself the luckiest girl in the world. After all what other parents would actually encourage their offspring to swing from a chandelier or tell their child to skip a bath at night because he or she had taken one last week?
Dr. Merriweather and Dr, Magdalena Mudd are particularly interested in the golden-haired apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle, and wish to raise their child as the golden-hairs are raised. However, since Evangeline was obviously human that presented a few problems. For instance, while golden-hairs would never put a diaper on a baby that could be well, unfortunate, if the baby were human.
Of course, there were exceptions, too. The Mudds very much wanted Evangeline to take piano lessons, but they'd never seen a golden-hair pianist. This would be an exception to their rule. The Mudds are nothing if not flexible.
Thrilled at being sent to the tropical rain forest of Ikkinasti on a scientific expedition the Mudds are so eager that they never suspect anything might be amiss. They leave Evangeline with "her father's second cousin, twice removed and his wife." Melvin and India Terpsichore are extremely wealthy and absolutely horrible. Over a period of time Evangeline becomes miserable with this pair; she wonders what has happened to her parents. So, she writes a letter to the world expert on golden-hairs, Dr. Aphrodite Pikkaflee. He responds immediately, and it's not too long before he discovers that his avaricious brother is behind a plot to destroy the rain forest.
Evangeline and Dr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on May 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Evangeline Mudd might possibly be the luckiest girl in the world. After all, how many kids have parents who encourage them to swing from the dining room chandeliers or eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with their feet?
Evangeline's parents, Merriweather and Magdelana Mudd, are not your typical mother and father. The Mudds are primatologists --- people who study apes and monkeys --- and their specialty is the golden-haired apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle. The Mudds are impressed by the fun-loving and harmonious way of life the golden-haired apes follow and decide to raise their own daughter Evangeline the same way --- with a few exceptions like playing the piano.
The Mudds are as happy as can be living in their New England bungalow until a phone call from Dr. Aphrodite Pikkaflee changes everything. Dr. Pikkaflee is the most famous primatologist in the world and she needs help. A new family of golden-haired apes was discovered in the Ikkinasti Jungle and the Mudds are needed to observe them for two weeks --- without Evangeline.
The Ikkinasti Jungle is a dangerous place to bring a nine-year-old like Evangeline. There are wormy things that crawl between your toes and enter directly into your bloodstream. There are mosquitoes the size of hummingbirds. And worst of all, there are giant spitting spiders whose spit can blind you!
Instead of exploring the Ikkinasti Jungle with her parents, Evangeline has to stay with her father's awful third cousin twice removed and his ex-ballerina wife. She can't wait until the two weeks are over. But then her parents mysteriously disappear, and it's up to Evangeline to travel to the Ikkinasti Jungle and find them.
David Elliot's EVANGELINE MUDD AND THE GOLDEN-HAIRED APES OF THE IKKINASTI JUNGLE is adventure-packed, funny and fast-paced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader on January 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Evangeline Mudd starts her life differently than most do. Her parents, Dr. Merriweather and Dr. Magdalena want to raise Evangline in a way most peculiar, like the golden-haired apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle.

Dr. Merriweather and Dr. Magdalena are some of the most well-respected primatologists in the field, therefore it is no wonder they are asked to go on an expedition to study more on the golden-hairs of the Ikkinasti Jungle. Evangeline cannot wait, until of course she finds out she can't go with them. It is at this point that this unique story takes several unexpected twists.

Evangeline is forced to stay with her third cousin, (twice removed), Melvin and his horrible wife India Terpsichore, but only for two weeks. However, two weeks turns into three, then four and soon it is finally discovered that Evangeline's parents must have run into trouble in the jungle.

Will Evangeline find her parents? Must she go alone into the Ikkinasti Jungle where spitting spiders abound? It is possible, but not without the help of none other than Dr. Aphrodite Pickaflee and a few other characters.

This book is filled with rich vocabulary and a fast-paced storyline. The variety of characters and different situations Evangeline finds herself in will keep you laughing until the end. The imagination in this story is superb! It is a must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Evangeline Mudd has enjoyed an unusual childhood, from learning to swing from rafters to eating sandwiches with her feet: much like the classic Pippi Longstocking, her unusual childhood leads to an unusual independence and resourcefulness early in life. When Evangeline's parents disappear while on a research trip, it's up to Evangeline to travel to the Ikkinasti Jungle and find them herself. Evangeline Mudd And The Golden-Haired Apes Of The Ikkinasti Jungle is not a chapter book, at 196 pages, but still most accessible to kids moving on up from chapter reading to full-fledged novels.
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