From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5–A promise the protagonist made in Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle
(Candlewick, 2004) brings her back to Mudd Manor, the home of Melvin Mudd, her fathers second cousin twice removed. Her goal: to free the mink from Melvins Marvelous Mink farm before they can be turned into costumes for a ballet extravaganza featuring Melvins dance-obsessed wife, India Terpsichore. When the young heroine arrives at the mansion, she meets young dancer Alexy Alexy and his evil manager and learns of the young mans sad story. Now she has another goal: to free Alexy from Ratsputins clutches. In the end, both the mink and the dancer are freed from bondage and Evangeline even makes it back home in time for the birth of her baby brother. This madcap novel, which has an underlying theme of respect for all living creatures, also contains the humorous elements of Astrid Lindgrens Pippi Longstocking (Penguin) and the spirit of Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events (HarperCollins). Evangeline overcomes the obstacles set by evil adults and triumphs. Wessons amusing pen-and-ink illustrations illuminate this rollicking adventure.–Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
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Gr. 3-5. Evangeline Mudd, last seen in Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes
(2003), returns to star in another animal rescue mission. This time Evangeline is out to save a collection of minks, whose pelts have been marked for costumes for an extravagant ballet produced by Evangeline's distant cousin Melvin Mudd and prima ballerina India Terpsichore. Evangeline finds an ally in the famous dancer Alexy Alexy, who is under the wicked influence of his guardian and dance master, Ratsputin. Eventually, Alexy and Evangeline locate the minks, but their good deeds continue. Elliott doesn't miss any opportunity to toss bucketfuls of humor into his farcical plot. Occasionally, the gears grind and the high spirits become a tad relentless. Yet, the story moves so quickly that most readers won't notice the occasional clunker joke and will enjoy the zany, lighthearted adventure. Todd MorningCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved