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Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadruped Delights Hardcover – March 11, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375843337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375843334
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,230,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4–7—Orphaned, 11-year-old Jeremy Cabbage lives at Harpwitch's Home for Mean Dogs, Ugly Cats, and Strey Children, and his only chance to escape the owner's cruelty is to be adopted. Along come Bo and Ba, husband and wife cloons (people with a rare genetic condition that transforms them into clownlike individuals complete with a round red nose, extra-large feet, an outlandish personality, and a penchant for happiness and goodwill), who take him home. Bo and Ba's family and the circus community in which they live are filled with caring, loving people. However, the cloons are outcasts in Metropolis where the intolerant Baron Ignatius von Strompié rules by dictatorial decree and has set his mind on banishing the so-called "flock of freaks." To vex him further, someone continues to spray paint the annoying words "Down with the Baron" around town. But the real trouble begins when the Baron learns that a cloon couple has adopted a normal boy. Suddenly the spotlight turns on Jeremy, and his blissful new life is in danger of being destroyed. This comical story promises to delight while delving into such serious topics as child homelessness and a need for belonging. That being said, it is worth noting that some readers might find the generous doses of flashbacks challenging, and the simple resolution of a deliciously malevolent antagonist is disappointing. The rest of the unique characters make their pieces of the puzzle fun to read.—Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL
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About the Author

David Elliott is the author of several books for young readers, including the Evangeline Mudd novels and And Here’s to You!, a New York Times bestselling picture book illustrated by Randy Cecil. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire.

More About the Author

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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A bit droll. A bit daffy. A lot of enjoyment. In other words, another story by the imaginative, irrepressible David Elliott.

We meet Jeremy Cabbage, an orphan and resident of Harpwitch's Home for Mean Dogs, Ugly Cats and Strey Children (Ms. Harpwitch did not spell well). The day comes when he is adopted but rather than being clasped to the ample bosom of his new mother (and few bosoms are ampler), he hears, "Yeah, he's kinda scrawny but he'll do." That doesn't bode too well for Jeremy nor does his return to the Home and the adoptions that follow, including the pair that simply wanted an au pair for their sick goldfish.

Jeremy really misses Polly who cared for him after finding him, an abandoned infant in a crate of cabbages. However, they were separated when a city ordered raid gathered up all orphan children. The city is Metropolis and it is ruled by a heartless man, Baron Ignatius von Strompie. Jeremy wonders where Polly is, if she was taken to a place as horrible as Harpwitch's Home.

At last, there's a ray of light when Jeremy is adopted again - this time by human clowns or cloons as the Baron has dubbed them because he detests everything different. And these clowns or cloons are unique in Metropolis because they're happy and they make people laugh. - anathema to the Baron and he vows to get rid of them. What chance do Jeremy and the cloons have against such power? Will he ever see Polly again?

With fond memories of Elliott's Roscoe Wizzle (2004) this reader adds the irresistible Jeremy Cabbage to my list of favorite characters.


- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Hull on July 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What makes a family? This is only one of the questions that David Elliott seems to be asking in Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs. There are others, too: What is the definition of tolerance? What are the qualities that make a hero? (In Jeremy's case, rather than the knuckle-bearing, weapon-toting figures we hold up as models for boys today, it is keeping a steadfast heart.) But these important questions are asked subtly, embedded in a rollicking adventure that is both heart-warming and, at times, hilarious. Filled with a cast of eccentric, lovable characters, and with enough villians to make us curl our lips (in one case, one can't help but ask: Was Elliott thinking of a certain foolish but dangerous ego-driven President when he was writing the Baron?) Jeremy Cabbage would make a wonderful read aloud for any classroom or family. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll be sorry when you've finished.
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"Take a liberal base of Dickens, throw in a healthy helping of Dahl and spice with a bit of Margo Lanagan, and you might approximate the recipe that yielded this fey little fantasy." -Kirkus Reviews

Okay, that is cheating! You can't say that a book is a mix of things. There is not recipe for a sublime story. Besides, this quote is missing a few key ingredients. For example--

Orphans, an abandoned baby found in a box of cabbages, a brave girl that is mother to them all, betrayal, separation, an entrancing cigarette-smoking abomination of a woman, a claustrophobic treasure hunt, tyranny, revolt, totalitarian pomposity, clowns, women coming out of canons, human dictionaries and above all --COMPLETE MADCAP UNBRIDLED OPTIMISM.

It is 200+ pages of quadruped delights!
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