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Learning to swing from the rafters, eating peanut-butter sandwiches with her feet . . . Evangeline Mudd has had an unusual childhood. Her primatologist parents have taken their child-rearing cues from the golden-haired ape, whose resourceful and fun-loving lifestyle they deeply admire. But life takes a drastic turn when ...
Learning to swing from the rafters, eating peanut-butter sandwiches with her feet . . . Evangeline Mudd has had an unusual childhood. Her primatologist parents have taken their child-rearing cues from the golden-haired ape, whose resourceful and fun-loving lifestyle they deeply admire. But life takes a drastic turn when Evangeline’s parents are called away from their cozy New England bungalow on a research trip to the Ikkinasti Jungle. And when they mysteriously fail to return, it’s up to Evangeline to travel to Ikkinasti and find them herself! In this comical, fast-paced tale, David Elliott ventures deep in the jungle for some close encounters with giant spitting spiders, a crazed developer, a retired headhunter, some persistent primates, and an impressively plucky heroine.
When Evangeline Mudd's primatologist parents travel without her to the Ikkinasti Jungle to study the golden-haired apes, Evangeline and the world-famous Dr. Aphrodite Pikkaflee are eventually called upon to rescue the Mudds and save the jungle from the evil schemes of Aphrodite's money-mad brother.
Evangeline's heart skipped a beat in anticipation.
"Really?" she asked, jumping up. "Do you mean it?"
"Come along, Evangeline, darling," her mother said.
Magdalena led Evangeline into the cozy bungalow, which to the girl's utter amazement and joy had been rigged from room to room with trapezes. The ceiling of that bungalow looked like the canopy of a circus tent, except there were hundreds of trapezes instead of just two or three.
"Happy birthday, darling," said Magdalena, rubbing noses with her daughter, the golden-hair way of demonstrating deep affection.
"Have a ball, my dear," said Evangeline's father, and picking her up, he extended his long arms until Evangeline took hold of one of the trapezes.
Evangeline grabbed the trapeze with both hands and pumped her legs. Within seconds the trapeze was swinging back and forth like the pendulum on a grandfather clock. Without a word from her mother or father, she grabbed the trapeze hanging directly in front of her with one hand and let go of the first trapeze with the other. In the wink of an eye, she was brachiating around the room like crazy.
"Wheeeeee," called Evangeline as she zipped over and around her parents. "Watch this!"
And letting go with both hands she did a somersault before she grabbed the next trapeze.
"She's a natural," her father said proudly as he watched Evangeline whiz around the room.
Posted March 20, 2004
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. Pikkaflee journey to Ikkinasti to find the Mudds and save the rain forest. Once there they meet some pretty unusual characters including countless butterflies who aid and abet them in various ways. David Elliott has one of the richest imaginations to be found today blended with a puckish sense of humor - an irresistible combination. He's a joy and so is Evangeline Mudd.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.