Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadruped Delights

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“Entertaining and thought-provoking.”—Kirkus Reviews

Jeremy Cabbage stuck at Harpwitch’s Home for Mean Dogs, Ugly Cats, and Stray Children, where the dogs are treated better than the kids. And things aren’t much better on the outside: the city is ruled by the arrogant and foolish Baron Ignatius von Strompe, who’s on a campaign to stamp out anyone who’s different. At the top of his list are the outlandish people known as cloons, who look like ...

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Overview

“Entertaining and thought-provoking.”—Kirkus Reviews

Jeremy Cabbage stuck at Harpwitch’s Home for Mean Dogs, Ugly Cats, and Stray Children, where the dogs are treated better than the kids. And things aren’t much better on the outside: the city is ruled by the arrogant and foolish Baron Ignatius von Strompe, who’s on a campaign to stamp out anyone who’s different. At the top of his list are the outlandish people known as cloons, who look like clowns, say what they want, do as they please, and make everyone laugh the whole way through.

Jeremy’s only chance is a good adoption—but who would possibly adopt Jeremy, an unloved, unwanted eleven-year-old? The answer sets Jeremy off on an outrageous, comical adventure that brings him face-to-face with the Baron himself.

“This comical story promises to delight.”—School Library Journal

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Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Jeremy had been at an orphanage with the philosophy of "three strikes and you're out." Twice he had been returned from adoption but now hopes he can survive on this third trial. His new parents have huge red noses, big feet and floppy red hair. They are part of a breed called cloons who are, naturally, clowns. They live with an assortment of other strange people in "A Living Museum and Moral Exhibition of Human Oddballs and Quadruped Delights." There are Lexi and Con, a living dictionary couple with every English word tattooed on their bodies, Toby with a performing pig, the bearded Madame Josephine, and Sylvana, the Wuman Cannonball. The extended family of circus people welcome Jeremy with open arms. For the first time in his life, he is loved and taken care of, but something is missing. He wants to find Polly, a fellow orphan who made life bearable at the orphanage. Unbeknownst to Jeremy she is now the nanny to the Baron's daughter, Rosie. The Baron Ignatius Fyodor Maximus von Strompie III is the ruthless ruler of Metropolis and makes laws based on the whims and pleasures of himself and his wife. He plans to round up all the cloons and put them in prison until he learns his own daughter is growing strange body parts. This is a story of love and acceptance for the bizarre and oddball. Reviewer: Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal

Gr 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

Kirkus Reviews
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. Jeremy Cabbage was rescued as an infant by Polly, who raised him among a band of orphans with lots of love but little else in a shuttered library. The reader meets him, however, as he is being sold by Helga Harpwitch, into whose clutches he fell after one of his erstwhile chums betrayed them. Metropolis is ruled by the Baron, a bombastic buffoon whose shrewish wife urges him to eradicate cloons-people whose genes turn them into clowns at puberty. After a series of failed adoptions, Jeremy ends up with Bo and Ba of the Living Museum, a loving family of cloons and a collision course between Jeremy and the Baron's minions begins. Parallel narratives follow Jeremy and the Baron's family (could his daughter's nose be turning red?) until the inevitable confrontation and equally inevitable resolution. As an inquiry into fascism, it's pretty unsubtle, but entertaining and thought-provoking for all that. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440422075
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 911,012
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet 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.

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