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Jeremy Cabbage: and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadruped Delights    by David Elliott order for
Jeremy Cabbage
by David Elliott
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Knopf, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet

The story begins with Jeremy Cabbage's adoption from Harpwitch's Home for Mean Dogs, Ugly Cats, and Strey Children, where the dogs are treated better than the kids and the proprietor's spelling issues are the least of her faults. Jeremy's new packrat parent adopts him because she needs someone to search for the lost title to her house. It is the first of a few adoptions for Jeremy. After landing back at Harpwitch's, he is adopted by a couple looking for company for their ailing goldfish. Next he is adopted by natural-born human clowns, or cloons, as they are called in Metropolis, and this is where the story takes off.

Jeremy is the lead character in David Elliott's Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadruped Delights. His tale takes place in the town of Metropolis, which is ruled by the foolish Baron Ignatius von Strompiť, who eagerly tries to stamp out anyone who is different. First on the Baron's list are the cloons, who offer a spot of color and amusement in the dismal, downtrodden city. Although Jeremy begins to find acceptance and happiness with his new cloon parents and their troop of performers, he still longs for Polly, who rescued him as an abandoned baby. He and Polly were separated during a raid to round up the city's orphaned children. David Elliott alternates chapters between Polly's stifling life as a nanny in the Baron's household and Jeremy's adventures.

Readers who enjoy fantasy and Big Brother type tales will find Jeremy Cabbage's story an engaging and fun read. Although some might find the story a bit confusing at the onset, the author soon finds his rhythm and Jeremy becomes an extremely likeable hero. Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadruped Delights delivers a good old-fashioned story of bravery, friendship, and acceptance, with a twist of fantasy to keep things interesting.

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