Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle by David Elliot

Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti JungleMerriweather and Magdelana Mudd are primatologists (people who study apes and monkeys), and their specialty is the study of the golden-haired apes of Ikkinasti Jungle. Now the Mudds are not like typical parents in that they are committed to raising their daughter, Evangeline, in the same fun-loving and happy lifestyle as they’ve observed in the golden-haired ape families. As a result, they have installed trapezes in their house so that Evangeline can braciate (swing) like the apes and they have encouraged her to eat using her feet

Evangeline is a happy 10-year old who loves her parents very much. Things are all good in the Mudd family until the day that the famous primatologist, Dr. Aphrodite Pikkaflee, calls needing some help. She has broken her leg and needs the Mudds to go the the Ikkinasti Jungle to observe a new family of golden-haired apes. The Mudds jump at the chance to go see their beloved apes. There is just one little problem – Evangeline can’t go along with her parents because the Ikkinasti Jungle is simply too dangerous for a 10-year-old. There are giant spitting spiders, mosquitoes the size hummingbirds and worms that crawl right into your bloodstream.

During the 2 weeks that her parents are away, Evangeline has to stay with distant relatives. Her time with them is just awful and she counts the days until her parents come home. Unfortunately, their return home never happens, and weeks, then months go by before Dr. Aphrodite Pikkaflee arrives to take Evangeline to the Ikkinasti Jungle to find her parents.

Evangeline is a spunky, likable character who has just what it takes to find out the cause her parents’ mysterious disappearance. This is a fun book that is full of exciting twists and turns.

After reading this book, look for Evangeline as she returns in the sequel, Evangeline and the Great Mink Escapade.

Posted by: Wendy

 

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