By Matt Berman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sequel to The Neddiad offers more goofy humor.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Products & Purchases
Car, candy, lunch meat brands.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A reference to cigarettes.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is little to be concerned with here: a few brands mentioned and a reference to rolling cigarettes.
Where to Read
There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.
What's the Story?
Iggy (short for Yggdrasil) Birnbaum lives in a run-down hotel in mid-20th century Hollywood. When she notices that the ghosts who normally inhabit her hotel are disappearing, she discovers that they are all heading for a big party in an alternate plane of existence. So she and her friends Neddy and Seamus follow the ghost of a rabbit and end up in an alternative Old New Hackensack where things are ... peculiar.
Is It Any Good?
Like its predecessor, The Neddiad, whether or not your kids will like this depends entirely on their particular senses of humor. Unlike humorous fantasies from, say, Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett, the story won't carry readers through this if they don't get the jokes: there isn't much plot, and what there is doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Author Daniel Pinkwater isn't interested in any character development either -- Iggy and her friends are more or less just oddball blanks to whom odd things happen.
So then, the humor, upon which enjoyment of this hangs. It's not broad, or potty, or slapstick, or humiliation humor -- it's gentle humor, of the polite sort, the jokes of a kind grandfather with a twinkle in his eye. Some of it is wordplay, some arch references, and a lot of the author amusing himself and if you want to go along, fine, he's not bothered either way. From the Book below has a sample, and if your kids find it funny, then they'll probably like this book. If not, you might want to look for something with a little more story and character -- just in case they don't get the jokes.
From the Book:
"We're going with you," Neddie Wentworthstein said.
"To the hootenanny in not-in-New-Jersey Old New Hackensack?" I asked.
"Yes, the hootenanny, or hauntenanny, or walpurgisenanny, or whatever it is. If you're going, we want to go too," Seamus Finn said.
We were sitting on the secret closet stairs to nowhere, drinking Dr. Pedwee's cream soda and sharing a bag of Gypsy Boots's whole-grain cuchifritos.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the numerous literary and cultural references here. Which ones do you get? Where does the rabbit come from? The king raven's pianist? The various witches? The crazy driver who picks them up and then crashes? Who is the bunny's friend, Elwood?
- Author: Daniel Pinkwater
- Genre: Humor
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Children's Books
- Publication date: February 1, 2009
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
- Number of pages: 245
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Where to Read
Our Editors Recommend
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate