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Toonopolis is a cartoon city that is home to the thoughts and ideas of all sentient beings in the universe. As the center of the Tooniverse, it acts as an other-worldly rest stop for these creations. Gemini is a teenage human boy who is thrust into Toonopolis through his father's scientific research program. He loses part of himself in the process and immediately begins a ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Portmanteau Press LLC
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Martha Rodriguez
In the first line of the acknowledgements page of Toonopolis: Gemini author Jeremy Rodden thanks his family and “especially” his mother. I would also like to thank Jeremy’s mother. I have a feeling she's a pretty cool lady. I think she probably let Jeremy watch cartoons and movies, let him play video games, and encouraged him to read anything he could get his hands on. I suspect he still does all of those.

Jeremy is a scholar of imaginary worlds and he knows that in those worlds anything goes. He
I’ve had this for a while and have been meaning to read it for such a long time and then the other day I just decided to read it because I was looking for something funny. Needless to say there were quite a few funny parts in the book.
There are so many funny references in this book that it was so awesome. If you watch older cartoons then you will notice a lot of these. I thought it was really fun going through and spotting the different references.
The story line was really interesting and it was
Andrea Baker
Aug 14, 2011 Andrea Baker rated it really liked it
Wonderful read if you like cartoon worlds. Irony is spot on....
Matt Posner
Sep 09, 2011 Matt Posner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received Toonopolis: Gemini as a review copy after meeting the author in social media.

My initial concern in reading a novel set in a cartoon universe was that it would try very hard to be funny, fail, and just wind up being embarrassing for the author. Thankfully, that problem did not occur in Toonopolis: Gemini. I laughed out loud many times. This was partly because of genuinely cartoon-like situations and visual images, but mostly because of constantly surprising popular culture references.
Anastasia Pergakis
It has been a long time since I watched cartoons that didn't involved teaching little kids about numbers and colors. So it took me a few chapters to get into the style of this book. But in a way, it fit with the beginning. The character Gemini, was also a bit confused about what was going on around him at the beginning. About the time Gemini figured out what was going on, I got into the groove too. I really connected with Gemini because of this, which in turn, I think allowed me to enjoy the boo ...more
Kim Donovan
Jul 21, 2011 Kim Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toonopolis is a cartoon world similar to Toontown in the film Roger Rabbit. There are super heroes, teddy bears with rocket launchers and maidens waiting for the chosen one. When Jacob, an ordinary teenage boy, finds himself in Toonopolis he has no recollection of how he got there or his name. He calls himself Gemini. He is given a guide, Jimbob the talking eggplant, who accompanies him around the various sections of Toonopolis and helps him to get his memories back and find a way home. The trou ...more
A Book Vacation
May 26, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel. Rodden has taken the toon world a created a wonderful story about their universe—it’s completely original and something we don’t think about much: what is life like for a toon? I found this novel to be extremely humorous and well written, and Rodden’s explanations of toon life and abilities is fascinating. For instance, I’ve never thought about why toons can run off cliffs and not fall until they look down, but Rodden explains why this is so, and it’s an ingenious ex ...more
So. Much. Fun.

Jeremy Rodden has a gift! He sees eye-to-eye with young people. He doesn't talk down to them, he doesn't overwhelm them and yet despite the high entertainment factor, there is valuable life lessons in his story.

Here is the book summary: Toonopolis is a cartoon city that is home to the thoughts and ideas of all sentient beings in the universe. As the center of the Tooniverse, it acts as an other-worldly rest stop for these creations.
Gemini is a teenage human boy who is thrust into
Sep 08, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has the fantastical quirkiness of Alice in Wonderland, the uniqueness of Willy Wonka, the magic of Never Never Land, along with a sprinkle of the darkness/gothic wonder from Tim Burton and the other-worldness of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, and then some. But at the same time it is an unparalled universe, (or parallel universe)make that, Tooniverse that is all its own.

You want to know what is going on with this character as he wakes up and finds himself in this new alternate reality, feeling quite
Pavarti Tyler
May 22, 2012 Pavarti Tyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Disclaimer - I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have since given it to my 9-year-old daughter who has read it 3 times and refuses to give it back. Someday, if I'm permitted, I will read it myself. Until then, here is the Book Report Ninja did for her Third Grade Final Project.

Book Report on Toonopolis by Jeremy Rodden
Ninja Tyler - 3rd Grade

The title is Toonopolis Gemini. The author is Jeremy Rodden. The setting takes place in the Tooniverse. The Tooniverse is a wor
Sep 04, 2011 Jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was an enormous privilege to read the first in a fantasy YA series by Jeremy Rodden, an impressively creative individual who has created a toon world where it's always Saturday morning.

How can you not like a book with a talking Toonopolis guide named Jimbob the Eggplant? He has hands that appear whenever he needs them. Reminds me of Veggie Tales, but Jimbob's a much wittier vegetable.

This genre of YA is not something I'd normally pick up, but I was pleasantly surprised. It has humor, style, c
Jun 12, 2011 Scott rated it really liked it
Toonopolis: Gemini by Jeremy Rodden is a unique book with a lot of appeal. When Gemini first comes to the city of Toonopolis I pictured it kind of like the toon world from Roger Rabbit with the bright colors and craziness everywhere. The city is organized into sections by genre (ex Animetown) and there are some great refrences to video games, comics, cartoons, and some general pop culture refrences. The story is a lighthearted tale following Gemini in his travels with Jimbob (the talking eggplan ...more
Jun 19, 2011 Carien rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
An original and fun story.
Rodden has a pleasant, descriptive writing style and he paints a colourful, quirky world with many very recognisable elements for those who read comics and manga and for those who play roleplaying games. I really liked Gemini, but I liked his travel companions even more I will confess, especially Jimbob, the talking eggplant who's perfectly cast as Gemini's guide as well as comic relief. The story is funny, suspenseful and full of action, leading to a conclusion that le
Brandy Hunt
Jul 28, 2011 Brandy Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I was kind of upset. I had thought from various tweets and so on, that this was going to be something I would laugh out loud about. But the humor is more tougue in cheek, which is fine, it goes with the main character Gemini and his side kick Jimbob.

I quickly got involved in Gemini and his adventures through Toonopolis. Mr. Rodden does an excellent job in pulling from the old RPG style of meeting your gaming group and slowly finding the right plot device. He even includes a red herrin
Craig Hallam
Jun 15, 2011 Craig Hallam rated it really liked it
What a great read! Normally for this to be pulled off, you'd need to be seeing the characters on screen e.g. "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". But Rodden manages to make the characters leap straight into your imagination. I'd definitely read Rodden again.

The downside?
You WILL find yourself chuckling like a mad person in public. I got strange looks on the bus, train and in a queue for a bottle of milk while reading Toonopolis. You have been warned!
Mary Beeson
Jul 08, 2011 Mary Beeson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this book almost killed me. Honestly, don't drink or eat anything while you are reading this book! It is for a sure a different outlook on things.
Very well written, and particularly humorous.
Great read and Highly recommended. And the cover looks awesome!!!!! I can't wait to read more books by Mr. Rodden :)
Jul 26, 2011 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved this book free through GoodReads first reads...and I'm jazzed I was a winner. This is definitly a unique book of a cartoon world. Great characters, great humor, great story. Read it!
Erik Gustafson
Jul 15, 2011 Erik Gustafson rated it really liked it
Great read! Awesome cast of characters and fun adventures. Clever plot filled with funnies. I truly enjoyed reading this book! Hope there is more coming.
Will Jones
Aug 15, 2011 Will Jones rated it it was amazing
I bought the book for my teenager, but ended up laughing through it myself.
Caleb Blake
Nov 05, 2011 Caleb Blake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
When an agent discovers the land of Toonopolis, he and the Agency believe they can use the cartoon world to stage covert operations. The teenage son of the lead scientist becomes the first operative in Toonopolis.

Toonopolis: Gemini is an off-the-wall comedy adventure set in the cartoon world of Toonopolis where an incomplete 'Outsider' named Gemini goes on a quest to complete himself and in doing so pits himself against a shadowy menace consuming toons and wreaking havoc. Although this is firmly
Red Haircrow
Aug 22, 2011 Red Haircrow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For adults like myself, who loved cartoons, manga and anime as a child, and continue to enjoy the variety of incarnations and genres, both animated and in print, Toonopolis was a fun concept I definitely didn’t find myself too old to enjoy even though it is primarily slated for young adults. One of the first things I liked about it, though comical in nature with plenty of action and quips, it was still well-written, focusing on understandable sentence and paragraph structure, and descriptions ea ...more
Vanessa Booke
Aug 31, 2011 Vanessa Booke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young readers
Jeremy Rodden's book Toonopolis was a wild, zany and an insanely funny read! I loved all of the different toons throughout the book from Fluffybear who talks like an old school gangster to Rastamole who says things like mon, dat and little mama. Rodden's main character Gemini and his side kick Jimbob the Talking Eggplant are hilarious together! You couldn't ask for a more entertaining pair. Rodden's writing style is smooth and easy on the eyes. His break up between Gemini's point of view and Spe ...more
George Sirois
Oct 04, 2011 George Sirois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remember when Scream came out in theaters in 1996? How it was able to tell a very effective horror story while also deconstructing the genre and lovingly pointing out all of the flaws in our favorite flicks of the past?

Well, allow me to introduce Jeremy Rodden's "Toonopolis: Gemini" - the Scream of Saturday Morning Cartoons.

Our main character is a young man known only as Gemini and identified as an animated character who was once a real boy. He seeks to go through the various towns of Toonopoli
Donna Brown
Sep 02, 2011 Donna Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As much as I’ve thought about it, I’m still finding it difficult to see how I can possibly do justice to the imaginative, wonderful, glorious feat of writing that is Toonopolis. Jeremy Rodden has taken the best and worst of a range of things that were dear to us in our childhoods (but probably drove our parents crackers) and remain endearing to us now as – even though we are allegedly adults – we prove ourselves to be simply bigger kids.

Toonopolis is like putting on a time travelling fluffy dres
May 13, 2012 Kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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General Comments

In all honesty, it took me a while to warm up to this book. While nothing grabbed me at the beginning, the story was well-written and the concept was so pleasantly different that I kept reading. As I read on the book became more engaging. I found myself laughing, raising my eyebrows, and sometimes squealing in surprise and excitement after the author used a familiar element from cartoons. Jeremy Rodden did a lovely job of bringing life to cartoons as we know them and it was very
Nov 06, 2011 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gemini enters the world of Cartoon, Toonopolis, but he can't help feeling that along with his memories, something else is missing. He doesn't remember much about his life but he's going too — just after he finds the shadowy figure, Shadowy Figure. He realizes that he just may be closer the Shadowy Figure then he ever imagined ;)

As of late, I have read so many romance, paranormal, thriller and mystery novels that it was certainly refreshing to read a fun, light-hearted book that kept me entertai
Cautious Reader
Aug 30, 2013 Cautious Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you read books by indie authors that make you wonder why no literary agents have picked this particular book for representation. I don’t know, Jeremy, if you tried to go the traditional publishing path or not. Toonopolis is one of those books that are original, creative, funny, smart and well-written. It is one of those books that when you are done with the last page, you wonder what agents are really looking for (sparkly vampires perhaps?) if books like Toonopolis get overlooked.

But l
Even though this is targeted to young adults, I can say with certainty that any adult that has ever played a video game, watched cartoons, or read comics will vastly enjoy this book. It's just so much fun to pick out all the archetypes he paid homage to and poked fun of.

I actually decided to create a page on TVTropes for the series, and there are so many that I spent a lot of reading downtime looking them up and listing them all (and was scolded by the author to just finish the darn book, haha!
Sep 03, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ebooks, humor
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's not knee-slapping funny, but it's funny all the way through, especially the snappy one-liners. Toonopolis:Gemini is a mystery/adventure that takes place in a cartoon world. If you have ever watched a cartoon, you'll enjoy this book, although if you haven't watched cartoons in the last few years, there may be some references that aren't as funny because you won't recognize them. (After tripping over a pineapple whil ...more
Lynn Hallbrooks
Dec 10, 2013 Lynn Hallbrooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I met Jeremy Rodden via Triberr.

In my opinion this book is part science fiction and part childhood fantasy.

A teenage boy suddenly finds himself in a world of strange happenings. Nothing is as it should be but he doesn't know why or how this happened. He discovers he is in another universe where cartoon characters live.

I love the whole concept of this story. It helps educate the reader on cartoon concepts. The adult reader finds references to cartoons he or she watched as a child. There are also
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I spent the first ten years of my professional life in retail sales, working my way up to store management positions in two different Fortune 500 retailers. Along the way, I managed to earn a BA in Religion and English Writing from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA and an MA in Secondary Education from Holy Family University, also in Philadelphia.

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