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Rare Beasts (Edgar & Ellen, #1) (Edgar & Ellen #1)

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Kenakalan Edgar dan Ellen sudah terkenal di kota Nod's Limbs. Kali ini, si kembar nakal itu mulai bosan dengan kenakalan yang “biasa-biasa saja”. Mereka ingin membuat sesuatu yang luar biasa, namun itu butuh biaya.

Tayangan acara televisi memberi mereka ide untuk membuka toko hewan langka agar bisa mendapat banyak uang. Berhasilkah si kembar menjalankan aksi mereka?

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Published 2007 by Matahati (first published January 2003)
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Jan 06, 2010 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
If you're looking for something similar to the Lemony Snicket books, keep looking. I was hoping that this would be as much fun and as educational, but it didn't come anywhere close.
Barb Scott
Jul 28, 2009 Barb Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For fans of the Unfortunate Events books, here is a series were the children take charge of events! Edgar and Ellen are twins who live in a mansion with their pet named Pet. Without adult supervision (their parents are away on an extended holiday), the twins wreak havoc on the town of Nod's Limbs. In the first of their adventures, they conspire to kidnap all of the pets of the children who live in their town, transform them through the use of old Christmas ornmanets, paint, and glitter, thus tra ...more
The twins, Edgar and Ellen, are detestable, one-dimensional, self-centred, unrepentant, and pathetic characters that spend their time thinking up new ways to be bad and stir up trouble.

Seriously, that's their main driving force in this book. They want to be able to buy materials to flood the city or ruin everyone's day, so they decide to (view spoiler)
Mar 29, 2016 Kayleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-read
A nice quick enjoyable read.

Would be a cool cartoon.

Probably won't read anymore but it was fun for an afternoon
Jun 18, 2016 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, creepy and exciting thriller for middle graders!
Andrea Ika
Feb 28, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review : Edgar and Ellen ; Rare beast

Charles Ogden #review2014

Book Review: Edgar & Ellen : Rare Beast

My rating 4 stars

Fire ants. Fraud. Footie pajamas. Twins Edgar and Ellen live alone -- their parents disappeared years ago, and who can blame them? -- in the quaint, little town of Nod's Limbs, in a grim, gray house overlooking the cemetery and the junkyard. They spend their days avoiding Heimertz, the mysterious accordion-playing caretaker; pestering Pet, a hairy, one-eyed creature
Jun 17, 2009 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book aloud will help you channel a fake-English, scary, deep voice. Or if not too deep, at least try to sound like Vincent Price. I haven't had this much fun reading out loud in awhile.

The writing style is what makes this book work. Every sentence can be read evilly and gleefully. In my head, I hear the voice of the guy who sings "Mr. Grinch." It's darkly humorous book, but for kids!

As the story winds down the author tries (too hard) to throw in some irony, but it didn't work me.
Jessica McFarland
The first in a series of gothic children’s novels strikingly similar to a certain series of unfortunate events. Edgar and Ellen are horrible twins who delight in making mischief and causing misery. They spend all day playing hide-and-seek in their big, broken-down mansion at the edge of the junkyard… until they realize that in order to have real fun, they need some cold hard cash. They hatch a plan to kidnap all of the local pets, and sell them back to their owners as extremely rare and exotic n ...more
Ashley Nelson
First of a series, I was hoping for better, a little disappointed. No redeeming qualities whatsoever in Edgar and Ellen, but perhaps that's the point. It almost seemed like a cheap knockoff of better existing books for the same genre. I've got 5 more to read, hope it improves. I did like Pet, hope to see more of him/her?
Jessica D
Sep 10, 2015 Jessica D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because it looked like something Tim Burton-esque, but that was far from the case. It vaguely seems like something aimed at teens/adults, but reads like a childrens book. To be honest, after reading it I still don't know what the intention was. It has a childlike reading structure, but it's never something I would read to a child. The kids are just poorly written victorian-creepish kids that are evil for the sake of being evil. There is really no background given as to why the k ...more
Stacy Fetters
If you know me, you know I love things all creepy. And when they said for lovers of Snicket, I jumped right in and I shouldn't have. Im not saying I hate it, but it could have been so much more.
Creepy twins and scheming. Amazing and then you are let down.
They are abandoned and live alone. They harm each other in every way they can think of. And one day they just get bored. They think of plans and start plotting. But wait... all this needs money.
The way to make money is to sell exotic beasts. T
Sarah Overvaag
Feb 15, 2016 Sarah Overvaag rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read most of the books in this series. When you first describe a book where there are two children who live alone because their parents left on vacation and never came back, most parents cringe. But, when you get down to it, Edger and Ellen wouldn't be half as interesting if they had supervision. They spend most of their time going against the grain, specifically all the cheerful people who live in their town. Their schemes are convoluted and silly, and even when they don't work out, the ...more
Courtney Umlauf

This was so perfect at the beginning- the description of the town, the twins, their Beetlejuice house - the start of this book had me thinking I'd found a gem. The premise is a good one: Edgar and Ellen live alone (aside from their mysterious, mute, accordion-playing grounds keeper and their one-eyed, furry Pet) in a house that appears to have fallen out of a Tim Burton movie. When bored, the two entertain themselves by concocting devious ways of terrorizing their neighbors. In order to get more

Edgar et Ellen vivent à Nod's Limbs, dans la seule maison à l'écart des beaux quartiers. Jumeaux, ils se ressemblent en tout point, surtout quand il faut mettre la pagaille dans le village ou embêter les gens! Malheureusement pour eux, leurs mauvais plans demandent des financements et il trouveront une idée - diabolique, cela va sans dire - pour trouver de l'argent tout en mettant à parti les animaux domestiques des enfants du quartier...

Il n'y a pas à dire, ces deux là sont vraiment méchants et
Nov 14, 2008 Endah rated it it was ok
Anak-anak nakal, itu hal yang biasa. Dalam usia perkembangan mereka, kenakalan-kenakalan itu lebih sebagai ungkapan keingintahuan mereka terhadap hal-hal baru. Bukan karena dorongan sifat kriminal. Atau juga, bisa jadi sebagai bentuk upaya mencari perhatian dari lingkungannya, terutama orang-orang terdekat mereka: orangtua, teman-teman, guru dll. Lazimnya, kenakalan-kenakalan seperti itu tak dianggap berbahaya. Wajar, namanya juga anak-anak, begitu biasanya kita berkomentar.

Namun, masalahnya men
Miss Bookiverse
Sep 27, 2010 Miss Bookiverse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-one
Shelves: gen-middlegrade
Kleine Biester – Charles Odgen
(Originaltitel: Rare Beasts)
Teil 1 von 6 (Edgar & Ellen)
Deutsche VÖ: 2004, Arena

Als ich Edgar und Ellen zum ersten Mal entdeckte, war ich sehr neugierig. Die düsteren Zeichnungen, die man sowohl auf dem Cover als auch im Buch selbst wiederfindet, ließen mich vermuten, dass dieses Buch genau meinen Geschmack treffen könnte. Fehlanzeige!

Tiere, Gemeinheiten, Schabernack, Geld

Die Zwillinge Edgar und Ellen sind abgrundtief böse. Sie sitzen den ganzen Tag
Sep 27, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edgar and Ellen, twins who live alone in a big house wearing nothing but footie pajamas, are up to no good. In this series by Charles Ogden, targeted for children ages 9-12, the sneaky twins are always looking for ways to have fun, even (or especially) at the expense of the townspeople.

In this, the first of the series, Edgar and Ellen hatch a scheme to snatch the other kids' pets and morph them into exotic animals (using lots of glue and glitter) and then sell them at exorbitant prices. Why, you
Oct 13, 2012 Owen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What I love about this book is that it could be dark and violent, if it weren't for the fact that it is a funny middle grade book. I mean, they play hide-seek-and-subdue, abduct childrens' pets, and Ellen almost bludgeoned a guy with a mallet!

This book is about twins Edgar and Ellen, who love to cause mayhem on the people of their town, Nod's Limbs. When they decide they need more money for their evil schemes, they abduct the local pets, and transform them into "exotic" creatures, so that they m
This is the kind of book that would benefit wildly from a Colbert or Oprah or Slashdot bump. People have been too tough. There is no reason it should be rated so low. On principle for the crappy rating I almost want to give it a 5.

For kids, or adults that love a Series of Unfortunate Events or Heck, those type of short, easy reads with a beautiful dark comedy (appropriate for kids), this is a winner. It's only a tad over 100 pages, so you can blaze through it. The characters are likable in their
2,6 von 5 Sternen
*Wie kam das Buch zu mir*
Ich hatte bereits Teil 3 („In der Unterwelt“) gelesen und fand es recht gut. Da ich die Zeichnungen genial fand, wollte ich auch die anderen Bücher dieser Reihe lesen.

Ich finde die Covergestaltung und auch die Zeichnungen im Inneren des Buches genial. So herrlich makaber. Zu jedem Kapitel gibt es ein Bild – mal groß, mal klein. Die Kapitel sind meist recht kurz gehalten, was gut ist für ein Kinderbuch.

Ich finde es sehr schw
Jill Elizabeth
Rare Beasts' Edgar & Ellen are extraordinarily precocious twins, of course - it is, after all, de rigeuer for the children in truly clever children's books to be so (precocious that is; twins is just a bonus) - but their particular brand of precocious is one you don't actually see all that often. They are determined havoc-wreakers. Yup, truly nasty children always playing mean-spirited tricks on each other and the world, and reveling in their meanness. The embodiment of this is found in the ...more
Wenny Widy
Mar 03, 2014 Wenny Widy rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-my-pc
Di sebuah kota bernama Nod’s Limb, terdapat sebuah rumah kelabu yang sempit tetapi sangat tinggi. di rumah itulah kedua tokoh utama dalam cerita ini tinggal. Edgar dan Ellen, si kembar yang kehilangan sosok orangtua dan telah berubah menjadi sosok yang nakal. Kenakalannya telah tersohor ke seluruh penjuru kota, bahkan konon kenakalannya telah terlihat sejak mereka masih dalam kandungan. Setelah bosan bermain-main dan melakukan kenakalan yang masuk kategori wajar, mereka berinisiatif untuk melaku ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Nazta rated it liked it
This post was originally posted in Nazta Saari's Journal

Nod’s Limbs merupakan sebuah kota indah yang nyaris di penuhi oleh ‘wilayah kota yang baik’. Kecuali disuatu sudut kota, dimana berdiri sebuah rumah kecil yang dibangun sangat tinggi dengan warna kusam yang menampakkan kesan tidak terawat. Rumah itu dihuni oleh si kembar Edgar dan Ellen yang sudah terkenal kenakalannya.

Setiap harinya, kedua kakak-beradik kembar ini melakukan hal yang berbeda dari kebanyakan anak di Nod’s Limbs. Pada hari ce
May 12, 2008 Asriani rated it really liked it
Di kota Nod’s Limbs tepatnya di persimpangan antara bagian belakang pemakanaman dan jalan Ricketts, terdapat rumah yang sangat tinggi dan kecil berwarna kelabu. Beberapa daun jendela dibiarkan rusak menggelantung. Rumah itu dihinu oleh dua anak kembar yang terkenal dengan kenakalannya,Edgar dan Ellen. Bahkan sejak masih dalam kandungan.

Di dalam rumah yang berdebu dan tak terurus, Edgar dan Ellen yang telah ditinggalkan orang tuannya “berkeliling Dunia” melakukan ritual mereka setiap paginya deng
Edgar & Ellen are terribly mischievous (and parentless) twins with a dark edge. Scratch that - not even a dark edge - a dark chasm. They are caricatures of antiheroes, like villains who take pleasure in rainy days, painful games, and woebegone screaming. Think Addams Family. Due to the dark nature of the characters and the quirky setting, it is often compared to the Series of Unfortunate Events. Unlike the Unfortunate series (or the Addams family), the main characters are difficult to like. ...more
Boo A-c
Jul 17, 2014 Boo A-c rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun books for those who like their fun creepy!
This book is fantastic. There appear to be a lot of unfair comparisons to Lemony Snicket but if anything they are more up there with r Tim Burton's work The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Short Stories.
Fun Read.
For Fans of: Gothic style writings, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
Whats Next: The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and other short stories, Flood and fang (The Raven Mysteries)
Erin Forson
Rare Beasts
by Charles Ogden
Have you ever had a babysitting gig with kids so evil you wondered whether or not they were fathered by the devil himself? A job that even if it paid $50 per hour you would rather chew glass than take? Welcome to the world of Edgar and Ellen. These kids are beyond ornery. They are evil incarnate! Edgar and Ellen come up with a plan to raise money in order to hatch malicious schemes against their neighbors. Everyone in town hates them, and with good reason, but the town
Feb 08, 2008 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, juv, my-reviews
Edgar and Ellen are devious, mischievous twins who were abandoned by their parents. They spend most of their time tormenting their fellow inhabitants of Nod's Limbs, a town famous for its seven covered bridges. The tale is dark and twisted. Edgar and Ellen, desperate for funds for their tricks, kidnap all the pets and town and transform into valuable rare animals using Christmas ornaments, glue, glitter and feathers. They then try to sell their rare animals in town while the rest of the town chi ...more
Apr 26, 2008 Carissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
a newer series with a bid to buy into the lemony snicket fan club. not nearly as subtle or skilled as snicket, but the pictures are interesting. in this volume, they hear that rare animals are worth lots of money, so they steal all of the pets in town and paint and decorate them to disguise them as “rare beasts” then try to sell them back to the townspeople. slight storyline, and maybe i was also turned off by their periodic rhyming songlets. i hate it when authors include rhyming songlets (with ...more
An entertaining read similar to the series od unfortunate events, but creepier. Egar & Ellen are having to raise themselves with the dubious Gardner as a guardian. Their parents made a getaway to be free from their creepiness. Stealing pets and decorating them to look like exotic animals is a scheme thar did not work.
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Charles Ogden is the pen name used by a collection of authors at Star Farm Productions for the Edgar & Ellen book series for children and young adults. The pen name is credited with nine books (with a tenth upcoming), published by both Tricycle Press, and more recently, Simon & Schuster.
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