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The Yggyssey: How Iggy Wondered What Happened to All the Ghosts, Found Out Where They Went, and Went There (Neddie & Friends #2)

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A sequel to critically acclaimed THE NEDDIAD told from the point of view of Ned's friend, Iggy

La Brea Woman is missing. Valentino, too. The ghosts of Los Angeles are disappearing right and left!

Iggy Birnbaum is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, no matter what Neddie Wentworthstein and Seamus Finn say.

There’s just the little matter of traveling to another pla
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2008)
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Aug 02, 2009 Agathafrye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids of all ages
Recommended to Agathafrye by: Carrie, indirectly.
Shelves: juvenile, funny
Another classic Pinkwater romp. Yggdrasil, Neddie, and Seamus set off on an adventure to see why all of their ghost friends from the Hermione Hotel have disappeared, and where they have gone. They end up in an alternate reality where kids are randomly rounded up and brainwashed with TV in a hole in the ground, and people do urban mountaineering on buildings, and the police are dogs, etc. etc. My favorite part of the book is when the group finds a community of tiny hippies called Hoopies that fee ...more
So I was very taken in by the name of the book. I was also drawn by the Neil Gaiman blurb on the cover. What neither of these can account for however is how a kids' book (and not typical young adult, but like 8-11) ended up with the grown up books. This isn't typically a genre I'd read, but I'll do my best to be fair.

To begin with I did enjoy the books. The 2 page chapters and super short sentences took some getting used to, but overall Pinkwater had a good rhythm to things. There are some obvi
Apr 06, 2014 Saul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This is a fine second installment of the series. I'm not sure I love the idea that Neddie is no longer the first person narrator, but that's no big deal. And while the Pinkwater wacky world generator is going full tilt, it seems very much like an Alice in Wonderland tale. This surely would make a nice movie one day, with all sorts of weird creatures and giant talking heads. I loved the imagery.

Highly recommended as good bedtime reading with kids.
Jen Naughton
May 29, 2017 Jen Naughton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm turning into a Daniel Pinkwater fangirl. I'm searching out the rest of his books right now. A worthy successor to The Neddaid. I loved the ghosts and thought it was almost like an X-Files episode. It's free on Kindle Unlimited right now. Looking forward to finishing up with the Cat-Whiskered Girl.
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was the sequel to Pinkwater's "The Neddiad". While this book wasn't as hilarious and quirky as "The Neddiad" it was still a great read.

Iggy is wondering why the ghosts that live in the hotel her and her parents permanently inhabit are disappearing. With the help of the main characters from the Neddiad (Neddie and Seamus) she tries to find out. As with the Neddiad the path to the answer is funny, not at all straight-forward, and full of general craziness.

I was excited that this book was
Naseer Karim
The book yggyssey is a very odd book in my opinion it has a very unique storyline. This girl named Yggdrasil other known as iggy and she lives with ghosts. There is her pet bunny who is telling her about a place where all the ghosts go. She decides that she has to get down to the bottle of where the ghosts all disappear to. As iggy takes this journey into all these mysterious places to find where all the ghosts go. She brings along a few friends and face a few difficult challenges along the way ...more
Kate Mcatee
Iggy is in a city full of ghosts, he lives in a hotel in Los Angeles and thinks of the ghosts as nothing significant. Her friends Neddie and Seamus are all for the ghost life as well, and these three friends make a great team on the adventure that begins throughout this story.
The three friends go to two different schools, Iggy is at one where there is "no stress" allowed. Anything and everything is boring and everything is optional. This is the life Iggy lives, and it is anything but extraordi
Sarah Sammis
The Yggssey by Daniel Pinkwater is the sequel to The Neddiad. As the Greek inspired title implies, this book follows Iggy, aka Yggdrasil. She is the girl who lives in a hotel haunted by Hollywood movie star ghosts. She's noticed now that the ghosts are going missing and she decides to figure out why they're leaving and where they are going.

If The Neddiad was Pinkwater's Iliad, or more specifically, a long on-going war, ultimately decided not by a horse but a turtle, then The Yggssey is the autho
Jul 19, 2012 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never reviewed this when I added it to my list here, but I have notes I made at the time I read it:

I liked how Pinkwater shamelessly exploited his knowledge of Yiddish to create a bunch of funny insider jokes. For example, in the second book there is a Nisei character named Ken Ahara who is studying ghostology. (His name sounds like a common Yiddish expression for averting the Evil Eye--his advisor is Professor Malocchio.) Kid A liked it that people said "Bupkis!" Really there were a lot of f
Nov 27, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gr 4-6
In this wacky sequel to The Neddiad, Yggdrasil Birnbaum (Iggy for short), and her friends live in the residential Hermione Hotel, talking and hanging out with movie stars, cowboys, and ghosts (famous and not so famous). When Iggy’s ghost friends start to disappear, she wants to know why. In this parallel of the Odyssey, Iggy and three friends follow her ghost bunny friend, Chase, through a portal into a zany underworld full of familiar and unfamiliar characters from myths and fairy tales.
Jan 24, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit stranger (somehow) and shorter than the Neddiad (at least it seemed like it) and there seemed to be a number of things unresolved by the end. Not sure if Pinkwater had intended to write a trilogy of books when he started writing the Neddiad but this book has some of the makings of a middle story. Very funny, very strange with lots of weird bits of pop culture thrown in for good measure and quite a bit more sarcastic than the first book, owing to the book being narrated by Yggdrasil aka Ygg ...more
Nick Fagerlund
It was no Lizard Music, but it was pretty charming.

A difference from the other Pinkwater I’ve read was that this was self-consciously historical, taking place in the he ’50s instead of a vague present-day-at-the-time-of-publication. Wait, no, come to think of it, The Education of Robert Nifkin was historical too. But there’s, like… Well, insert thought here about portal fantasies having more tooth when they’re set in a contested present day rather than a past that has already been rendered safe,
Judi Paradis
So SILLY! Iggy is the child of an old-timey movie star and a psychiatrist who believes in letting kids do whatever they like. She lives in an old Hollywood hotel that is full of ghosts. Her friends, who attend a military academy, also are friendly with ghosts. When the kids notice the ghosts are all disappearing they follow a ghostly bunny into an alternate universe that seems a lot like New Jersey, except for the evil witches and mean dictator. The kids battle evil, relate lots of information a ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, apparantly I have gone and read another book that is a sequel without reading the book that comes before it again. That is ok, you don't have to have read the prior book to enjoy this one. Written for children in grades 4 to 9 or so, this is a cute and funny book about Yggdrasil Birnbaum who lives in a haunted hotel and goes on adventure to find out where her ghost friends have been disappearing to. Set in LA in the early 1950s with the ghosts of Rudolph Valentino, LaBrea girl , Chase, the g ...more
Aug 10, 2009 Sps rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle, story, setting, fantasy
A fun addition to the story begun in The Neddiad. This one I didn't love quite as much, since it didn't have as much about Los Angeles in it (though it did have some, in the beginning especially), and I kept forgetting that Yggy was the protagonist/narrator. She didn't seem as differentiated from the narrative voice of Neddie as I would have expected and liked. Nonetheless, Pinkwater is fabulous and I would snap up another of his books in a heartbeat. No one else can write about labrador retriev ...more
Aug 16, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Yggdrasil Birnbaum (you can call her Iggy, but she won't like it) and her friends find that the only thing that makes 1950's Los Angeles tolerable is the large ghost population. But when the ghosts start disappearing from the very haunted residential hotel where Iggy's family lives, she decides to follow them to another existential plane, where there's a big ghost party (ghosts will go anywhere for a good party). Along with her pals Neddy and Seamus, she finds more than she bargained for on anot ...more
Sep 29, 2014 Katherine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This was a great Pinkwater romp through his always engaging twisted mind. It seemed a little sloppy in spots though - it was never shown why Iggy ws BFFs with Chase, the ghost bunny rabbit, I never believed that the main character was female, and some tertiary characters kept being introduced as though they were new to the story, I also got tired of the reference to something big that happened in the prequel to this book, which was never explained, just referenced to death. My favorite thing abo ...more
Recommended for gr. 5-8. Sequel to The Neddiad by Pinkwater. Minor references were made to The Neddiad, but as far as I could tell, no previous knowledge was needed to enjoy this story. In this humorous fantasy set somewhere in the 1940's, Iggy (short for Yggdrasil) is friends with a number of ghosts, several of them famous people, who live in her apartment building in Los Angeles. With the help of two friends, she travels to an alternate reality to discover where the ghosts have been disappeari ...more
John Bladek
Jun 29, 2009 John Bladek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequal to the Neddiad brings back the same weird kids, but is narrated by Iggdrasil Birnbaum rather than Neddie. Iggy was actually a more interesting character in the first book. Her oddities were more pronounced as a secondary character occassionally setting Neddie and Seamus straight than they are telling her story, which turns out to be a bizarre version of the Wizard of Oz. This book is also shorter on the quirkiness of post-war LA that ran through the Neddiad. All the weird places like ...more
Sep 17, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Great book. Greater author I'd do anything to meet. I want to post the entire Chapter 47: Kind Hearts and Crunchy Granola, but will let you discover it yourself. Here's a bit: the group, in their journey, comes across a settlement of aging hippies at a riverbank. The hippies notice the children are hungry and offer food, "I bet you kiddies would like some breakfast. Help us carry the baskets of fish and we'll lay some nutrition on you." I can not wait to say "lay some nutrition on you". It may ...more
Apr 22, 2009 Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect follow-up to the Neddiad. It is a little shorter and easier to read (with shorter chapters) but it still packs in all the fun and wierd, wonderful adventure. It takes a pretty much completely different route than the Neddiad did, and only refers to the other book once in a while (so you can not have read it and still read Yggyssey). Refreshing, intelligent, and funny. I learned lots of interesting things, like who invented the smoothie. Plus, any book that prominently feature ...more
Nov 11, 2009 Randy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Same whimsical nature as Neddiad, but not quite as good. It seemed the author ran out of time, or steam, or had a creative block: the end was too fast, too rushed. Also, toward the end, the author seemed to stop describing his own world and start borrowing elements from other worlds.

What the reason for this is, I don't know. But, I do know that the third book in this "series", if it can be called that, is currently in the works. "Adventures of a cat-whiskered girl". Slight disappointments with Y
Fuzzy Gerdes
Aug 09, 2009 Fuzzy Gerdes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where The Neddiad was (kinda, sorta, mostly) set in the real world, The Yggyssey (How Iggy Wondered What Happened to All the Ghosts, Found Out Where They Went, and Went There) starts in the same world, but quickly moves to a parallel, more surreal world where Iggy, a young woman introduced in the first book, makes a perilous, episodic journey (much like, say, The Odyssey).
Brenda Jimenez
Apr 22, 2012 Brenda Jimenez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a good book for anyone who likes a bit of mystery and silliness. This is a book about a girl named Yggrasil who is friends with military school students and plenty of ghosts, her best friend being a black bunny ghost. Her father is a retired old west cowboy actor. When she hears the news that some of the ghosts in an old haunted hotel are going missing , her and her friends set off to find out where they went and go there. they run into trouble and meet new friends along the way.
Jordan Funke
Round two was not quite as entertaining as round one, but still good. There was less suspense in this book. A lot of little mysteries and one big adventure, but nothing to keep you in the book for hours. Easy to put down and read in pieces. The main character, Yggy, was not as interesting from her own point of view as she was from her male friend's pov. I liked how in the first book they were totally confused by her. This book would be hard to read without reading the first one.
Feb 10, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
A good children's book stretches the imagination, delight and concentration of the child and simultaneously entertain the adult. This author does that and does it well.

My husband read this aloud to our children and we were all delighted by the story. Pinkwater does not explain his humor and his irony; he just lets you get it all on your own, which is what strengthens the writing.

I especially recommend it to be read aloud.
May 15, 2009 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no way to explain a Pinkwater book or describe its plot without sounding like a lunatic or someone on drugs. The only thing you can do is just tell someone to relax and read it. I loved the sly nods he gave to old movies, old books and old actors as well as allusions to various mystical and religious beliefs. And I probably missed half of them. Lots of fun to read. And wouldn't it make a great book discussion book?
Feb 13, 2011 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-kids
I like living inside Daniel Pinkwater's brain. I would equate the story to reading a book for kids about Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

There are some parallels to the Oddyssey, but there's great stuff beyond that, too. A shaman has a solution to a problem, but cautions Yggdrasil and her friends that using his solution will limit their personal growth from the experience. Elements like that interspersed with general silliness make this a worthwhile read.
Jan 05, 2014 Elinor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Really enjoyed this one. It fit with the wacky storytelling style of the Neddiad, which keeps it interesting for an older reader even when the content isn't "adult". Every time I read another book in those group I think how much I wish they had been around when I was growing up as a very intelligent kid with a reading disability - they're great as an easier read that never feels boring or immature.
Robyn Hawk
Jun 10, 2009 Robyn Hawk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, young-adult
Fans of the Neddiad will be excited to see this fun romp of fans of Neddie, Seamus and Iggy set off on a new adventure.

When Iggy finds out that her name Yggdrasil is a name for the "World Tree", a giant ash that links together the various worlds (or planes of existence), the events of her life come together.

You see, she and her friends hang out in an old Hollywood hotel inhabited by ghosts of the silent era and the famous La Brea Woman.

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Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that ...more
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