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 eggplant), his travel guide.
The story is written from two perspectives: that of Gemini on his journey through Toonopolis, and that of Agent Mimic in the form of correspondence where you learn the reason that Gemini is in Toonopolis. The segments with Agent Mimic then to remind you that the story does have a basis in the real world when it would be very easy to forget and lose yourself in the cartoon world. The journey of Gemini and Jimbob takes a lot of strange turns, with some very humorous references to a wide variety of topics (my favorite was the turn based video game).
This book qualifies as young adult, but can be read and enjoyed by anyone. At some point I will be reading this book to my daughter and I'm sure when she is able to read she will read it to herself as well. I look forward to seeing what else Jeremy Rodden has to offer.
Also available in Hardcover Toonopolis: Gemini