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Shmuel Yosef

August 25, 2015

I’ve been enjoying your books for about 30 years. Well, there was a big space in between when I was a kid and now, when I picked them up again. There were so many my library didn’t have, and now with ebooks etc… I’m able to read books I always wanted to. I suffered depression as a young kid, and still have issues, and your books really put a smile on my face when nothing else could. Thank you so much. Elijah the prophet told wise man that the only ones who will get into the Next World in the market place were two clowns, because they made the sad happy. Have divine intention, Daniel. You’ll go far with what you do. Thank you so much.

Daniel replies:

The market I use has no clowns, also the prices are too high, and the produce section is lousy.  I'd be willing to drive an hour to a market that has clowns, and better vegetables.  Thanks for your complimentary remarks--I'm glad you're enjoying my books.


August 21, 2015

this man, The Wizard of New Zealand, sounds like a man you would write:

“the city of Christchurch hosted a Wizard’s Conclave in 1995 when visiting colleagues gathered to help build a wizard’s nest on top of the university library tower, to witness the New Zealand Wizard hatching from a giant egg in the city art gallery, sky diving whilst chanting a spell for a major rugby match and performing various rituals round the city. Soon afterwards, accompanied by 42 assistant wizards, he came down by Gondola from the Port Hills with tablets bearing the address of his new web site.” (from the wikipedia article found here

Daniel replies:

I had a friend who was kicked out of the University of Illinois for wizarding on top of their library tower.  He told me he always wanted to go to New Zealand, now I see why.


August 13, 2015

Hi, I just wrote a blog post that mentions you. I explain why a used book junkie like me will occasionally spend the money on a spiffy new book:

There are some living, publishing authors for whom I make an exception of my borrowed and used book policy. I buy their books because I really like what they write. When I can, I buy new copies of their books because they are earning a living writing and publishing books. If I buy a really good secondhand copy, the bookseller makes a small sum. If I buy a new copy, the bookseller makes a small cut, the publisher makes a small cut, and the author gets paid! What a concept!

I list these favorite living and publishing authors including this entry:

Daniel Pinkwater – Read everything you can of his. You will be a better person for it. He is ostensibly a children%u2019s author, and his books are aimed anywhere from the preschool audience to early teens. However, there is a depth and wry observation of our humanity in there that will help educate and enlighten any reader willing to let his word magic work. My favorites are his novels Lizard Music, The Neddiad, and Bushman Lives!

You can read the whole post at:

Daniel replies:

Lovely sentiment.  I'm tempted to share some observations about what happened to the publishing industry in the course of the culture-shift/corporatization, what kind of accounting shenanigans, etc., but I'll just say thanks for reading my stuff, I don't care if you acquire new or used copies, and go over to Amazon where there's a 99-cent sale of my e-titles, different one every day, all this month.


August 8, 2015

Hello Daniel!
I'm not sure if this is something you'd be interested in or just silly fan nonsense, but my friend and I have a project where we make food from our favorite books. And since the Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death is one of my favorites, possibly my most favorite, we made our version of Beanbender's sausages with baked potatoes and beer…and had some adventures along the way.
If you are interested, you can find a report here:

Daniel replies:

Literature inspired by life, life inspired by literature. Here's what inspired the Beanbender's menu in my book, (Beanbender's itself was inspired by one of the real-life beer gardens that I encountered in Chicago in the 1950s, only the beer was not inspiring, and the sausage was some kind of sliced salami on rye, no potatoes): I had a stopover on the way to Africa in Zurich, Switzerland, on a Sunday and everything was closed. There were vendors who'd sell you a slightly burnt sausage and a half-burnt, half-raw, heavy, doughy roll--not a sandwich, the idea was hold the sausage in a piece of paper on one hand, and the roll in a piece of paper in the other. The experience was a combination of awfully good, and awful yet good. The experience of the beer garden in Chicago was a combination of a nice idea, and mediocre drink and food. So, years later, I did what fiction writers do--I created an ideal experience I would have liked to have had, using elements of real-life that suggested an ideal but fell short of it. I read your brilliant account of your brilliant experiment, and I wish I'd been there. If I had, I might have suggested that both the sausages and the potatoes should be just a little bit scorched, also that the whole process should take place outdoors in slightly dangerous-seeming and unsanitary conditions, in unexpected company--which in this case would have been me, turning up by complete chance. I have never had beer as good as the beer I imagined when I wrote that scene. To come anywhere close, it would need to be very very cold.

Melanie McCarville

August 8, 2015

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,
My friend Alyssa Foos has conversed with you over the years. Alyssa suggests I send you a photo I have of lizards on my window. I live in Tucson, Arizona now. I am originally an Albanian (Albany, New York). Lizards are a daily summer sighting in Tucson. I would like to write a book in the future. You are very inspiring. Thank you for being Daniel Pinkwater!!!!!!
%uD83C%uDF34%uD83D%uDC32 Melanie

Daniel replies:

Alyssa Foos is one of my great readers, and may have inspired the title of my yet-unpublished work KAT HATS. No picture of lizards accompanied your message--possibly they escaped through your window. Thank you for thanking me for being me. In turn, may I thank you for being you, an Albanian, and pro-lizard.

Lauren & Stuart

July 30, 2015

Dear Daniel,
Way back in 1997, a fellow named Jeff asked for your fabulous mashed potato recipe %u2014 but you, tragically, had forgotten it.
Fortunately, my husband wrote it down all those ages ago and we made it every Thanksgiving for decades. Unfortunately, we lost the recipe when we moved. We came to your website hoping to find it, but alas!
So, we searched diligently through all our piles of scribbled recipes and %u2014 alleluia %u2014 we found it!
Here's the ingredients:
2 Leeks
Sun-dried tomatoes
Olive oil
Lemon juice

Bon Appetite ~

Lauren & Stuart

Daniel replies:

Sounds yummy. Thank you. This is another proof of my conviction that if you sit around doing practically nothing for long enough the answer to every question will be revealed.


July 26, 2015

Phillip K. Dick is often praised for his prescience, a visionary quality which among others, sets him on an Olympus of speculative fiction writers. (I myself concur with this assessment, although I consider his greatest quality to be that his work was always first and foremost about the human condition.)

Well folks, Daniel M. Pinkwater is another such Olympian%u2014not only for his lighthearted take on the human condition in work that, like Twain, can be enjoyed by all ages%u2014but also, like Dick, for his prescience.

Who else but Pinkwater was predicting almost 40 years ago that the Avocado milkshake would one day be enjoyed by millions of Westerners? It's true that back then we didn't know they would be called "smoothies" and "bubble tea", yet it is undeniable that these wonderful and healthy confections have become firmly established in the gustatory rotation of the discerning consumer, both gourmet and gourmand, and continue to grow ever more popular.

Kudos to you, Mr. Pinkwater!

Do you know where I can get some Dr. Nut soda? (It has long been my dream to try some, and I heard you might have a line on a secret stash 😉

Daniel replies:

I've been under the impression that Dr. Nut was one of those urban myths--like gluten-free pizza. But, it's likely some other visitors to this site will have specific information.

Jenny Smith

July 7, 2015

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,

Let me just begin by telling you that I have enjoyed your books for years. You are single handedly responsible for opening my eyes to clam chowder with coffee, as well as a deep love of baked potatoes slathered with salt and butter. I am now enjoying sharing your stories with my young sons, aged 4 &5. Henrietta and the blue moose have captured their hearts. With that being said, whenever anyone mentions Chicago, you are the first person I think of. My family and I are taking a trip this summer that will give us one day in Chicago. If you were to spend only one day in Chicago with two little boys that aren't into video games but can recite Dr. Seuss and a husband who wants nothing more than a legitimite Chicago dog, where would you go? Thank you for all you do!

Daniel replies:

Actually, I have not been in Chicago for 25 years, so I don't know which is the hot hot dog stand. If I had one day to show someone the sights, I would pick the Art Institute, and the interior floors of the Fine Arts Building, across the street more or less. At the same time, the architecture and the look of the Loop. Ask any fat person where to get the best hot dog. Or, the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Beatrice Red Star Fletcher

July 7, 2015

Mr. Pinkwater,

I really like your books, my father has read almost all of them to me. We are currently reading The Worms of Kukumlima. We are considering naming our next dog Fafner. Are you going to write a new book? If so what will it be about? I have two dogs and a cat, the cat's name is Mr. coconut.

Thank you, and let me know if you ever visit Portland, Oregon.

From Beatrice Red Star Fletcher

Daniel replies:

Thank you for liking my books, and telling me that you do. Please give my best wishes to your father, the two dogs, and Mr. Coconut. Yes, I am going to write a new book, and no, I do not know what it is about....yet, but I have a few ideas.

Ann Nappa

July 7, 2015

Hello Mr. Pinkwater. I'm just saying hi and wishing you a great day– cause I think you are awesome! Thanks for all the great stuff you have added to my time on the planet!! :)

Daniel replies:

Wow. Thanks. You are awesome yourself.