Talk to DP Forum


October 3, 2015

Dear Mr. Pinkwater;
did you finish writing Escape to Dwerg Mountain? I really want to read it. I read the Adventures of a Cat Whiskered Girl and I loved it! I am 7 years old and I have Asperger’s. I am now reading the Yddysey. I love your books!

Daniel replies:

No, I never finished Escape to Dwerg Mountain, but I wrote THE NEDDIAD, and BUSHMAN LIVES!  Which are similar in some ways.  Many of my best readers have Asperger's, I have noticed.  Not so many are 7 years old and able to read my novels.  Thanks for being a reader!

Angela Haut

October 3, 2015

I am an ESL teacher who just finished reading I Was A Second Grade Werewolf with some of my wonderful students. We are having a heated debate as to whether Lawrence really was a werewolf and nobody noticed or whether he was just imagining/pretending the whole thing. We’ve got some convincing arguments on both sides of the issue but would love to hear what you were thinking when you wrote the story. Let us know if you’d like to hear more about our perspective on the issue. The jury’s still out! 😉

Daniel replies:

This is what I was thinking when I wrote the story, (or any story I have ever written, or might write):  The book is not finished until you read it.  I mean, you, the reader, not me, the writer.  It doesn't matter whether I think the boy was a werewolf or just imagining being one.  Once I am done with the writing, and the book is printed, and in your hands, it is yours as much as mine--and what matters is what you think.  So, both ideas can be correct, and you can even make up more of the story in your heads, or write it down and make a whole other story.  If you are thinking about it, it's your story now.  I hope you have fun with it.

Donald de Raadt

September 29, 2015

Could you please identify the piano pieces in the target-spot of ABC piano. There is one that I particularly like but I cannot guess the piece of the composer. Thanks in advance!

Daniel replies:

Sorry, I am just an announcer on the station, and not able to answer your programming question.  Possibly you can ask at (click on "support").  Hope this helps.

Hemu Nayak

September 29, 2015

Hey Mr. Pinkwater this is an unsolicited message saying – “You are great!”
I was sitting today on my couch reading ALAN MENDESON, the BOY FROM MARS, with my son about 30 some years after I first read it and loved it. It’s about the best book from my childhood. My son, Mohan loves it just as much decades later. Where is Klugarsh Mind Control offered for sale on this website? Can’t I get a copy of the Yojimbo Japanese English dictionary here? Don’t you sell cornmuffins and excellent hotchocolate?
This book should be back in print and in bookstores everywhere!

Daniel replies:

I had a dysfunctional family, a poor education, and insufficient talent to do things I wanted to do, so I became a writer.  Now I'm great.  Funny how things work out.  You can find many books of mine as Kindle editions on Amazon.  Some of them are good.  If Mohan liked Alan Mendelsohn, there may be others he likes too.

Rob Tourtelot

September 22, 2015

Hello there! My wife and I were at dinner with an author friend and her husband the other night, and she asked what book from childhood had stuck with us the most. The instant, easy answer for me: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars, which I read in 6th grade, back in 1982. My daughter’s only 7 1/2, but she lives for books, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I bought a copy and have been reading it to her nightly. It’s as brilliant and hilarious as remembered–with so much heart. She’s a shy kid, and connected with it immediately, of course. I just wanted to say thank you, and let you know how much we’re enjoying these nightly reading sessions together–my daughter hearing it for the first time, and me feeling the nostalgia of revisiting this treasured book from my own childhood. It’s such a pleasure sharing it with her.

Much appreciation and well wishes from a grateful (re)reader, and father of an ardent new fan.

Kind regards,

Rob Tourtelot
Rhinecliff, NY

Daniel replies:

Thanks for the gratifying message.  I'm delighted you and your daughter are enjoying Alan Mendelsohn, and Oblong Books in Rhinebeck can suggest other books of mine which I wrote later, after learning how.

ann dee

September 20, 2015

what do you think of andy kaufman?

do you think he’s still alive? you seem to share an aversion to fame.

Daniel replies:

I think Andy Kaufman was really funny and talented.  The general belief is that he died.  I assume this is so, because if it was a gag he would have gotten tired of it by now.  I am comparatively famous, it doesn't bother me.  Probably because I went to school in Hollywood with children of movie stars, and also because I read books about Zen Buddhism when that was all the rage, I never got addicted, which was very lucky.

Alter Raubvogel

September 4, 2015

On a recent camping trip to a national park about four hours from home, my kids and I – ages 5.5, 8.5, 13, 15.5, 17, and 46 – listened to a few of your audiobooks. We started shortly after leaving home, and we didn’t get to the bitter end till two days later. I don’t know about 5.5, but the rest of the kids and I had a blast. (5.5 didn’t complain, but she didn’t laugh too much, either. I think a lot of the humor, plot, etc., were lost on her.) Most frequent complaint from the kids, generally as we arrived at another cave tour, scenic overlook, picnic area: “Aww! Why did you have to turn off the car?” Thanks for coming along!
Next summer, we’ll probably bring your voice along again. If you want, we can send it a postcard as a memento of the experience. Just e-mail me with a postal address.

Daniel replies:

Possibly 5.5 is a writer, and was aware of the shortcomings in the books.  I think it's pretty weird that you have named your kids numerically.  Are you a member of some new-age cult, or were you perhaps visiting the national park from somewhere else in the galaxy?

Grace Wynter

September 1, 2015

Hi, I just wanted to say that your novel, Borgel, created a lifelong love of goofy time travel stories. My father introduced your work to me when I was smaller than I am now, and I reread your work to feel close to him again. Thank you for your work.
-Grace Wynter, 17 year old time travel enthusiast.
P.S. I took that state test with the pineapple story, and kids in my class were telling the punchline for weeks, if not months, to follow.

Daniel replies:

"Smaller than I am now," suggests you are still quite small, as in, "even smaller than I am now."  I am happy to have readers of every size.  When you were smaller, would you say you were the size of, say, a mouse?  Or are you in fact a mouse?  I am happy to have readers of every species.  Which punchline, mine in the original story, or theirs in the wacky adaptation?

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.