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flo ellis

April 12, 2017

hello daniel…i am a retired elementary teacher of more than 25 years… i am a 72 year old grandma of a beutiful …just beginning to read five year old granddaughter for whom i am trying to put together a project about authors and their works. i am setting the project up according to author birthdays and my research shows you born both in november and december. now we all – including my five year old granddaughter know that cannot be true. could you please clarify for us so we can include you and your work properly in our project ..please please and thank you… flo ellis

Daniel replies:

I was born in November.  In December, I continued to have been born, but if you calculate from when I was first born, it's November.

Katie Olmstead

April 12, 2017

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,
Here I am, on the far side of middle age, and for the first time, I own my own home. No husband, no kids, just me and two little black cats, but they don’t get a say in how I have decorated my house. My inspiration was “The Big Orange Splot,” remembered from reading it over and over some 25 years ago to my daughters. I knew I wanted color, a lot of color. I took out library books on color and flipped through them over and over until I found the pages that made my heart sing. Jewel tones of burnished orange, teal, purple, deep rose, and one room was inspired by the black cat who wears a red collar. Black futon against a fire engine red wall. “My house is me and I am it. My house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams.” Mr. Plumbean and his neighbors would understand.

Daniel replies:

It is very nice to be thought of as having inspired something!

Christine

April 12, 2017

I just wanted to say Thank you for the Bear and Bunny books……..My son and his wife call each other bunny and bear. While looking for an anniversary present I found your books………….they are perfect. Do you have any plans to write more…………….maybe bear and bunny have an offspring?
thank you again for time and talent

Daniel replies:

I don't think the bear and bunny are a married couple, (but as a reader, you're entitled to your own interpretation).  I was going to do more, but the publisher didn't want any.  (They said they'd like to see something else, "just as good."  I'm looking for another publisher, just as good, or preferably better.)  I hope I get to work with Will Hillenbrand again.

Daniel replies:

I'm going to study these.  Thanks!

April 5, 2017

Is it possibly that you were a (my) 4th grade teacher in Skokie ok?

Daniel replies:

No, but I remember Skokie.

savanna Marie fishback

April 5, 2017

how long have you’ve been writing for and how old are you

Daniel replies:

64 years and 75 years.

Carmen

March 18, 2017

We are very fond of the Mrs. Noodlekugel books (Bear too) in our house and are wondering when we might see another delightful story published.

Yours truly, Carmen, Eliana (6) and Elijah (3).

Daniel replies:

Probably never.  Sorry.  Not my fault.  Publisher doesn't want any more.  No idea why--they seem to sell plenty.  Publishers are strange.  I will write some other things.

Eleni Trikou

March 12, 2017

Hi!
I am a 3rd grader, and I am doing an essay about you.
I have a question, can you please answer it?
What is your favorite hobby to do besides writing and drawing?

Daniel replies:

My favorite hobby is learning about dogs, training dogs, playing and walking with my dog.  I only have one dog at present, but maybe soon we will adopt another one.  At one time we had four dogs.  Dogs are interesting, and also nice.

Jacob Schwartz

March 9, 2017

Do you know what happened to Richard Simmons? Any clues?

Daniel replies:

Operates a bowling alley in Indianapolis?

Robin

March 9, 2017

Dear Mt. Pinkwater,
My son who enjoyed your books so much when he was in middle school is now several years into college. He’s reading heavy books by Russian authors. Consequently, he’s always depressed. I’ve slipped a copy of one of your collections of stories into his rucksack the last time he was home. So far he hasn’t said anything, but I’m hopeful he’ll read them again.
Best Fishes,
Rboin

Daniel replies:

That's right, distract him with lightweight nonsense--bring his grades down.