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Chad

August 22, 2016

Hi Mr. Pinkwater!

I just re-read "Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars" as the 44-year-old adult that I now am (having read it many, many times as a kid). It really holds up, and the adult characters are even better at 44 🙂

I have many unanswered questions about the book, but perhaps the one I'd most like answered is: was the Bermuda Triangle Chili Parlor based on a real place? Have you, in real life, eaten Green Death chili? I'm thinking of opening such a place when I retire (with your permission, of course!)

Fondly,
Chad

Daniel replies:

You don't need my permission to retire. I have been in some chili joints a sane person would cross the street to avoid breathing nearby, and I still wake up screaming when I dream of a chile I ate in Africa in 1967. As we age, we tend to become less robust. I suggest you take this into account, and name your enterprise, RETIRED PERSON'S CHILI PARLOR.

Alicia Cheatham

August 22, 2016

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,
Fat Men from Space was my first ever favorite book, and you my first ever favorite author. I read Fat Men when I was in fifth grade, 30-odd years ago and am beside myself now, as a new fifth grade teacher, reading your stories to my own class. We're in the midst of Cat Whiskered Girl, and it gets applause at the end of each chapter. Thank you! If we do an author study, maybe we could send you some interview questions?
Alicia Cheatham
Clifford Street Elementary
Los Angeles

Daniel replies:

Do other authors get mail like this? I suppose so. Still, your first-ever favorite book, and now a book of mine gets applause when you read to your class. (Probably the applause is for such a neat teacher--but I'm associated.) Wow. You can send me interview questions, yes you can.

Allison Mintz

August 22, 2016

WHAT IS YOUR PINEAPPLE STORY DANIEL

Daniel replies:

There are 8,000,000 pineapple stories in the naked pineapple city. Mine is one of them.

marie jones

August 22, 2016

Mr. Pinkwater,

I am a high school drama teacher in Wake Forest, NC who has always admired eggplant and your stories. My students and I provide an educational matinee series for elementary children in our county. We would like to present a dramatization of your story, "The Big Orange Splot," as one of our selections this year with your permission.

Admiror unicornium,
Marie Jones

Daniel replies:

I am honored. You have my permission provided it is for school use, and you do not charge admission, or sell copies, transcriptions, videos, long playing 33 1/3 rpm grooved stereo phonograph records, player piano rolls, or polaroid photographs. Also you may not broadcast it on radio, TV, wifi, the internet, flashing lights or semaphore, sell it to Hollywood, or commission a Broadway musical based on the book. And you may not teach chickens to sing the words while accompanying themselves on guitars, (however, if you can do that, I would be willing to talk.) I think that covers everything, and good luck.

Sherril Smoger-Kessous

August 22, 2016

Dear Daniel Pinkwater,

I have written you before and likely asking the same thing I'm about to ask now.

You used to participate in the NPR Weekend Edition radio program with Scott Simon called "children's literature with daniel pinkwater" and I think I looked forward to them, more than anything else. I loved hearing you and Daniel read and review the children's books that you would bring in to the program. In fact, I loved them so much, that I often went out to buy them for a library I was forming for "potential grandchildren" (my 30 year old children have yet to grace me with them, but there's always hope, thus the library development). My very first was Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart by Vera B. Williams. After that I also bought, not necessarily in this order, Henry Builds a Cabin by D. B. Johnson, Little Beauty by Anthony Brown and perhaps the very best, Beautiful Yetta The Yiddish Chicken by Daniel Pinkwater, Illustrated by Jill Pinkwater. I just listened again to the reading of it in in the NPR archives. What an absolute joy!

So, I'm wondering why it stopped? Bring it back! Bring it back! Please!!!

Sherril from New Jersey

Daniel replies:

I wondered why it stopped too. It was a lot of fun, and it went on for about 14 years, (maybe that's why it stopped). You show good taste in your choice of books to buy.

Rickles

August 7, 2016

Mr pinkwater:I am writing for a very odd reason. Im really just seeing how your doing! "That's not very odd", you might say. But really, people don't take the time to check in on anyone anymore what with their blogs and Pokemen (or whatever the plural of that stuff is). Anyway, I read 'Lizard Music' for the first time in the fourth grade and after the inevitable happened (it having blown my mind and radically shaping nearly every part of me including an undying love of chickens and run-on sentences), I filed it and the memory of you away in my brain for quite a long time. Don't worry you were next to the bathroom and a bunch of old 'Mad' magazines up their in my brain. I came across my cherished copy of Lizard Music today (you inscribed it to me some years ago and even drew a picture of a handsome man that is either you or Ricardo Montabon) and it made me think "How the heck is that guy anyway?? " So? How you doing???

Daniel replies:

Doing about the same, and hope you are as well. (What do you mean "run-on sentences?")

Amber Grey

August 7, 2016

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,
I am truly fascinated by your books and would love to have your opinions about a grand deal of things. I have just read Blue Moose and loved it completely. Would you be interested in doing any interviews or readings for us?
Warmest regards,
Amber Grey

Daniel replies:

"Us?" Who's us? Amber Grey? Could have something to do with perfume, or whales?

BH in Maryland

August 7, 2016

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,
Could you please get in touch with Osgood Sigerson and Ormond Sacker to let them know that we may be expecting a new rash of criminal activity by Wallace Nussbaum in the near future? This news, which cannot have escaped the notice of Nussbaum, seems to indicate we may be on the verge of something big:
www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/46658/title/Orangutan-Imitates-Human-Speech/
Additionally, I noticed avocados were on sale this past week at my local supermarket; I am not a believer in the concept of "coincidences".
Thank you very much for relaying this crucial information.

Daniel replies:

Human residents of the areas to which orangutans are indigenous have, for a very long time, maintained that the apes can speak, but are careful not to let humans know for sure, lest they then put them to work. Outsiders, being arrogant and generally racist, assumed this was just folklore or an old joke. Many things get missed this way.

R G-S

July 11, 2016

Just another acknowledgement of appreciation by a parent who raised a healthy happy and successful kid with liberal doses of Pinkwater readings. I miss terribly NPR's Christmas readings of "Wizard Crystal" (which I preferred to the annual reading of "Grandma Stambaugh's Sour Cream Cranberry Sauce Recipe") and I really think that in an era of weight-loss and fitness guru-ery ("guru-dom"? "guru-ism"?) the world would be well-served by your marketing of plaques, t-shirts, and even books devoted to the wisdom of the Gorilla in "Fat Elliot And The Gorilla".

Daniel replies:

Thanks for acknowledging. Of course, I repent of Fat Elliot and the Gorilla because it suggests it is quite possible for a fat kid to lose weight, whereas it is barely possible and I did not know that, but should have, and should have shown it. At the time I wrote that book, I had lost 100 pounds, and thought that was the accomplishment. I have since written several books in which fat kids do various happy healthy and successful things other than play against somatotype.

Andy

July 1, 2016

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,
Did you hear about the large helium discovery in Tanzania?
www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36651048

This reaffirms my belief in the wisdom of The Worms of Kukumlima.

Andy

Daniel replies:

And yet I couldn't get anyone to invest in my sticky blob company.