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Tim Davis

December 5, 2016

Just read Blue Moose to my four year old in bed. He laughed uproariously throughout, then crashed off to sleep. I think this book should be re-issued, with new, and more, color illustrations. It's a goddamn hit waiting to happen!
Thanks.

Daniel replies:

It's been reissued and reissued over the years with the nice B&W illos. Glad your kid enjoyed. Bard? I think I went there.

ozhekno fielder

November 27, 2016

what are your thoughts on the election of donald trump and the intrusion of white nationalism into the mainstream? do you have any advice for people who are scared?

Daniel replies:

My advice is do not be scared, be active. It is up to us citizens to help the President all we can--this would include helping him understand that it is a job, not the same as being a mogul, and we are his bosses. Oppose any act or statement that you feel does not reflect the character and interests of the nation. Get in the habit of writing and calling your congressional representatives, following the news, and participating in organized protest when called for. I don't believe "white nationalists" are really part of the mainstream, the big meeting they held last week in Washington was attended by around 200 sick men. They remain a minority, and one of the things we have to help our President with is understanding that decent Americans despise their views, (and possibly his).

Greg Crystal

November 14, 2016

Dear Mr. Pinkwater:
Your delightful books help cheer people up and are like cool neighbors who brighten your day. Also, salad spinners are indeed time machines for mice and insects. Bye!

Daniel replies:

You know, if you carefully inspect the produce at the market, you won't have so many mice and insects in your salads.

glauber

November 14, 2016

Hello, Captain, thank you for the special message. It was very good to hear that story again. It's humbling to think that the small stuff we do may be the most significant in the end. Although i thought there would be an ironic ending this time: "… and the name of that student who visited me that night, so long ago… was… Donald Trump!" (quick cut).

Always good to hear your voice. Happy almost birthday.

Love, glauber.

Daniel replies:

It's a completely true story--in fact, I'd forgotten I ever told it before. Thanks for appreciating.

Yam

November 11, 2016

Dear Daniel Pinkwater,
Today, Google points out that it is Walter Cronkite's 100th birthday, and I wanted to celebrate it as Reynold and Helen and Raymond and Victor and the Claudia and the rest of the gang might. And share it with you, too, of course. Cheers! To Walter!
Yam is a name you gave me, oh, pushing about twenty years ago… my kid sister was dubbed Wuggie Norple as a toddler, and so we each got Pinkwater aliases… mine is just a little bit better, as it was given – awarded? – rather than taken.
OK, so, for the record, Lizard Music is my favorite, but The Big Orange Splot is a Design Manifesto, and I love that, too. The list goes on… thanks so much for all the stories, images, inspiration and laughs.
with great admiration, Yam

Daniel replies:

Do you ever quote Popeye? "I yam what I yam and that's all that I yam?" Happy Walter Cronkite centenary!

henrietta the giant chicken

November 11, 2016

I was just thinking and I wanted to let you know that when I was a chubby little kid I was abused, by some of the people who were supposed to love and nurture me, about my weight. (It ended up making me pretty sick and now I'm dealing with the consequences, and healing.) But I just wanted to say thank you for giving me, with your books, a little shred of positive representation of fat kids to hold onto, for planting the seed in my mind that if these kids were cool and happy and interesting and wonderful, then I could be too.

I'm crying a little. You're a bright light in this world!

Daniel replies:

Sorry if this applies to family members or anyone you're supposed to like. People who make a point of disapproving of people because of their size/shape are no different from people who disapprove of people because of the shade of their skin, or their religion, or where they or their ancestors came from. They have a problem. I don't. I choose to be a happy person, and I've had a wonderful life so far--I doubt the people who make up my world ever even think about my size. As for me, sometimes I'm driving and I notice a great big guy making his way along the sidewalk like a ship under full sail, and I think, "Damn, that's a handsome guy." Then I realize he looks just like me.

Alex From Ann Arbor

October 23, 2016

When I was in 7, my Mom bought me "The Big Orange Splot" and read it with me. I discovered the concept of what it meant to be unique and that accepting that people's differences should embraced. It sparked in me my lifelong identity as a dreamer and introduced me to creativity, I loved it.

When I was 10, my Mom bought me your "5 Novels" book and my personal favorite, "Borgel". She would read them with me at night. Whether it was Borgel, The Last Guru, Alan Meldenson etc…the thing I remember most fondly is that we enjoyed them and laughed together. We bonded over our newly discovered weird sense of humor. I loved it.

Many years later when she was losing her battle with cancer, I read to her. I read "The Big Orange Splot" and "Time of Wonder" by Robert McClousky, two of our favorites. Despite that depressingly heartbreaking situation, reading those books to her brought comfort and an odd sense of serenity to my father, my sister and I. I appreciate your role in that sir.

I suppose the purpose of this is to just say thank you. Thank you Daniel for helping to form my earliest understanding of creativity. Thank you for teaching me about acceptance of the strange. Thank you for being a weirdo (I mean that in the best possible way). Most of all thank you for facilitating some of the best, most fun times my Mom and I ever shared together. I loved them all.

I'm 28 now. I'm sitting here in a comfy chair on a rainy Sunday afternoon drinking a cold beer and listening to your reading of "Borgel". It makes me smile, it reminds me of happy memories. I feel good. I am content.

I owe this moment to you, i figured the least I could do was let you know about it.

Thank you.

Daniel replies:

I've written a lot of things over quite a few years, and this is not the first time I've been told similar things. What always strikes me is that the whole creative undertaking isn't complete until the thing is read, and it's the reader who makes it whatever it is, and makes it worth whatever it's worth. So, while I accept the honor of what you've conveyed, please accept my thanks for taking some stories I put together mostly for my own amusement, and giving them real value in your life.

hemant nayak

October 9, 2016

Hi Daniel

Your awesome fiction has kept us entertained for years, but it was SUPERPUPPY that has saved me!

This super cute terrier mutt from the pound has more energy than all my family combined and I forgot how much energy a puppy has. But she is happily worrying a 3inch beef leg bone as explained in Superpuppy which gives me a few minutes to breath and get a little work done. A great deal of the advice has been helpful though I have not tried the glycerin suppositories.

thanks again and please keep writing!

Daniel replies:

Superpuppy is a little bit outdated, I think, even though we revised it once a few years ago. One thing I would change today is offering the choke chain as the primary choice as a training collar. These are fine when used correctly, but that entails a skill best learned from an experienced trainer. Used wrong, they could possibly do damage. I'm not a fan of the "gentle leader" style nose harness either. They may not really be so gentle at all. Possibly the safest and most humane kind of training collar is the scary-looking prong kind, or "Herm Sprenger" collar. You can try one on your own arm and see that it's not painful, but not easy to ignore. The gylcerine suppositories are helpful as an occasional adjunct to a housebreaking program based on timing as we explain in the book. The main category of stuff I'd want to change or expand if we were to revise the book again is the kind of thing Cesar Milan is so good at conveying--the idea that the dog is reactive to your state of mind, and you can do a lot to form the relationship, and create the dog you want, just by projecting a consistent attitude. Good luck with your dog!

Mark Gerhard

October 3, 2016

We are reading The Worms of Kukumlima and are rolling on the floor overcome with hilarity. Students want to know how to pronounce "Kukumlima" Leema or Lye- ma? Kuku rhymes with kookoo?

Daniel replies:

Koo-koo certainly, and m'leema. If I remember correctly, (which I sometimes do), it means "Chicken Mountain."

Donna Garban

September 23, 2016

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,
We are The independent book in Hoboken NJ. Since opening a year ago, we have sold 56 copies of the Hoboken Chicken Emergency. We need Looking for Bobowicz! Tell us how we can get it!
Come visit us!
Your friendly booksellers in Hoboken!

Daniel replies:

You need not only Looking for Bobowicz but The Artsy Smartsy Club, (also set in Hoboken, same cast of characters), and possibly Jolly Roger, a Dog of Hoboken. No idea how you can get them. Neat there's a bookstore in Hoboken! Daniel