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".
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.
And yet I couldn't get anyone to invest in my sticky blob company.
July 1, 2016
Is there any place I can read about your adventure with "the big yellow dog"?
Not a place such as the driver's seat of a vehicle in traffic, or anyplace where you would be operating machinery or likely to cause a danger to others. But, you are free to choose from a great many other places depending on your preferences and requirements. Many people like to read in comparatively quiet spots--public libraries are traditional and popular. The big yellow dog story you mention may be in some collection or other, or not, I don't recall.
I believe it's in "Fish Whistle" -- Ed.
June 25, 2016
Thanks so much for your books. As a child I wasn't interested in reading until I read Lizard Music. Your books made me a life long reader! Thank you Mr Pinkwater!!
You're not the first person to pay me this very high compliment. I can't say it was my object to make you a lifelong reader...but I have always thought that writers, and artists of all kinds, ought to respect the people who read or otherwise experience the art. I think I have done that, mostly...and I think that is why many people, encountering my work, have found out that they like to read. So I am going to assume that you are intelligent, and disliked things you were given to read that seemed to suggest that you were not. It's a big honor to have a reader like you.
June 13, 2016
I thought you might get a kick out of the Amazon price for Once Upon a Blue Moose (Library Binding). It's currently listing at $3,206.27 (it's used) and they don't even throw in the shipping.
I thought you were good, but if you can sell just 100 of those a year, you would be doing really well!
It must be in awful condition to be offered for such a low price. Library binding? Who'd want that? I have a perfect one, signed yet, that I might be willing to swap for a mint, low-mileage Chevrolet Corvette.
June 4, 2016
Hello Mr. Pinkwater,
I just created a letterbox based on The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, and thought you might want to know. (Letterboxing is a scavenger-hunt type activity involving rubber stamps). Here's the link, should you be interested: www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?boxId=269640
This is cool! It has my (rubber) stamp of approval.
Jason T. Eness-Potter
June 2, 2016
Dear Mr. Pinkwater, I have been a grateful recipient of your gifts for 3 decades now. It was in 1986 that my elementary school librarian recommended I read Lizard Music one Danial Manus Pinkwater. It was a unique moment in that it was the only time my librarian ever recommended a book to me. She said she thought it was the kind of book I would like and she was right. I loved that book and everything I ever read (or listened to) of yours after that. Now this is the part that is difficult to communicate in a way that I feel does justice to the flowing gratitude I feel for what you gave me, and, I imagine, many young, thoughtful kids like I was then, but I'll do my best–when I think back to that self-esteem gauntlet that is adolescence, I realize your books had a major role in giving me the rational perspective I needed to survive that time in my life. I've always wanted to tell you how grateful I am to you for all your brilliant, understanding and playful work. I remember in the author bio on the back flap of Lizard Music, it said something about (and I am paraphrasing a bunch on this one) how you believed creative ability was a gift from God. That is something that affected a skinny 12 year old boy from Iowa in ways that are hard to articulate in a digital message like this, but I tell you, I am grateful that you passed your gift from God on to me. You make this world a better place by being here, Mr. Pinkwater, and I thank you and thank you again. ( And sorta P.S. My daughter loves your writing and storytelling and humor also! She is 7 now and has been a fan of Larry and the 2 bad bears since she was 2.)
Thanks for the reminder. It comes at an appropriate time.
It's a honor that a book of mine is mentioned in such a fine piece of writing.
May 28, 2016
My fourth grade students just read a short biography about you. They say, "We love you! If you could write any other novel what would it be?"
You love me? I love you! If I could write any other novel.... I CAN write any other novel! I know how it's done, and I have done it a number of times, so I know I can do it. But what would the novel be? What would it be about? Who would it be about? These are questions I ask myself. Sometimes I don't come up with any answers for a year, maybe two years. I just walk around mumbling to myself. Then....well, this is the way it has always happened so far....I notice I am writing something. "What is this thing I am writing?" I ask myself. It is a novel! I still don't know what it's about, so I keep writing. So, I can't answer your question. I won't know what the book is until I write it.
May 28, 2016
Dear Mr. Pinkwater,
I like to listen to ABC Piano, so every now and then I hear the announcements you've recorded for that station. Your advert, though, has made me think.
You are now advertising your wonderful books "for as little as $2.99" on Amazon. But that kind of implies "hey, at least they're cheap". I doubt that that's really the message you want to convey.
Wouldn't it be more inticing to say something like "Many of my wonderful books are available on Amazon. They are riveting reads for children and young adults, and they make perfect birthday gifts." That way you're advertising your books as fun reads.
It's just a thought, maybe it can be of use to you.
Peter de Frankrijker
I will explain everything. Well, not everything. I will explain a couple of things. First, I do not know what announcements of mine are going out on ABC Piano as it is heard in the Netherlands. Obviously, if it is my voice, and I say my name, it is something I have recorded in the past few years. The content of ABC Radio, Radio Mozart, Radio Chopin, etc., varies from country to country or region. Here in USA Radio Mozart carries horrible and annoying commercials for all kinds of things you would never buy. Webmaster Ed, who is in Canada, hears just the music, and station identification in French by Nicolas Goyet, the program director and owner, and in English by me, just a kid who always wanted to work with Mozart. I know the occasional advertisements for my books are weak--I've never been good at that sort of thing. The only reason I recorded them was so Nicolas could feel I was receiving something in return for all the station IDs and announcements. You, on the other hand, appear to have a flair for it, so I appoint you my advertising agent in Holland and most of Europe. Do a good job and I will increase your commission.