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Gwen G.

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!!

Daniel replies:

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.

Rick Smith

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!

Daniel replies:

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:

Daniel replies:

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.)

Daniel replies:

Thanks for the reminder. It comes at an appropriate time.


June 2, 2016

Hi Mr. Pinkwater, you are a great writer, and I have loved your books since I was little. As I know you love dogs, here are some nice dog-centric articles from the newspaper that I think you might like:

I hope you enjoy the articles, have a wonderful weekend!

Daniel replies:

It's a honor that a book of mine is mentioned in such a fine piece of writing.

Mrs. Daisy

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?"

Daniel replies:

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.

Kindest regards,

Peter de Frankrijker
The Netherlands.

Daniel replies:

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.


May 22, 2016

Have you ever had any pets? Also, what is your favorite color?

Daniel replies:

I have had plenty of pets. Most of them have been dogs, cats or horses. I still have pets. My favorite color is onion.

Bill Schwabenland

May 22, 2016

I recall listening to one of your segments on NPR in which you described engaging in a lightsaber duel at the shopping mall. Do you recall which episode that was on your website? I wanted to share it with a friend.

Daniel replies:

I think I did 600 or 700 of those short commentaries on NPR. I've never been good at archiving and organizing my work. If the piece isn't in Fish Whistle, or Chicago Days, Hoboken Nights, or Hoboken Fish and Chicago Whistle, (which is the two collections combined), it's probably sort of lost. Probably it wasn't as good as you remember anyway.

Matthew Kile

May 22, 2016

Dear Mr. Pinkwater. At 36 years of age, I have read "Lizard Music" at least once a year since my 3rd grade teacher read it aloud to our class some 28 years ago. I daresay it is tied with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as my favorite work of fiction. When I told my girlfriend how much this book meant to me, she sat down and read it cover to cover, absolutely enthralled. One thing has bothered me for nearly three decades however. Who do you suppose removed the "Modern Lizard Quintet Plays Mozart" record album cover from the front window of the abandoned music store in Hogsboro? I always doubted it was the Chicken Man, AKA Charles Swan. Do you suppose it was some other agent of the lizards, perhaps Shane Ferguson? Thank you in advance for your answer, and thank you for this superb piece of literary work which will remain with me forever.

Daniel replies:

The thing is, the person who would know the answer to that question no longer exists. I used to be that person, but I'm unable to help with this. It is barely possible that I unwittingly addressed the matter in some more recent work of fiction--but I wouldn't know. Have you looked into any of my novels written in this century?