February 23, 2019
Have you ever had any paranormal experiences of any kind?
Have you ever had any paranormal experiences of any kind?
Hi! I just found my childhood copy of fat men from space and it really means a lot to me. Enough so that I went out and got a flying hamburger piloted by a fat man tattooed! I just wanted to say thank you to Daniel for his massive contribution to my childhood. I remember my father reading me his books every night and doing silly voices. The time I did have with my father was rarely wonderful but he always smiled reading Daniels books. He passed away in 2009 and finding the book again really made me remember the best of our times together. I will someday read fat men from space to my children and be able to tell them a happy story of their grandpa and that means the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting these incredible pieces of your soul into the world.
I always enjoyed your appearances on NPR. Your recommendations for children’s books were great and surely would be welcomed again by NPR listeners. Would you please do that sort of thing again?
We just finished reading the Neddiad, Yggyssey, and then Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl and we want more. We want to read Escape to Dwerg Mountain. But we cannot find a Gleybner’s book store here in San Diego to get Escape to Dwerg Mountain. Please write the fourth book in a way we can access it! Please!
The world needs more of your silliness.
Dear Mr Pinkwater
You stated: “Sounds familiar and about right to me, although I never thought the Nettelhorst elementary school was mostly Jewish…I remember being fascinated by the Christian traditions I encountered there.”
At first it took awhile for me to know that there were people with other religions. If you look at your class photos, as I have, that is were I got the 80% Jewish students. The CBOE mandated a classroom Xmas observation & celebration with songs. Most of the students would just set there silently, I guess thats were Silent Night came from. But not the Jewish holidays, never mentioned. On Jewish holidays, there were very few in the class rooms, most of the teachers were substitutes.
I’ve just been thinking of you lovingly as we sat around the kitchen table (my daughter and I and her eight year old son, both of whom live with us) howling (!) with laughter as we read aloud The Werewolf Club #1
Thank you! I think of you often and thank you for all the love of language and hilarious laughter and amusement at crazy humanity. I hope you and Jill are thriving!
Love from Canada — Michele Landsberg
I just read this article about skullduggery in Poughkeepsie…and beyond!
Hi, Mr. Pinkwater!
As I recall, for several years back in the late 80’s or early 90’s, the Philadelphia Inquirer published serialized Christmas-themed short stories written by you and illustrated by Tony Auth. Have they ever been reprinted? If not, is there a way I could get a copy of them (other than looking through the original newspapers on microfilm or the electronic equivalent)?
Hello, I’m re-reading “Lizard Music” as an adult, for the first time in decades. It is a book that I remember quite vividly. This may be odd, because I could not tell you the plots of the last two Rowling novels, even though I remember enjoying them immensely. Anyway, did the book change between editions? I could have sworn that (in the earlier copy), Victor mentions the title to the film “The Island of Dr. Moreau” while watching it on his first night alone. I remember thinking that it was not a real film and made-up for the book (of course, this is not true). In the edition I am reading now, the film is described, but not mentioned by title. Am I imagining this? Did the book change? Or am I just wacky?
What’s shaking, gate? A Happy Anniversary of your birthing.
I have entered the querying trenches as I have 1 completed work and about 7 WIPs on the back burners. You are the one who initially torqued my interest in things literary.
So instead of revving the engine just to hear the cut-out roar, let me just say plant you now and dig you later.
I’ve never written to an author before because I’ve never liked an author as much as I like you. I’ve got an ample (and growing!) Pinkwater collection in my personal library that is kept next to my bed, so I am always close to my much loved books. Thanks to my ‘4 Fantastic Novels’ I see your face everyday, and it makes me smile!
I lived the first 28 (ish) years of my life in Arizona. I never liked it. As soon as I could, I escaped to Brisbane, Australia. But now, when I read your books, I wish I could’ve grown up in New Jersey. I think I could’ve made a decent Hoboken girl!
It would be hard for me to pinpoint a favourite from your books, because I’m very fond of all of them; but I have a special place in my heart for ‘The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death’ because I listened to the audiobook. I was thrilled to discover that you narrated it. I enjoyed listening to it and ‘The Baconburg Horror’ immensely. I listened to them with my kids and they also got a big kick out of them.
Just the other night before bed, I was reading ‘Looking for Bobowicz’. That night in my dreams, I was hilarious — I was saying and doing the silliest things, and I blame you and your zany characters. The whole world needs a Pinkwater supplement! The whole world, including any extraterrestrial visitors 😉 …..
… which makes me wonder… have YOU ever had or witnessed any sort of extraterrestrial experience? Seen a ufo? Dated a beautiful space babe? Heard first hand accounts of missing potato pancakes? Hitched a ride and ended up in another universe? Found your parallel cat self? I would love to hear what inspired your fantastic brain to include this paranormal activity in your stories.
I wanted to send you a physical letter, but this message will have to do. But please know in all sincerity that you’ve improved my quality of life. Thank you for being you.
This is just a quick pixel-message to wish you a “Happy Birthday!” today.
While I would be delighted to hear from you, I also know that “Free Time” seems to be even more fleeting than usual lately for everyone, much less writers attempting to cope with alla those birthday candles blazing away on the cake, so no reply, immediate or otherwise, is necessary or expected.
“Keep Writing and I’ll Keep Reading!”
Michael D. Toman
Retired Reference Librarian & Long-Time Pinkwater Reader
I had no idea it was your birthday, but I am pleased that you are having one.
This message is labeled To A Fellow Mug because I still have the letter you sent me many years ago telling me that “writing is a mug’s game.” I keep that quote near me always, but it doesn’t do any good. I continue to write, mostly kids books, and more than a few are available from Amazon or Wildside Press.
Very nice that many of your books are being reprinted. That is always a good thing. Right now I am reading Uncle Boris in the Yukon. I don’t have any dogs myself, only cats, but I am enjoying the book very much anyway. My favorite book of yours is The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death.
I went to John Burroughs Jr. High a few years after you did, and I recognize some of the teachers (the PE guy in particular) and some of the surroundings. Were you a member of the Space Legion?
Thanks for all the wonderful books, and for the early encouragement.
Hot jets, clear ether, spaceman’s luck,
Dear Mr. Pinkwater,
I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your work over many years. I first encountered your stories on NPR in the early 1990’s and was blown away by their simple, humorous, beautiful humanity, then I ran across Fishwhistle and Chicago Days/Hoboken Nights and really loved both, after that I started slowly locating all of your children’s books and young adult novels. I shared the books with friends and they became big fans too. I found myself going back to them at times in which I was having hard life moments and they gave me relief and solace. Eventually, I had a daughter of my own. She is now eleven. I started her off early with readings from all of your kid books, she always wanted more so eventually I also read her your adult books too and she adored those as well. We just finished our second reading of Chicago Days/Hoboken Nights last night. Are there any new books on the horizon that we can look forward to reading?
Thanks so much for all of the happiness you have given me and my daughter,
Harrell (and Bea)
My kids grew up on Wuggie Norple, I was a second grade werewolf, Toothgnasher super flash, etc. I want to buy these for my grandkids, but they are super expensive on amazon and abebooks. I am a devoted Pinkwaterist. What would it take to get these back in print? Can I help?