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Terrie Plumer

January 21, 2017

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,
During the years I taught 1st grade and kindergarten many of your books were well-loved residents on our classroom bookshelves, and story time favorites. Now I am retired. I read to a couple of kindergarten classes every week. I don't know how I missed Bear and Bunny before, but last week I checked it out of the library and read it to my classes. Both the children and I were enchanted. I promised them that I would see if there are any other Bear and Bunny books. So I found Bear In Love and read it to them today. The children quickly realized that Bear In Love precedes Bear and Bunny, but they enjoyed being "in the know" throughout the story. Mr. Pinkwater, we loved these stories very much and would like to know if you plan anymore Bear and Bunny collaborations with Will Hillenbrand. We sincerely hope so. Yours truly, Terrie Plumer

Daniel replies:

So glad you liked them! We planned, but the publisher had other plans. (They said they'd like to see something else, "just as good," but I didn't like that plan.)

Erik Rose

January 21, 2017

I was curious any of the original art for Snarkout Boys or Lizard Music was available to purchase. I cannot express how much those books mean to me and how much of an influence they have had on me.
Many thanks,
Erik Rose

Daniel replies:

Possibly someday I'll feel very ambitious, and rummage through the 1,000s of pieces of art, unfinished manuscripts, notes, sketches, bits of this and that, but so far I haven't. I'm sloppy and disorganized, and have always been focused on the thing I'm making now. So, I can't be of help. If you'd like to send me a copy of one of the books, (instructions somewhere on this website as to how/where to send), with a note asking me to do a scribble as well as an autograph, I could do that for you.

Will Keener

January 21, 2017

Dear Daniel, at 71 I am finally expecting my first grandchild. (No one knows why.) Recently I was admonished to bring a book to the baby shower for this child. I knew immediately what book I would bring altho I have not read it in nearly three decades. Thank you soooo much for The Big Orange Splot!

Daniel replies:

Hard to believe no one knows why--maybe it's just you. You are expecting your first grandchild because a child of yours is expecting a child. (I took an Anthropology course in college, and there was a section on kinship.) Anyway, your choice of The Big Orange Splot as a baby shower gift honors me. Congratulations, grandparent!

Jacoby Holleman

January 15, 2017

Hi. My name is Jacoby Holleman. I am doing a project in school on The Big Orange Splot for my STEAM project. I have a few questions for you, if you are able to answer.

1. How did you come up with the idea for the book (Orange splot)?

2. How did you learn to draw?

3. How did you get started with writing?

4. What is your favorite book that you wrote?

Thank you for the good book. I hope to hear from you soon. Have a great day.

Daniel replies:

1. I was temporarily living in a boring housing development. I looked out the window, and I thought "What if something happened to make this view more interesting?" 2. I took a pencil in my hand and made a scribble. With practice, the scribbles got better. 3. Pretty much the same way as I learned to draw. Same pencil, actually. I made a sort of A then a sort of B, after a while the letters started to look like letters. Later I got so I could write words. The rest is history. 4. The one I am planning to write will be a good one....finally!

pietro

January 15, 2017

does this site work the way it is designed to? specifically, when trying to listen to an audiobook (and not to download it) one hears one chapter and then … nada!! you have to actually remember which chapter number you just listened to and then back up to the prior menu page and then click on the next chapter in the sequence … using chrome, anyway. is it me? given the limited attention span that your books engender in my brain, it would be easier just to go by chapter duration, but time times listed in the selection page tend to not match those of the chapters themselves. should this be fixed, you think?

i don't suppose there's a way to listen to an entire ouvre, without this little de facto robot check after every chapter? not a real robot check i have to say…

thank you for your ouvres tho. i once sent you a case of h and h bagels what? maybe 25 years ago! ha! 😀

Daniel replies:

From Webmaster Ed -- we've improved the download section! Check it out!

Jordan Beck

January 15, 2017

Dear Mr. Pinkwater and Associates Who Read His Forum Missives,

My name is Jordan Beck. I am 27 years old.

When I was six my mother and I read Blue Moose & Return of the Moose for the first time. At the time, my parents had recently divorced and I saw my mother on only weekends, then eventually only holidays after my father moved me across the country. That first read through we howled with laughter until tears streamed down our faces. We read that dog eared copy of the book every single I visit, even now as an adult. Quotes from the story remained an important part of our communication as I became a teen, and clandestine humor for silly social situations as I entered adulthood. Though I grew to love your other work (Young Adult Novel defined large swaths of my Middle School years), nothing can compare to the deep connection forged between my mother and I through Blue Moose.

I am currently studying to be a theatre teacher. This semester I'm taking a Dramatic Literature for Youth class. Our final project is to adapt a beloved story into a play script. I am by no means an accomplished or talented playwright, but I tingle with anticipation as I think of living in the world of your story as a writer, and revisiting those characters for the stage.

Thank you for your stories, and the enduring impact you've had on me as an artist and a son.

All the best,

Jordan Beck

Daniel replies:

You seem to be saying that you contemplate adapting the moose for your project. I have no objection, providing that you agree to use your work for class only, not to make or distribute copies in any medium, & not to sell tickets. Have fun!

Alyssa Foos

January 1, 2017

Here is a link to where one can find some of my knitted cat hats…https://www.etsy.com/shop/FuzzyDetails/
Thanks, Daniel!

Daniel replies:

Cat hats!

Falonious Chester

December 17, 2016

Do you prefer to remain something of an enigma so that readers are more likely to "construct meanings of their very own, in their very own brains"? Do you deny that your work is often a gateway to a lifelong affection for and fascination with the surreal (and if so, why have so many people I know had that experience with your work)?

Daniel replies:

Can it be that many people you know tend experience things in a way that reinforces their affection for and fascination with the surreal? I don't know why you suggest that I am an enigma. I think I am the opposite of an enigma. I think I am a non-enigma. I don't think it's my job to influence readers. I've explained this already. My responsibility is to write it so it's not painful to read. After that, you're on your own.

Alyssa Foos

December 13, 2016

Hello, dear sir. I very much enjoyed your recent (re?)reading of "Kat Hats" on the podcast. Cat hat production of the knitted sort continues here, though it has been a bit anemic of late. I am working on that. Anyhow, I came across this artist musician person named Tom who does a daily birthdays cartoon that he publishes on Instagram. You were immortalized on this past Nov. 15. Happy belated birthday! Cheers! www.instagram.com/p/BM1VR6pgIrF/?taken-by=au.tom.an&hl=en

Daniel replies:

Thank you. You are the foremost cat hat designer/manufacturer in the civilized world. Feel free to let podcast visitors know where they can obtain your fashionable product.

J. Raphael Shaul

December 11, 2016

A few years ago, an abrupt educational disjunction (read: I tried to switch programs and my university told me to get lost) resulted in several years of surrealism. Events include:

– Pedaling through New York on a tiny collapsible bicycle to buy allen wrenches from an all-night third-story hardware store
– Accepting an anonymous internet solicitation to pick up a woman at the Las Vegas airport and deposit her in the desert near the California border. (She had to meet a horse.)
– Photographing a pirate wedding in a geodesic dome erected by the groom in the center of a giant psychedelic party in the Mojave.

I credit your literature for preparing me for the realities of adulthood.

Daniel replies:

My position, which I state frequently, is that authors create works according to the Rules of Art, (whatever those may be), and readers construct meanings of their very own, in their very own brains, often having nothing to do with what the author thought it meant, if anything. Don't blame me for the way your life turned out--I am just a simple teller of tales.