Publishers Weekly has a great new interview with Daniel and illustrator Aaron Renier. The two have collaborated on four books thus far: 2020’s Vampires of Blinsh and Adventures of a Dwergish Girl, and 2022’s Kat Hats and Crazy in Poughkeepsie (both coming soon!).
From the publisher: “Mick is a good kid, but maybe he can use just a little guidance. But it’s unclear who will be guiding whom, because Mick’s brother came home from Tibet with the self-proclaimed Guru Lumpo Smythe-Finkel and his dog Lhasa―and then promptly settled both of them in Mick’s bedroom.
(The thing about this kind of guru is that he doesn’t seem to know exactly what he’s trying to do. He sure does seem to be hungry, though.)
Anyway, Mick agrees to something like a quest, roaming the suburbs with the oddest group of misfits: Lumpo and Lhasa; graffiti-fanatic Verne; and Verne’s unusual friend Molly. Molly is a Dwergish girl―don’t worry if you don’t know what that is yet―and she seems to be going off the rails a bit. But she knows that she is definitely not Verne’s girlfriend.
Along the way, the gang will get invited to a rollicking ghost party, consult a very strange little king, and actually discover the truth about Heaven. Or a version of the truth anyway, because in a Daniel Pinkwater tale, the truth is never the slightest bit like what you’re expecting.”
Don’t forget to check out this new picture book, now available at fine book retailers!
Now available! More info from the publisher, Tachyon Publications.
Coming soon! (August 2020)
Some of your favourite classic Pinkwater tales are being reborn this fall in new editions. The New York Review of Books is issuing a new paperback reprint of Lizard Music, and Dover Publications will be publishing “Four Hoboken Stories” in September. The latter includes “The Magic Moscow,” “Attila the Pun,” “Jolly Roger, a Dog of Hoboken,” and “Looking for Bobowicz.”
- When their father decides to compete to be speed-knitting champion of the world, Nick and Maxine are happy to stay with their babysitter, Mrs. Noodlekugel, along with her talking cats and four mice who wear glasses. What they don’t expect is a dripping-wet, whiskered man in the kitchen the next morning! Captain Noodlekugel has left his seafaring life to train animals for the circus, and he’s even brought with him a hefty bear named Drooly for practice. But whenever he tries to teach Drooly to dance, the bear wobbles and falls asleep on the tulips. When Drooly goes missing, the siblings must try to figure out where a big clumsy bear might go!
You can pre-order the book from the publisher, Random House.