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.”
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.”
Out today – the hilarious third installment of MRS NOODLEKUGEL’s adventures for young readers, by DP with art by Adam Stower, and featuring nearsighted mice, a cat butler, and a large and ridiculous bear… among other things.
Coming in May 2015: “Mrs. Noodlekugel and Drooly the Bear”
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.
Just in time for the winter holidays, Daniel and Jill are proud to present “Beautiful Yetta’s Hannukah Kitten.”
Beautiful Yetta, the Yiddish chicken, is back in a heartwarming Hannukah story in which she finds a cold and hungry kitten. This multilingual story, which includes both Yiddish and Spanish translations and pronunciation guides, is a clever introduction to the celebration of Hannukah and a welcome read-aloud for any age.