19 Dec

Pinkwater is the kind of writer an adult reads in secret. He writes (mostly) for ‘children’ or so I am led to believe. I recall reading The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, thinking then that a child wouldn’t have the mindset to understand the slight nuances. Maybe that’s the point. Aiming instead for the child in the adult. A subterfuge, so to speak. Regardless, I happen to like reading his books, and I just ordered another one with great reviews: Lizard Music. (When left to take care of himself, a young boy becomes involved with a community of intelligent lizards who tell him of a little known invasion from outer space.) Simplified Synopsis by Shelfari.

Image Pinkwater, who also writes under several permutations: Daniel Pinkwater; Daniel M. Pinkwater; D. Manus Pinkwater lives in upstate New York, and is quite obviously unfettered by convention.

Since I have yet to read Lizard Music, I reserve the right to any further commentary.

Oh and by the way, I love anchovy pizza!


One Response to “LIZARD MUSIC”

  1. Daniel Pinkwater December 20, 2013 at 8:59 p12 #

    Just for your information, I’ve been writing these books for getting nigh to 50 years, and while I do not mind if adults read them the intended readership is children and young people, who do indeed have the mindset to handle them. It is unusual but not rare for children six years old to turn up having read Lizard Music and the Snarkout books. I remember tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne around age eight. In the ordinary middle class neighborhood of my childhood all the kids read these books. I think this came about because of the prevalence of comic books of the period which were a gateway to the harder stuff.

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