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Hoboken Fish and Chicago Whistle Paperback – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corp; 1 edition (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738804258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738804255
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Pinkwater lives with his wife, the illustrator and novelist Jill Pinkwater, and several dogs and cats in a very old farmhouse in New York's Hudson River Valley.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Jones on November 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A lot of the short essays and stories in these two books started out as commentaries on NPR's "All Things Considered."
To say they cover a lot of territory is a terrible understatement. Read them and learn about art, big malemute dogs, pudding, writing for kids, African safaris, hot peppers, Chicago, Hoboken, being fat, being weird, living in bohemia, living in the boondocks, and more!
Truly wonderful stuff. Literally wonderful. The image of Pinkwater memorizing passages from Homer while operating a machine tool is hard to forget.
The only thing better than reading these is hearing Pinkwater read them. If you can get your paws on the OOP two-tape "Fishwhistle" audio book, do so. I have had friends seriously damage their bodies convulsing in laughter after hearing a few pieces.
In any case . . . buy the book. The price is steep, but you won't be sorry.
And . . . "eat pudding!"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shaenon K. Garrity on December 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Both of Mr. Pinkwater's essay collections in one handy volume: this is a deal not to be missed. Fans of his children's books will discover the true inspirations for the Chicken Man, the Boy from Mars, and friendly lizards; fans of The Afterlife Diet will receive more witty and wise insights into the life of the modern downscale gourmet and fat American, as well as the secret to a happy life ("Somewhere, there is a chili you cannot eat"). In between, there's a little bit of everything else: big dogs, tough cats, African safaris, Japanese delis, Chicago street characters, inscrutable art dealers, and parrots. Even if you haven't yet been introduced to the joys of Pinkwater's endlessly inventive deadpan prose, these hilarious essays are sure to contain something that will leave you rolling on the floor, aching with laughter, possibly rupturing something in your abdomen. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. von Hoerl on May 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I was smaller I read, nay, devoured _Alan Mendelsohn, Boy From Mars_, _The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death_ and _Lizard Music_. When I was but small I discovered Mr. Pinkwater's first collection of NPR commentaries, and I learned to eat pizza...one handed...while holding a drink...and running for the bus. Then I discovered the second collection. Since then I have worn out three copies of each. To have them togehter in one HARDBOUND volume is literally a dream come true. You cannot afford to miss this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nungesser on November 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a wee child, I loved "The Big Orange Splot". As a youngster, I loved "Fat Men From Space". As a slightly older child, I loved "Lizard Music" and all the rest. And now I can enjoy all of those books, as well as Pinkwater's short-story collections. It's great to see this stuff back in print. I hope the trend continues...I'd love to see new editions of "Lizard Music", "The Worms of Kukumlima", and "Wingman".
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