Performing chickens, a New Jersey Martian, an orangutan orchestra conductor from Ceylon ... the details are what jump out of his novels. The ice cream dish in Slaves of Spiegel, for example, consisting of an eggplant, two slabs of whole-wheat pizza dough, 16 flavors of ice cream, fresh figs, pistachio nuts, a lobster, and assorted fresh garden vegetables and fruit. (It's served piping hot from the microwave, in a freshly laundered regulation army knapsack, to the accompaniment of Franz Liszt music.) This is what Pinkwater is all about. A junior-high schooler's dream of an author.
In 5 Novels, you can feast upon five beloved and quirky favorites: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars, Slaves of Spiegel, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, The Last Guru, and Young Adult Novel. And if you still need more Pinkwater novels (and you definitely do), explore 4 Fantastic Novels. (Ages 9 and much, much older.) --Emilie Coulter
Great reading for 10 year old boys. I don't know about the bald middle aged guy on the cover...On the other hand, it does let you know this isn't the same old same old. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Skeptical Reader
Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars, is hands down the best read-aloud my boys heard as they were growing up. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sheila
I love this author and have fun memories of reading his books when I was a kid, so I wanted to share them with my 9 year old son. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Fishergirl Seattle
the delivery time was great and so far my son likes the book, but the condition of the book was not good. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Angelwings
Yes, nerdy I know. To have one of your best friends be a book. But Alan Mendelsohn is one of my very best friends. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Space Ghost
How can I not have written a review for Alan Mendelsohn? At the time I read it, now 30 years ago, it was the first thing I had ever read that made me laugh out loud. Read morePublished 22 months ago by William Lewis Read