There are many words that could be used to describe Daniel Pinkwater's books. Wacky comes to mind. Outrageous. Lively. Real. Unreal. Comic genius Jules Feiffer, in his foreword to 5 Novels, says, "Pinkwater's thoughts don't connect like yours or mine. His 'tab A' does not fit into 'slot A' the way it's supposed to in a well-thought-out thought. More likely, his 'tab A' will fit into 'slot 14' or 'slot X79,' the kind of fit that might drive you or me crazy if we tried it, but when Pinkwater does it, you read it and say to yourself, 'Why, of course, this is how it should be.'"
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
Here, in an appropriately fat trade paperback...is a collection of the Master's greatest works: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars; Slaves of Spiegel; The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death; The Last Guru; and Young Adult Novel. . .Daniel Pinkwater is so obviously the funniest writer of children's books that he should be made a Living National Treasure. (The Washington Post Book World)See all Editorial Reviews
Great to have these treasures in one place. I'm enjoying reading them with the next generation of Pinkwater fans.Published 6 months ago by rickgassko
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 13 months ago by Frozen Ax
Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars, is hands down the best read-aloud my boys heard as they were growing up. Read morePublished 14 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 19 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 on June 28, 2013 by Angelwings