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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Daniel Pinkwater  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee

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Illinois Connection

Pinkwater's family moved to Chicago when he was two years old. When he was eight, the family moved to Los Angeles. He went back to Chicago as a teenager and graduated from Lake View High School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Daniel Pinkwater is and author, illustrator and radio commentator on National Public Radio. He has presented on NPR's ''All Thing Considered'' and been a book reviewer on NPR's ''Weekend Edition Saturday''. He currently resides in New York.


American Library Association Notable Book for Lizard Music , 1976 New York Times Outstanding Book for The Last Guru , 1978 Children's Choice, International Reading Association/Children's Book Council for The Wuggie Norple Daniel Pinkwater Story , 1981 Parents' Choice Award (literature) for Roger's Umbrella , 1982 Emphasis on Reading Award (grades K-1) for The Big Orange Splot , 1983-84 Charles Flint Kellogg Medal, Bard College, 1999.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Pinkwater’s agent is Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary agency - http //

Selected Titles At Your Library

4 fantastic novels
ISBN: 0689834888. OCLC Number: 44639028

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

Combines four novels by children's book writer and National Public Radio commentator Daniel Pinkwater into one volume.

Adventures of a cat-whiskered girl
ISBN: 9780547550022. OCLC Number: 441152075

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. .

Big Audrey, who has cat-like whiskers, and her telephathic friend Molly set out on a journey to find out why flying saucers are landing behind the old stone barn in Poughkeepsie, New York, and, more importantly, to determine whether another cat-whiskered girl really exists.

ALan Mendelsohn, the boy from Mars
ISBN: 0553240706. OCLC Number: 26079534

Bantam Books,. .

Leonard's life at his new junior high is just barely tolerable until he becomes friends with the unusual Alan and with him shares an extraordinary adventure.

Around Fred's bed
ISBN: 013046581X. OCLC Number: 2121466

Prentice-Hall,. .

A small boy experiencing the night terrors faces the monsters and things that go bump in the night before finding refuge in his parents' bed.

At the Hotel Larry
ISBN: 0761451781. OCLC Number: 55661985

Marshall Cavendish,. .

A young girl and Larry, the polar bear who lives in her father's hotel, enjoy each other's company and, on an outing to the zoo, they discover Larry's brother Roy.

Aunt Lulu
ISBN: 0027746615. OCLC Number: 17508496

Macmillan,. .

Tired of working as a librarian in Alaska, Aunt Lulu takes her sled and her fourteen Huskies and moves to Parsippany, New Jersey.

Author's day
ISBN: 0689817053. OCLC Number: 37679997

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

In this comedy of errors, a famous children's author visits an elementary school.

Bad bears in the big city :
ISBN: 9780618689521. OCLC Number: 50851969

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Irving and Muktuk, two muffin-eating polar bears from the frozen north, have some trouble fitting into life at the zoo in Bayone, New Jersey.

Bear in love
ISBN: 9780545837972. OCLC Number: 907258731

Scholastic Audio,. .

A bear with a secret admirer who leaves sweet, crunchy treats outside his cave each night tries to repay the kindness with honey, but comes to find out that his new friend is smaller, cuter, and fonder of carrots than any bear.

Bear in love /
ISBN: 0763645699. OCLC Number: 772771686

Candlewick Press,. .

A bear with a secret admirer who leaves sweet, crunchy treats outside his cave each night tries to repay the kindness with honey, but comes to find out that his new friend is smaller, cuter, and fonder of carrots than any bear.

Beautiful Yetta :
ISBN: 0312558244. OCLC Number: 466344347

Feiwel and Friends,. .

Yetta, the beautiful chicken, breaks free from the truck that is carrying her to market. She quickly realizes the big city is nothing like the chicken farm. She is scared and confused until she meets and saves the life of a little, green parrot.

Big Bob and the Halloween potatoes
ISBN: 0439042429. OCLC Number: 40354663

Scholastic,. .

Despite the insistence of her second-grade teacher that their Halloween celebration will focus on pumpkins, Big Gloria finds a way to introduce her favorite vegetable, the potato.

Big Bob and the Thanksgiving potatoes
ISBN: 9780590640954. OCLC Number: 38890742

Scholastic,. .

Big Bob and Big Gloria, who are friends because they are both large for their age, start a new trend when their second-grade class is supposed to make turkey decorations for Thanksgiving.

Big Bob and the winter holiday potato
ISBN: 0439042437. OCLC Number: 40423510

Scholastic,. .

For their second-grade class celebration of Kwaanza, Chanukah, Christmas and all other winter holidays, Gloria and Big Bob write a play about Potato Claus, friend to children everywhere.

Blue moose ; and Return of the moose
ISBN: 0679847170. OCLC Number: 28632896

Bullseye Books,. .

The adventures of a talking blue moose, who moves in with Mr. Breton and helps him run his restaurant on the edge of the big north woods.

Bongo Larry
ISBN: 0761451897. OCLC Number: 60410421

Marshall Cavendish,. .

Larry the polar bear's new interest in playing the bongos leads to an impromptu performance with Big Bear at the Cafe Mama Bear.

ISBN: 0689716206. OCLC Number: 25008622

Aladdin Books ;. .

Melvin recounts his extraordinary adventures in time and space with his 111-year-old sort of great-Uncle Borgel.

Bushman lives! /
ISBN: 0547385390. OCLC Number: 772099803

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. .

In the 1960s, Harold Knishke, a Chicago teenager with a special place in his heart for Bushman, the famed departed gorilla of the Lincoln Park Zoo, embarks on a hometown adventure, in a quest to become a great artist and figure out how he became the object of a famous folk song.

Cone Kong :
ISBN: 0439216788. OCLC Number: 45667836

Scholastic,. .

When a gigantic wild ice cream cone runs off with the girlfriend of Captain Charles Handsome, the adventurer captures Cone Kong and takes him back to the Big City.

Devils & demons :
ISBN: 0880296623. OCLC Number: 24074068

Dorset Press,. .

Doodle flute
ISBN: 0027746356. OCLC Number: 22111121

Macmillan ;. .

Relates how Kevin Spoon acquired a doodle flute and made a friend.

ISBN: 0316708100. OCLC Number: 10072925

Little, Brown,. .

In a candy store, a boy encounters a duck who claims to be an angel, and, in return for granting it its freedom, endures some bizarre adventures.

Fat camp commandos go West
ISBN: 0439297737. OCLC Number: 52840921

Scholastic,. .

After Ralph and Sylvia Nebula flee a fat camp ashram to join their friend Mavis at a dude ranch, they help her unite the Western town's factions by preparing for the arrival of an unidentified flying object.

Four Different Stories.
ISBN: 9780486822600. OCLC Number: 1048923749

Dover Publications,. .

These four different stories - collected for the very first time - abound in hilarious situations and characters. Includes Wingman, Fat Men from Space, The Magic Goose and The Muffin Fiend.

Friends forever :
ISBN: 0439763142. OCLC Number: 60563314

Scholastic,. .

Four friendship stories bound in a single volume.

Goose night
ISBN: 0679846549. OCLC Number: 31517658

Random House,. .

Seymour Semolina, a boy who loves to read, awakes to find a talking goose in his room and the two share an adventurous nighttime flight.

Guys from space
ISBN: 0689715900. OCLC Number: 23973252

Aladdin Books ;. .

A boy accompanies some guys from space on a visit to another planet, where they discover such incredibly amazing things as talking rocks and root beer with ice cream.

I was a second grade werewolf
ISBN: 0525440380. OCLC Number: 8806216

E.P. Dutton,. .

Though he has turned into a werewolf, his parents, teacher, and classmates still see him as Lawrence Talbot, second-grader.

Ice-cream Larry
ISBN: 0761451862. OCLC Number: 57246179

Marshall Cavendish,. .

After he eats an eighth of a ton of ice cream at Cohen's Cones, Larry the polar bear happily becomes the spokesbear for the Iceberg Ice-Cream Company under the slogan, I do not feel sick.

Irving and Muktuk :
ISBN: 0618382763. OCLC Number: 53366433

Houghton Mifflin,. .

Two muffin-loving polar bears make a yearly attempt to use stealth and subterfuge to get muffins at the Yellowtooth Blueberry Muffin Festival.

Java Jack
ISBN: 0690039956. OCLC Number: 6041121

Crowell,. .

When Jack travels to the Indonesian island of Maggasang to search for his missing anthropologist parents, he begins a series of incredible adventures which take him outside the universe.

Jolly Roger, a dog of Hoboken
ISBN: 0688038999. OCLC Number: 10949727

Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books,. .

Chronicles the adventures of the remarkable canine who became the undisputed king of Hoboken's dockside dogs.

Lizard music
ISBN: 1681371847. OCLC Number: 970035636

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Victor's parents go away for two weeks. It is while staying up late watching television that he discovers evidence of a secret community of intelligent lizards. In fact there seems to have been an invasion from outer space that went almost unnoticed.

Looking for Bobowicz :
ISBN: 0060535563. OCLC Number: 62875807

HarperTrophy,. .

Upon moving to Hoboken, New Jersey, a boy convinces his two new friends to help him track down the mysterious phantom who stole his bicycle, as well as Arthur Bobowicz, owner of a giant chicken that once terrorized local citizens.

Magic camera.
ISBN: 039606910X. OCLC Number: 2696023

Dodd, Mead. .

A little boy is presented with an old camera that seems to have a special magic.

Mush's jazz adventure
ISBN: 0689845766. OCLC Number: 48494104

Aladdin,. .

Mush, a dog from the planet Growf-Woof-Woof, relates how she came to be on Earth, and how she and three other animals formed a jazz ensemble that foiled a band of ice cream parlor robbers.

Mush, a dog from space
ISBN: 0689848005. OCLC Number: 49530127

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

Kelly, who has wanted a pet dog for a long time, runs into a highly-educated, mushamute dog from the planet Growf-Woof-Woof.

Pickle creature
ISBN: 0590075799. OCLC Number: 4495156

Four Winds Press,. .

Instead of the pickle his grandmother asked him to get at the supermarket, Conrad brings home a pickle creature.

Picture books for looking and learning :
ISBN: 089774716X. OCLC Number: 25872519

Oryx Press,. .

Grade level: 1, 2, 3, 4, k, p, e, t.

Pirate de l'espace
ISBN: 2081642638. OCLC Number: 465744478

Flammarion,. .

Roger's umbrella
ISBN: 0525442235. OCLC Number: 15799128

Dutton,. .

Roger's umbrella becomes increasingly more wild and uncontrollable until he meets three old ladies who teach him how to talk to it.

Sleepover Larry
ISBN: 9781477847657. OCLC Number: 884497492

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After little Mildred Frobisher has a sleepover at the hotel where she lives with her parents and Larry the polar bear, Larry decides that he too would like to host a sleepover for his friends.

Snarkout boys and the avocado of death.
ISBN: 0451158520. OCLC Number: 231796384

Nal Dutton,. .

Spaceburger :
ISBN: 0027746437. OCLC Number: 27937943

Macmillan ;. .

Kevin Spoon and Mason Mintz walk six miles to attend the opening of a new Spaceburger restaurant.

Superpuppy :
ISBN: 0618130489. OCLC Number: 47521437

Clarion Books,. .

A guide to buying, training, and caring for a dog, with special emphasis on understanding its personality, feelings, and reactions to new situations.

The afterlife diet
ISBN: 0738804002. OCLC Number: 123550565

Xlibris,. .

A comic fantasy set in heaven on the subject of obesity. The protagonist is Milton Cramer, an obese editor who is murdered for rejecting an author's manuscript. The novel is a satire on weight-conscious America by a Jewish humorist.

The Artsy Smartsy Club
ISBN: 0060535571. OCLC Number: 55764218

HarperCollins,. .

After three Hoboken children and their giant chicken Henrietta begin to appreciate beautiful sidewalk art, they venture into art class and visits to Manhattan.

The big orange splot
ISBN: 9781439554920. OCLC Number: 2542600

Hastings House,. .

When a seagull drops a can of orange paint on his neat house, Mr. Plumbean gets an idea that affects his entire neighborhood.

The Hoboken chicken emergency
ISBN: 9781416928102. OCLC Number: 2464632

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Arthur goes to pick up the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner but comes back with a 260-pound chicken.

The last guru
ISBN: 0553150618. OCLC Number: 6391622

Bantam Books,. .

One harmless bet on a horse race starts a chain of events that turns a 12-year-old into one of the world's richest people and a spiritual guru.

The lunchroom of doom
ISBN: 0689838468. OCLC Number: 45107267

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

After one of its members is banned from the school lunchroom, the Watson Elementary School Werewolf Club has lunch at Tom's Tibetan-American Lunchroom, where they run into alien meatballs.

The Magic Moscow
ISBN: 0689717105. OCLC Number: 26764505

Aladdin ;. .

Relates the adventures of Edward, grandson of a famous television sled dog, with his owner Steve, who manages a Hoboken ice cream stand.

The moosepire
ISBN: 0316708119. OCLC Number: 12943604

Little, Brown,. .

The talking blue moose attempts to unravel the riddle of the Moospire, a vampire moose that reportedly lurks near the town of Yellow Tooth.

The muffin fiend
ISBN: 055315544X. OCLC Number: 17392530

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Wolfgang Amadeaus Mozart helps Inspector LeChat catch the thief who is stealing all the muffins of Europe.

The phantom of the lunch wagon
ISBN: 0027746410. OCLC Number: 25283086

Macmillan ;. .

Chris Kevin-Keith fixes up and reopens an abandoned lunch wagon, unaware that it originally closed because it was haunted by a scary phantom.

The picture of Morty & Ray
ISBN: 0066237858. OCLC Number: 49011297

HarperCollins,. .

Inspired by a movie plot, Morty and Ray paint pictures of each other and then do mean things at school to see if their portraits will become ugly.

The terrible roar
ISBN: 0394904885. OCLC Number: 102450

Knopf,. .

Each time the little lion opens his mouth, he roars, and each roar causes something around him to disappear.

The Werewolf Club
ISBN: 9781439553008. OCLC Number: 246901691

Paw Prints. .

The Werewolf Club meets Dorkula
ISBN: 0689838476. OCLC Number: 49903307

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

A new student who claims to be a vampire joins the Watson Elementary School Werewolf Club, but the werewolves discover his true secret when fruits and vegetables begin to disappear all over town.

The Werewolf Club meets Oliver Twit
ISBN: 0689845715. OCLC Number: 50530509

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

Mr. Talbot has taken the Werewolf Club to London! Unfortunately, they made the trip in Uncle H.G. Talbot's unreliable time-and-space machine, and they've arrived in 1890 London--where it might be a tad difficult to buy the 212 double-A batteries they need for the machine to get them home.

The Werewolf Club meets the Hound of the Basketballs
ISBN: 9780689845758. OCLC Number: 46872419

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

The Watson Elementary School Werewolf Club goes on a field trip to Basketball Hall, where Sir Hugo hopes they will solve the mystery of the hound which has plagued his family for generations.

The Wuggie Norple story
ISBN: 0440848792. OCLC Number: 25150240

Trupmet Club,. .

The family's new pet kitten grows at such a ridiculous rate that the father must bring home animals to compare its size each day.

Three big hogs
ISBN: 0816431469. OCLC Number: 1207394

Seabury Press,. .

While searching for a comfortable new home, three domestic hogs run into some unexpected and alarming situations, including hostile residents and police, a butcher's shop, and a fierce forest hog.

Tooth-Gnasher Superflash
ISBN: 0689714076. OCLC Number: 20595593

Macmillan Pub. Co. ;. .

The Popsnorkle family test drives the Tooth-Gnasher Superflash, pleased with the car's ability to turn into several different animals.

Uncle Boris in the Yukon, and other shaggy dog stories
ISBN: 0156027151. OCLC Number: 49226281

Harcourt,. .

With the candor and wit that he's known for, Daniel Pinkwater shares heartfelt and often peculiar reflections on the dogs (and other assorted creatures) that have shaped his life and family traditions. Pinkwater begins with the tale of his colorful Uncle Boris, who sets off on a trek from Warsaw to the Yukon in search of gold. Along the way he strikes up a curious friendship with Jake, the lead dog in his team of malamutes, who, as it happens, converses in perfect Yiddish. This is the first in a series of delightful anecdotes that introduce a curious cast of canines, including a couple of wolf breeds, a Labrador retriever, a few more malamutes, a chow chow, a mutt, and even a Pekinese, among others. A mordantly funny and smartly entertaining mix of memoir and fancy (Booklist), Uncle Boris in the Yukon shows us a world where, though Pinkwater is top dog, it's the four-legged companions who steal the show.

Uncle Melvin
ISBN: 0027746755. OCLC Number: 18987355

Macmillan,. .

Charles enjoys spending time with his gentle Uncle Melvin, even though Melvin harbors strange delusions about his own power to talk to the birds or control the rain.

Wallpaper from space
ISBN: 0689807643. OCLC Number: 32922892

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

At bedtime, a young boy enters the outer space-patterned wallpaper in his room and has adventures with a band of spacemice.

ISBN: 0027744116. OCLC Number: 22422812

Macmillan Pub. Co. ;. .

At the height of his vampire craze, Jonathan meets some real vampires and finds they are not quite what he expected.

Wizard crystal
ISBN: 0396067042. OCLC Number: 640199

Dodd, Mead & Co.,. .

A wizard is determined to get the wonderful crystal at the bottom of the lake.

Wolf Christmas
ISBN: 0760735107. OCLC Number: 55484639

Backpack Books,. .

Young adult novel
ISBN: 0690041888. OCLC Number: 7737616

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The Wild Dada Ducks initiate drasitc changes when the school authorities object to their wearing fish neckties and bicycle wheels to school. Their ingenuity knows no bounds as they create a true high school hero from a total nerd. The powerful Kevin Shapiro counters chaos and ultimately squelches revolution with Grape-Nuts, leaving anyone who reads this thrilling story wishing he hadn't. -- Jacket flap.

Young adults
ISBN: 0812515196. OCLC Number: 24159367

Tom Doherty Associates,. .

Young Larry
ISBN: 0761451773. OCLC Number: 55983274

Marshall Cavendish,. .

After being hit on the head by his mother and told to fend for himself, Larry the polar bear floats from Baffin Bay to New Jersey where he gets a job as a lifeguard.