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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.

Published Works

  • The Terrible Roar, Knopf, 1970
  • Bear's Picture, Holt, 1972
  • Wizard Crystal, Dodd, 1973
  • Magic Camera, Dodd, 1974
  • Fat Elliot and the Gorilla, Four Winds, 1974
  • Three Big Hogs, Seabury, 1975
  • Blue Moose, Dodd, 1975
  • Around Fred's Bed, Prentice-Hall, 1976
  • Lizard Music, Dodd, 1976
  • The Blue Thing, Prentice-Hall, 1977
  • The Big Orange Splot, Hastings House, 1977
  • Fat Men from Space, Dodd, 1977
  • The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, Prentice-Hall, 1977
  • Superpuppy: How to Choose, Raise, and Train the Best Possible Dog for You, Seabury, 1977 - revised edition, Clarion Books, 2002
  • The Last Guru, Dodd, 1978
  • Return of the Moose, Dodd, 1979
  • Pickle Creature, Four Winds, 1979
  • Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars, Dutton, 1979
  • Yobgorgle: Mystery Monster of Lake Ontario, Clarion, 1979 - revised edition, Bantam, 1981
  • Java Jack, Crowell, 1980
  • The Wuggie Norple Story, Four Winds, 1980
  • The Magic Moscow, Four Winds, 1980
  • Tooth-Gnasher Superflash, Four Winds, 1981
  • Attila the Pun: A Magic Moscow Book, Four Winds, 1981
  • The Worms of Kukumlima, Dutton, 1981
  • Slaves of Spiegel: A Magic Moscow Story, Four Winds, 1982
  • Young Adult Novel, Crowell, 1982
  • Roger's Umbrella, Dutton, 1982
  • The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Lothrop, 1982
  • I Was a Second Grade Werewolf, Dutton, 1983
  • Ducks!, Little, Brown, 1984
  • Devil in the Drain, Dutton, 1984
  • The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror, Lothrop, 1984
  • Jolly Roger: A Dog of Hoboken, Lothrop, 1985
  • Young Adults, Tor, 1985
  • The Moosepire, Little, Brown, 1986
  • The Muffin Fiend, Lothrop, 1986
  • The Frankenbagel Monster, Dutton, 1986
  • Aunt Lulu, Macmillan, 1988
  • Guys from Space, Macmillan, 1989
  • Uncle Melvin, Macmillan, 1989
  • Borgel, Macmillan, 1990
  • Doodle Flute, Macmillan, 1991
  • Wempires, Macmillan, 1991
  • The Phantom of the Lunch Wagon, Macmillan, 1992
  • Author's Day, Macmillan, 1993
  • Blue Moose and Return of the Moose, Bullseye Books, 1993
  • Spaceburger: A Kevin Spoon and Mason Mintz Story, Macmillan, 1993
  • Ned Feldman: Space Pirate, Macmillan, 1994
  • The Afterlife Diet, Random House, 1995
  • Mush: A Dog from Space, Atheneum, 1995
  • Wallpaper from Space, Atheneum, 1996
  • Goose Night, Random House, 1996
  • Magic Goose, Scholastic, 1997
  • Second Grade Ape, Scholastic, 1997
  • At the Hotel Larry, Marshall Cavendish, 1998
  • Bongo Larry, Marshall Cavendish, 1998
  • The Education of Robert Nifkin, Farrar, Straus, 1998
  • Rainy Morning, Atheneum, 1998
  • Wolf Christmas, Marshall Cavendish, 1998
  • Big Bob and the Thanksgiving Potatoes, Scholastic, 1998
  • Young Larry, Marshall Cavendish, 1998
  • Ice Cream Larry, Marshall Cavendish, 1999
  • Big Bob and the Winter Holiday Potato, Scholastic, 1999
  • Big Bob and the Halloween Potatoes, Scholastic, 1999
  • Big Bob and the Magic Valentine's Day Potato, Scholastic, 1999
  • The Lunchroom of Doom, Atheneum, 2000
  • The Magic Pretzel, Atheneum, 2000
  • Fat Camp Commandos, Scholastic, 2001
  • Cone Kong: The Scary Ice Cream Giant, Scholastic, 2001
  • The Werewolf Club Meets Dorkula, Atheneum, 2001
  • The Werewolf Club Meets the Hound of the Basketballs, Atheneum, 2001
  • Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears, Houghton Mifflin, 2001
  • Uncle Boris in the Yukon and Other Shaggy Dog Stories, Simon & Schuster, 2001
  • The Werewolf Club Meets Oliver Twit, Antheneum, 2002
  • Fat Camp Commandos Go West, Scholastic, 2002
  • Mush's Jazz Adventure, Aladdin, 2002
  • The Picture of Morty and Ray, HarperCollins, 2003
  • Bad Bears in the Big City, Houghton Mifflin, 2003
  • Looking for Bobowicz: A Hoboken Chicken Story, HarperCollins, 2004
  • Bad Bears and a Bunny, Houghton Mifflin, 2005
  • The Artsy Smartsy Club, HarperCollins, 2005
  • Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken, Feiwel & Friends, 2010
  • Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl, HMH Books, 2011
  • Bear in Love, Candlewick, 2012
  • Bushman Lives, HMH Books , 2012
  • Sleepover Larry, Two Lions, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

Beautiful Yetta :
ISBN: 0312558244. OCLC Number:

Feiwel and Friends,. New York, NY :. 2010.

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.

Adventures of a cat-whiskered girl /
ISBN: 0547550022. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. Boston :. 2010.

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.

Bear in love /
ISBN: 0763645699. OCLC Number:

Candlewick Press,. Somerville, Mass. :. 2012.

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.

Bushman lives! /
ISBN: 0547385390. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. Boston :. 2012.

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.

Sleepover Larry /
ISBN: 1477847650. OCLC Number:

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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.


  • 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)


    Roger's Umbrella

    , 1982

  • Emphasis on Reading Award (grades K-1)


    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 //