Pinkwater Newsflash – The Yggyssey begins in April!

 The latest Pinkwater podcast reveals that the sequel to the Neddiad will begin appearing in serialized form on Pinkwater’s Website in April.
The Neddiad, which should have been at least a Newbery Honor book this year, was a ton of fun.  Not sure where the sequel will go, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with a greater understanding of the whole Pinkwater universe.
You may as well sign on for the Yggyssey right away, because I’ll probably be urging you to read it during the whole serialization.

OMG! Snarkout Boys Audio Book!!!!

Pinkwater recently put up the last chapter of Lizard Music as an audiobook over at his blog. I need to devote another whole post to it. It is divine!
But the newsflash is that he has started a new book and it is…. The Snarkout Boys and The Avocado of Death!!!!!!!!!!
I can’t find the words to express my pleasure over this news…
(True my greatest wish is for him to do A.M. Boy from Mars, but this is golden! Golden!)
Life is good!

Lizard Music gets better

Pinkwater’ prose is so chewy and tasty and goes down so easy that it’s easy for the reader to rip into it like  bag of Eggplant-flavored Potato Chips, devouring the whole thing in one crazy gobble.
But there’s another way to enjoy a Pinkwater book — the gourmet way, savoring each morsel.
Since it’s impossible to restrain oneself, however, we need help savoring and not gobbling.
That’s why Pinkwater’s audio books are so wonderful. Whether it’s the magnificent new Neddiad on CD or one of his free, downloadable books, you just can’t beat having Pinkwater read his books to you. The nuances and flavors that you missed while gobbling, now become clear as Pinkwater takes his time reading the stories.
I’ll never forget that first time that I gobbled down Lizard Music and the outrageousness of it all had me flopping about the room in hysterics.
But, now, I’m enjoying the chance to savor it and let me tell you it is mighty fine.
By the way, I went over to the Pinkwater Forum and asked about the possibility of an Alan Mendelsohn audio book and DP responded that it “may possibly” happen. That may possibly be the greatest thing ever! (although I’m also very excited about the coming serialization of the Neddiad sequel.)

Pinkwater newsflash…

I had missed the end of a recent Pinkwater Podcast.
When I finished it up today I realized that I had missed BIG NEWS:
The Neddiad’s sequel (like the Neddiad before it) is going to appear in serialized form on Pinkwater’s blog. At least I think that’s what’s going to happen. It’s still alittle vague, but… we do knw that it will be called THE YGGYSSEY — Can’t wait!!!
By the way… I think it’s a real shame that The Neddiad didn’t get the Newbery* or a Newbery honor. It is a mighty, mighty book that deserves to be on the Newbery list for eager fifth-graders to discover FOR ALL TIME!!!!
*(Not that I have anything against the book that did win!)

No Broken Linking Emergency

NPR this morning mentioned something about a public outcry over a broken link to Pinkwater podcasts and audio books. They’ve cleared it up.
I’ve heard his podcasts, but I had missed the books!
Amazing! Lizard Music is available for FREE download! Presumably read by the man himself. Wow. I can’t wait. (But since I have dial-up, I must wait.) To hear Pinkwater in person reading about model airplane glue and irresponsible sisters and late-night lizard TV…
(By the way, you did catch that magnificent pun in the title of this post, didn’t you?)

UK’s Books for Boys & my additions, subtractions

There’s apparently an official governement list of books for boys in the UK. (It came out last May, but I missed it.)

I haven’t read most of them, but I have to point out that the list contains two of the most over-rated books of all time:

Huck Finn and Robinson Crusoe

Ugh. Why not throw Pilgrim’s Progress on there while you’re at it?

(I just read Horowitz’s bit about not forcing classics on kids.

I agree with that regarding good classics and doubly agree regarding stinky classics, like Huck Finn. (Actually, I think I like it even LESS now than I did when I was a kid.))

Luckily, there are 165 other books that boys can read first.

Since this is a UK list it is an OUTRAGE that Helen Cresswell and John Christopher are not on it. WHAT THE HECK PEOPLE??? In what world is the Tripods series not the ultimate boy book fest?

A few of the books I would add to the list:

Any Pinkwater novel, esp. Alan M.

Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain series and Prince Jen

Ender’s Game

The Westing Game

The Great Brain series

The Furious Flycycle

The Bagthorpe Series

Night of the Birds

Hugo Cabret

The Lotus Caves

The White Mountains (Tripod series)

The Cyberiad, by Lem

and, of course,

The Qwikpick Adventure Society

Poetry Friday – Baconburg Horror Week – PINKWATER Poetry


Time to wrap up Baconburg Horror Week with a little poetry.

Yes, Baconburg Horror has plenty of poetry.

Paranoid poet and possible werewolf Jonathan Quicksilver gives readings at Dharma Buns coffee house, but he composed this one on a napkin  at The Deadly Nightshade Diner — We Never Close:

THAT WEREWOLF                                       BOY





                       I KNOW

                       THAT IT

                                       HAS SOMETHING AGAINST





(Who knows how that will appear on screen, but I tried.)

There’s lots more poetry and werewolfery where this came from folks. So check out THE BACONBURG HORROR today!

Thanks a lot to Daniel Pinkwater for permission to reprint a poem here, answering my questions and writing The Baconburg Horror to begin with.

I’ll see you next year for Avocado of Death Week! No, make that Yobgorgle Week. No, make that Dirty Louise week….