Lizard Music

Lizard Music

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by Daniel Pinkwater
     
 

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BY THE AUTHOR OF
The Big Orange Splot, The Neddiad, and 
Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl

Things Victor loves: pizza with anchovies, grape soda, B movies aired at midnight, the evening news. And with his parents off at a resort and his older sister shirking her babysitting duties, Victor has plenty of time to indulge himself

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BY THE AUTHOR OF
The Big Orange Splot, The Neddiad, and 
Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl

Things Victor loves: pizza with anchovies, grape soda, B movies aired at midnight, the evening news. And with his parents off at a resort and his older sister shirking her babysitting duties, Victor has plenty of time to indulge himself and to try a few things he’s been curious about. Exploring the nearby city of Hogboro, he runs into a curious character known as the Chicken Man (a reference to his companion, an intelligent hen named Claudia who lives under his hat). The Chicken Man speaks brilliant nonsense, but he seems to be hip to the lizard musicians (real lizards, not men in lizard suits) who’ve begun appearing on Victor’s television after the broadcast of the late-late movie. Are the lizards from outer space? From “other space”? Together Victor and the Chicken Man, guided by the able Claudia, journey to the lizards’ floating island, a strange and fantastic place that operates with an inspired logic of its own.

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"No author has ever captured the great fun of being weird, growing up as a happy mutant, unfettered by convention, as well as Pinkwater has. When I was a kid, Pinkwater novels like Lizard Music...made me intensely proud to be a little off-center and weird — they taught me to woo the muse of the odd and made me the happy adult I am today.  The NYRB edition of Lizard Music is a beautiful... hardcover, a testament to Pinkwater's influence on generations of readers. It's one of those books that, in the right hands at the right time, can change your life for the better and forever."  —Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

Lizard Music is. . . funny, properly paranoid, shot through with bad puns and sweet absurdities, and all about a baffled kid intent on tracking reality (as slippery as lizards) in a media-spooked milieu.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Wildly imaginative. . . . This is a natural high.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A writer for smart kids. . . . Pinkwater writes for, and about, people who are not ashamed to look at life a little differently.” —Kathy Ceceri, Wired.com

“I do believe that Daniel Pinkwater is my favorite writer, living or dead.” —Cory Doctorow

“Pinkwater is the uniquest. And so are his books. Each uniquer than the last . . . A delight in oddness. A magic that's not like anyone else's.” —Neil Gaiman

Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
Victor is home alone and ready to tackle the world. He loves anchovies on his pizza and Walter Cronkite. Not wanting his parents to return from vacation, he sends fake letters to them from his older sister, who has also taken off for a camping trip. Then the lizards start appearing: as musicians on late night television, on album covers, on Roger Mudd's shoulder, in a nature show, and in a man's hand. He also runs repeatedly into the Chicken Man, an odd character with a chicken, many names, and many jobs. Victor, the Chicken Man, and a chicken named Claudia search out the mystery of lizard society on an invisible floating island. They find very friendly lizards, mostly named Reynold, who worship chickens and also revere Walter Cronkite. They protect plants and a mystical memory hut and disapprove of the phony pod people many humans have become. This is a delightful, offbeat, and funny book for offbeat people, chickens, and lizards. Reviewer: Sue Poduska

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590173961
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
01/25/2011
Series:
New York Review Children's Collection Series
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
591,931
File size:
567 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Daniel Pinkwater has written about one hundred books, many of them good. Lizard Music was almost the first one he wrote, and remains his personal favorite. It is entirely his own work, and the story that it was discovered as a manuscript inserted in a bale of banana leaves, probably to increase the weight, is merely legend, and without foundation in fact.

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Lizard Music 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most memorable books Ive ever read. Ill never forget it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in the fifth grade and loved it.  Thirty-four years later I love it still!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it so much:-)(-:
Xan-man More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read for any child, even a child at heart. Parts of this story have stayed in my mind for years, a truly enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book captured the magic of my youth, and I still go back and reread it. One of my most highly recommended books for kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this book in years. My teacher read it to my class in 3rd grade. I remember racing in from recess every day to hear more of the story. I recently purchased it online to read to my children. Since it has been so long, I am sure I will enjoy it all over again!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wide deep hole near the top of the tree filled with a thick layer of solf dirt ( same in all the other holes in the tree )to dig nest in.
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