Daniel Pinkwater is, in brief, the author and sometimes illustrator of over 80 (and counting) wildly popular books. He was also an occasional commentator on National Public Radio’s All Thing Considered and appeared regularly on Weekend Edition Saturday, where he reviewed exceptional kids’ books with host Scott Simon. Said books usually went on to become best-selling classics.
Daniel has also contributed to a number of print publications, including the New York Times Magazine, OMNI, and many other fine periodicals.
In collaboration with Tony Auth, Daniel wrote an unfortunately short-lived comic strip, NORB, which was critically acclaimed by Jules Feiffer and Chaim Potok, and no one else. (It was really good, though.)
For a basic kid-friendly biography and lots of colourful pictures of a youthful Pinkwater, try Meet Daniel Pinkwater, by Alice McGinty. For a more in-depth analysis of Daniel’s life and work, you could do worse than to consult Walter Hogan’s fine author study, The Agony and the Eggplant: Daniel Pinkwater’s heroic struggles in the name of YA literature.
Daniel Pinkwater is _not_ Dav Pilkey. Probably, anyway.
Jill Pinkwater is an award-winning author and illustrator who has collaborated with Daniel on many fine books, many of which feature polar bears and other noble creatures. They’ve also worked together on “Superpuppy,” the world’s best guide to owning and caring for a canine companion.
Comprising the collection of much-loved novels Jill has written are Cloud Horse, The disappearance of Sister Perfect, Buffalo Brenda, Tails of the Bronx, and Mr. Fred.
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