✓ Lizard Music || ¼ PDF Read by ✓ Daniel Pinkwater


  • Title: Lizard Music
  • Author: Daniel Pinkwater
  • ISBN: 9780440413196
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback

  • When left to take care of himself, a young boy becomes involved with a community of intelligent lizards who tell him of a little known invasion from outer space.
    Daniel Pinkwater
    Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children s books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio He attended Bard College Well known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for recent works that task has passed to his wife Jill Pinkwater.


    Commentaires:

    Dan
    You have not actually lived until you have read this book, in part because the Chicken Man is a necessary and essential guru for true life, and in part because you must learn to find the Lizard Music that is permeating the airwaves all around you when you stay up too late at night, but most of all because truly living most definitely involves absorbing the worldview of Daniel Manus Pinkwater. If you disagree, but cannot articulate why, then you are, I am sorry to say, existing in a soulless void [...]

    Erica Ravenclaw
    ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The Five Books That Made Me Fall In Love With Reading: #2THISOKANGEDFE.Alright so that's a little dramatic, I suppose but it has a grain of truth. I am in my last year of my twenties, and I've come to realize that we are only gifted with a certain amount of vivid childhood memories. I'm speaking specifically of textural memory that swirls into your vision, and just a moment floods your senses. I was in third grade and was a student of Mrs. Wright. She was a short and plump Me [...]

    Diana Welsch
    I received this book as a birthday or Christmas gift from my parents when I was a child. We lived in kind of an isolated area, and I couldn't get to the library whenever I wanted, so needless to say I read this book a LOT. I got kind of obsessed with it around 5th grade, not just for the great story, but because I thought the rockin' lizards on the cover were TOTALLY BADASSSSSS!Lizard Music is a hilarious adventure about a young teenager who is left alone when his parents go out of town. His fri [...]

    Brian Kelley
    Instead of a current YA novel I reached back to 1976 to find a novel to read and review: Daniel Pinkwater's Lizard Music. My first impression is that the book captures the groovy "anything is possible vibe" of the 1970s. I was 8 years-old in 1976 and playing with my Evil Knievel Stunt Bike while Steve Jobs was busy launching Apple. The Concord flew, an Oil Crisis emerged, and Jimmy Carter became the President. Lizard Music doesn't mention any of it, but the whole feel of the novel was very nosta [...]

    Trish
    I am not sure why, but when looking through the Children’s Department of a bookstore a couple of years ago, I decided I wanted to read this book. Perhaps it caught my attention because when I saw it, it had been newly published in a gorgeous jacket featuring a black and white hand-cut woodblock picture with red binding tape as part of the New York Review Children’s Collection. I didn’t act on my wish to read it and gift it to a nephew until a friend recently revealed he, too, read children [...]

    Nicholaus Patnaude
    Lizard Music is a bit of an off-the-radar legend for writers of the fantastic (Neil Gaiman, fr instance, has been heard singing its praises). Its a quick, funny, and surreal read with a voice of a young boy that is spot-on accurate. Lizard Music has the whimsy of books like Stine's Goosebumps, but it is far less formulaic and, somehow, more dangerous despite having less macabre themes--unless of course you consider the thinly-veiled yet predominant theme of insanity. There is an eerie sense of p [...]

    Jessica
    As a kid this one didn't click with me the way his other books did. I was a diehard fan (and still am) of THE LAST GURU and ALAN MENDELSSOHN, BOY FROM MARS. It seemed like anyone who read Pinkwater, though, was all about LIZARD MUSIC and had never heard of the others. I read it, and again, it was fine. Now I've read it aloud to my kids. My kids didn't know who Walter Kronkite was. They've never seen, let alone eaten, a TV dinner. But they laughed and laughed. Yes, I had to stop and explain about [...]

    Fuzzy Gerdes
    I've read Lizard Music a couple of times before, and seen the stage version that Lifeline Theater did in 1997. This time I was listening to an audio version, read by the author, which you can download for free from pinkwater. A friend, recalling some of Daniel Pinkwater's NPR appearances, said that to listen to his voice for two and a half hours might kill her. And it's true that it's a gravely voice. But I just get so caught up in Victor's adventures alone in a thinly-disguised Chicago. The fac [...]

    Saul
    This book starts out simple enough. A young boy named Victor from a semi-dysfunctional family, left at home without any supervision. So when musical lizards show up on TV after hours, a mystery begins to unfold. It involves a strange man with a chicken under his hat and late night horror films. Victor can't say what it all means, but he's gonna find out.My daughter enjoyed reading this together with me before bed. It's a a wonderful Pinkwater tale. One where the story takes on dreamlike qualitie [...]

    Nicola Mansfield
    A fantastic book of magical realism. I've only read a couple of Pinkwater's books but really enjoyed them. This one has the same type of theme of a fantastical tale taking place in the ordinary mundane world. All sorts of wondrous things happen that I began to find myself waiting for the "it-was-all-a-dream" ending but no, these fanciful events are real as far as anyone is concerned. The plot is pure silliness but so full of incidents that I couldn't begin to explain the plot. Let's just say you [...]

    Nick Fagerlund
    LIZARD MUSIC, y'all. I was feeling an urge to re-read, and I'd been drooling over the NYRB's recent maximum class edition with the geometric lizard cover, so I found a copy of that at Powell's.It's always hard to decide which part of this book to explain to people, so maybe just a cluster of thoughtlets is in order.* When I read this for the first time (age what, 11?), it seemed subversive as hell. It's about a young kid in a modern milieu navigating the world on his own, caring for himself, doi [...]

    Hollie Ruthless
    This book is a total intro to nonsensical books. I feel like many kids books have to make sense, even if they are based in fantasy, but this book is just so off the wall and that makes it SO enjoyable. I've definitely read too many adult books, because I kept waiting for something explosive and evil to happen, but it's just a weird little story. There are some questionable statements about other races and sexes, etc. that make it obvious that this book is not written in modern times, but it's no [...]

    Montague
    It was about a boy trying to figure out why he keeps seeing lizards and what they are and where they are. I liked them trying to go to where the lizards live. It was fantastic. (age 7)

    Troy
    Warning: this rating and review based on severe nostalgia.One of my all-time favorite young adult books. Weird, funny and creepy all at the same time. Victor the first-person protagonist is an incredibly identifiable character. My favorite moment is when he becomes so overwhelmed with his discovery of the lizards, The Chicken Man and the pod people, his mixture of fear, excitement, and his love of the beautiful lesser kudu he saw at the zoo that he weeps uncontrollably. Pinkwater's wandering ima [...]

    Nathaniel Hardman
    This was one weird book. In classic Pinkwater style, it's bizzare and outrageous, and there are moments where it's truly hilarious. It isn't always laugh-out-loud funny, but it's always amuzing. Pinkwater has this unique comedic voice that he uses - it's hard to describe exactly, but part of it is that he presents all the madness in a very matter-of-fact way. For example, the main character ends up in this secret city of super-intelligent lizards, and in the city he finds a fountain: "In the mid [...]

    Trixie Fontaine
    I *adored* this book . . . felt like it was my entre into a world that totally made sense to me that nobody else I knew would "get". I'd love to read it again as an adult to try to see what it was that I loved SO MUCH. It was just bizarre and magnificent.Update: I reread this last month and was thoroughly transported and reminded of so much I'd forgotten, and who I am and what I love. Lizard bands broadcasting on the tv late at night!!! Communiques only understood by chickens!!! Being rushed up [...]

    Jennifer
    A re-release form the late 70s.I am not sure if kids today will have any idea who Walter Cronkite is but aside from that and a little dated language this book is basically an acid trip of a fantasy for kids. Made me think back to being a kid in the 70s and realizing that there was a general surreal cultural component that permeated life, even in the burbs. I mean the Electric Company was a little crazy, no? This is like that with talking, lizard jazz musicians.

    Natalie Douglas
    I like to give my ratings to books based on my most recent experience reading them. Which means sometimes I have to think back to grade school and remember my experience with a book (hello, Ella Enchanted). What I remember most about this book was that I was OBSESSED with it in the second grade. It was like nothing I had ever read and inspired me to write stories and even though I had access to a library of books, I also kept rereading it.

    Thaddeus
    I loved this book as a kid; it's the reason I choose Grape Soda anytime I get a chance.I ordered a copy for the boys and couldn't resist re-visiting it. The absurd world of Daniel Pinkwater was waiting for me like a comfortable cocoon. As Victor works to unravel the mystery of the Lizards that he's seeing on TV, he encounters the Chicken Man in all his various guises, questions his sanity and has fun adventures.Can't wait for my boys to read it!

    Allie
    Mr. Pinkwater may not do it for everybody, but he sure does it for me. (In hindsight, this wasn't the best book to read while recovering from surgery, because I kept laughing. Hard.) I wish I would have discovered Pinkwater when I was younger, as I think it really could have inspired me to be more creative. He's just so quirky and different!

    Jennifer Nix
    I first read this book in 6th grade A long time ago, and I loved it. Found it on the shelf of the library at the school where I teach, and have read it often to my students. They love it too. It's a great 70s flashback, and a intriguing and hilarious story.

    Lucy Murphy
    Still so good.

    Phrodrick
    Bottom Line first;Not my favorite Danial Pinkwater preteen novel. The lead in is as good as his best. The payoff was something of a let-down. It is a tight bit of storytelling; meaning that there is little in the way of complex plotting , and therefore not much padding. Start to finish in a brisk 157 pages. Note my copy is the hard back NY Review Children's' Edition. Absent one relatively unnecessary reference to a woman's over use of cleavage it is family friendly. This is a minor bit of satire [...]

    Rebecca
    Victor is left all alone at home. And what he does with his freedom is watch Walter Cronkite. There is something endearing about this boy who is a little different from the other children he knows. And as things that he cannot understand start to happen around him and he is all alone to figure it out he learns about what he is capable of. Chicken Man, who helps him with his quest, is a quirky fun character. (As is his chicken.) Actually the whole story is quirky and fun. It has a surreal feel to [...]

    Carla A
    For some unknown reason I was laying awake last night and spent a lot of time thinking about how much I LOVED this book when I was in 7th and 8th grade. The awesomeness of this book might not translate in our current world of electronic tethers, and helicopter parenting but well the late 1970's had better attitudes to children exploring the world on their own with out parents having to do everything for the kids. Anyway this book rocks, Lizards playing jazz on late night TV, the opertunity to ge [...]

    Diana
    I read this book a LOOOONNNNNGGGG time ago, and could only remember bits & pieces, and apparently I read it again, probably at a time when I wasn't recording my books on , but I could never remember the title, just the part about Victor being left at home alone, his ordering pizza, meeting the Chicken Man, and something weird on the TV after sign-off.

    Hannah Givens
    I first read Lizard Music something like 15 years ago. It was weird and amazing and I loved it, but I think I only read it once. I just read it again, and everything was just as I remembered it. Nothing about this book makes any sense, but I love it anyway. <3

    TurtleZ
    One of my favourites.[SPOILER ALERT]It's really freaky at the start and there's lizards everywhere, on tv, music channels, and the main character (Victor) meets the Chicken Man. And then, when Victor goes to the invisible island, it's a really nice part. My favourite bit of the book.

    Jen
    These books were my life blood when i was a teen!

    Kathy
    what an amazing collection of wacked out ideas, all put together in a fun way.

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      Published :2018-06-20T10:15:22+00:00