Synopses & Reviews
Big Audrey is a girl . . .
with catandrsquo;s whiskers . . .
and sort of catandrsquo;s eyes.
But, is there an other cat-whiskered, sort of cat-eyed girl?
Big Audrey waves goodbye to her friends Iggy and Neddie, Seamus, and Crazy Wig, in Los Angeles and hitches a ride with bongo-playing-while-driving Marlon Brando across the country to Poughkeepsie, New York, city of mystery. She finds she has questions needing answersandmdash;and a bit of inter-plane-of-existence traveling to do.
Big Audrey and her telepathic friend Molly zigzag off on an incredibly strange and kooky adventure, and solve the mystery of the cat-whiskered doppelganger.
"The best thing about Pinkwater is his untamed imagination, and like those in this book's predecessors, The Neddiad and The Yggyssey, his loveable, absurd characters feel like they've been drawn straight from the minds of elementary-school children. The story picks up after the events of The Yggyssey, with narrator Big Audrey, the partly feline girl from another plane of existence first seen in that book, getting mixed up in a series of belief-defying adventures. Leaving Yggy, Neddie, and Seamus in Los Angeles, Big Audrey hitches a ride to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with Marlon Brando (yes, that Brando), finds a job in a paranormal bookstore, befriends a pair of mental patients, and searches for clues to her past with the help of the wise Chicken Nancy and a horrific monster/puppy, the Wolluf. Pinkwater meanders all over the place in his storytelling, weaving together nonsense and humor with bits of actual history and science. The story is fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny, and though the ending, if it can be called that, doesn't let up on the weirdness, readers will find reasons to delight on every page. Ages 10 up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
andquot;Well stocked with the usual oddball characters and fabulous throwaway lines (andquot;Doughnuts are not unknown where I come from, but they are not used as foodandquot;), the book sails along in an airy and vastly entertaining way to an appropriately daffy resolution. Pinkwater is definitely on a rollandmdash;or in this case a fritter.andquot;--Kirkus
andquot;Mixing the absurd with the profound, Pinkwaterand#39;s odd narration will have even the most serious readers laughing at the chaos. As Audrey notes, andquot;Very often when crazy people are not actively being crazy, they are less crazy than regular people who are a little bit crazy at all times.andquot;--Booklist
andquot;Pinkwater meanders all over the place in his storytelling, weaving together nonsense and humor with bits of actual history and science. The story is fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny, and though the ending, if it can be called that, doesnand#39;t let up on the weirdness, readers will find reasons to delight on every page.andquot;--Publishers Weekly
Big Audrey is a girl with cat's whiskers. But is there another cat-whiskered girl? Big Audrey and her telepathic friend Molly zigzag on a strange and kooky adventure, and solve the mystery of the cat-whiskered doppelganger. Illustrations.
A new YA novel in the style of THE EDUCATION OF ROBERT NIFKIN
About the Author
Daniel Pinkwater is crazy about writing, and has been trying to learn how to do it for fifty years. He has written about a hundred books, all but two or three of them good. People who own radios may know Daniel Pinkwater as a popular commentator and childrens book reviewer on National Public Radio. At one time, he lived in Los Angeles, went to a fancy private school with the children of movie stars, and ate in The Hat numerous times. He lives with his wife, the illustrator and novelist Jill Pinkwater, and several dogs and cats in a very old farmhouse in New Yorks Hudson River Valley.