Rereading my childhood: The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death

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29 Responses to “Rereading my childhood: The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death”

  1. Megan says:

    I prefer avocados.  Avacados just don’t taste the same.

  2. Jorpho says:

    Avacado of Death?  Wouldn’t that be… The Devil’s Avacado?

    Also, I remain frustrated to this day that I neglected to pick up Night of the Living Gator, the singularly elusive conclusion to the Daniel M. Pinkwater’s Melvinge of the Megaverse trilogy.  I should probably just bite the bullet and pay the outrageous Amazon prices.

  3. TSBATAOD is a truly great work of literature.  Anyone who knows about it jumps up many levels in my esteem.  

  4. alfanovember says:

    Having grown into a Vintage Hi-Fi geek in adulthood,  the description of Rat’s Klugwallah Sound Reproducing System (stereo is for sissies!) in chapter 13 is a tantalizing clue to the origins of my interest.  It also tips Pinkwater’s hand – a lovingly detailed description of something so esoteric could only have been crafted by a fellow enthusiast.

  5. Les Weiler says:

    Makes me want to re-read my Three Investigators books. Thanks for posting this.

  6. NobleBaker says:

    I have read this book many times, as a child and as an adult.

  7. speno says:

    You can listen to Daniel himself reading this book for free at http://www.pinkwater.com/podcast/audioarchive.php
    Pinkwater and his words makes me happy.

  8. Justin Spath says:

    Thank you so much.  I read this book as a kid and have been trying for what seems like years to remember the title.

  9. adamselzer says:

    This book was no small part of why I moved to Chicago as soon as I could. Now I take tour groups past “Blueberry Park” every night.

  10. Alexander Hu says:

    Yes!!! Love the Snarkout Boys and Daniel Pinkwater. Also great are Borgel and Yobgorgle :) I read them in collected form as a kid, and I recommend his collections as a great and affordable way to get into his work:

    http://www.amazon.com/4-Fantastic-Novels-Daniel-Pinkwater/dp/0689834888/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1357330739&sr=8-9&keywords=daniel+pinkwater

    http://www.amazon.com/Novels-Mendelsohn-Spiegel-Snarkout-Avocado/dp/0374423296/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357330739&sr=8-1&keywords=daniel+pinkwater

  11. jimkirk says:

    One of the books I re-read every couple of years or so.  Terrific stuff.

  12. Stefan Jones says:

    I recently moved my library to a new house. I got rid of a lot of books while packing and more while un-packing, but kept every volume of Pinkwater.

  13. Jimmy Jone says:

    Pretty sure that cover is by Sam Viviano, who did a lot of work for Mad Magazine.

  14. Finnagain says:

    Pinkwater is so good! I read these to my kids, and loved them. Recently I began re-reading the Just So stories from my own kiddage. Wonderful stuff!

  15. OtherMichael says:

    I’m still searching for a bowl of Green Death chili.

    Throughout college (and beyond, truth be told) I was thrilled to discover some personage or other from a DP book that was based on somebody or something real (a bunch of characters from “The Last Guru”, many of the elements from Young Adult Novel, etc.). There was a weird thrill when I found out that the bizarre home movies described in AMTBFM were based on his uncle’s bizarre home movies.

  16. nanner says:

    Fat Men from Space by Pinkwater was a favorite of my younger brother. It was silly fun. Maybe I’ll check out his other books for my kids :)

  17. Aron Greenberg says:

    This is absurd. The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror is clearly superior. Why has nobody mentioned this?

    Over the last year or so, I’ve made a habit of bringing home Pinkwater books every time I take my son to the library. It’s been very, very rewarding. The Big Orange Splot stands out among the picture books.

    • gwailo_joe says:

      I’m a Baconburg man myself.  Borgelnuskies, the Napoleon of crime, lycanthropy…that’s 3X win right there!

      I need to re-read the classics…it’s been awhile.

    • noah django says:

       I think this is the one that I read.  I read a book a day in the 7th grade, and I know I read something with The Snarkout Boys in the title.  this was the one with the mad scientist that tried to make magnetic food; then put it in the disc drive, save data on it, and eat it?  there may have been a soundproof room in a basement where they blasted Depeche Mode or something, and a beatnik poetry coffee house?  all those books blur together a bit.  Like the other commenter said, I would never have remembered the title had it not been for the post.

      When I got to highschool and had long forgotten this book, my homie Dave and I used to sneak out to Rocky Horror on Fridays, so I guess it was a seminal influence.  good times.

  18. Egypt Urnash says:

    Re-reading Alan Menelsohn as an adult was a very strange experience: I got the jokes. I’d learnt enough to know what he was making fun of, instead of assuming it all came from Pinkwater’s imagination.

    That book is basically the kiddie equivalent to the Illuminatus! trilogy.

  19. John Radi says:

    Alan Mendelsohn was one of my most  favorite books as a kid, totally turned me onto reading for life. 

  20. neilinchicago says:

    Ah, but if you were living in Chicago, you really could have gone to the Clark Theater, a different double feature every day.

  21. Jeninlb says:

    What, no Worms of Kukumlima?

  22. OMG. Seriously one of my all time favorites. <—– Ex-English teacher, current stay-at-home-dad

  23. TheMacNaughton says:

    Other things The Snarkout Boys books deserve recognition for: WPOV (werewolf-point-of-view), a brilliant fantasy version of lower Wacker Drive, the greatest drive-in movie theater to never exist, “Rat,” and that bit with the booth in the Deadly Nightshade Diner We Never Close. 

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