[a:Daniel Pinkwater|20575|Daniel Pinkwater|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] is great and still has it (at least as of last year when this came out). I still include [b:Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars|354475|Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars|Daniel M. Pinkwater|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1221541991l/354475._SX50_.jpg|344667] and [b:The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death|64653|The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death (Snarkout Boys, #1)|Daniel Pinkwater|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1388528786l/64653._SY75_.jpg|62756] as formative works. I wouldn't quite put this one up there but it might be as good as [b:Lizard Music|63321|Lizard Music|D. Manus Pinkwater|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1388468183l/63321._SX50_.jpg|61495]. It seemed shorter than a lot of his works and also when I was a kid and Pinkwater wrote about something weird or historical, it was usually new to me, but I already knew about several of those things now that I'm older and it hits different, more like a reference than a new experience. (But there were a couple of new things, too.) It had that Pinkwater matter of fact prose, yet pretty dang weird situations and/or characters combination.