(1941- ) US author and radio commentator. His books, mostly sf or Children's Fantasy, have attracted a large audience of adult readers for their anarchic humour and subversive spirit. As with much children's fiction, genre categories prove largely inapplicable; no useful distinction is made by calling, e.g., Guys from Space (1989 chap) sf and Blue Moose (1975 chap) fantasy. Much of DMP's fiction has been treated as sf: admirers of his work read it without regard to genre. Most of DMP's books for young children are also illustrated by him.
Works that make prominent use of unequivocal fantasy elements include: Wizard Crystal (1973); Magic Camera (1974); the Moose trilogy, being Blue Moose (1975 chap) as Manus Pinkwater, Return of the Moose (1979 chap) and The Moosepire (1986 chap); I Was a Second Grade Werewolf (1983); Tooth-Gnasher Superflash (1981 chap); Devil in the Drain (1984 chap); the Magic Moscow sequence, being The Magic Moscow (1980 chap), Attila the Pun (1981 chap) and Slaves of Spiegel (1982 chap); The Muffin Fiend (1986 chap); and Wempires (1991 chap). This list scants DMP's novels for older children, most of which possess an sf rationale. The Afterlife Diet (1995), DMP's first novel for adults, is an acerbic Afterlife fantasy. [GF]
Daniel Manus Pinkwater