The Neddiad: How Neddie Took the Train, Went to Hollywood, and Saved Civilization
Bestselling author Daniel Pinkwater's story of how Neddie, a shaman, a ghost, three pals, and a maneuver known as the French substitution determine the fate of the world.Melvin the Shaman. Sandor Eucalyptus. Billy the Phantom Bellboy. Daniel Pinkwater's weird and wonderful tale of Neddie... show more
Bestselling author Daniel Pinkwater's story of how Neddie, a shaman, a ghost, three pals, and a maneuver known as the French substitution determine the fate of the world.Melvin the Shaman. Sandor Eucalyptus. Billy the Phantom Bellboy. Daniel Pinkwater's weird and wonderful tale of Neddie Wentworthstein's quest to save civilization features some of the most unique heroes and villains a reader could hope to meet. Despite the heavy responsibility that Neddie must carry (not every kid is charged with rescuing humankind from doom), his story is hilarious, warm, welcoming, and sweet.
Publish date: February 16th 2009
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Series: Neddie & Friends (#1)
It is reminiscent of [b:Dandelion Wine|50033|Dandelion Wine|Ray Bradbury|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1170366282s/50033.jpg|1627774]; delight in the world through the eyes of a nice kid, the titular Neddie. And then in comes the magic and it touches something deep and slanty about the world.
What can I say? I love Pinkwater. He's zany, lovable, and inventive as hell. Unique in his own. Plus he throws in little tidbits of fun facts. Little did you know that you would gain the knowledge of how many different types of turtles are in the world as you read this book, or that the La Brea Tar ...
The Neddiad really lives up to the awesome cover art that drew Max (age 7) and I to the book in the first place. It starts off thoughtful and interesting; a kid in 1940's America with a quirky family doing all-American things. It quickly gets strange. Very, very strange. I really liked how despite ...
Pinkwater does manage to pull off quirkiness in a way that comes across as a sense of wonder and fun. Most of the story is a 50's nostalgia trip to Los Angeles, the rest is some kind of trippy religious experience, which is not as fun, though not awful. Pinkwater narrates the audio book well.