Lizard Music is another hilarious book by Daniel Pinkwater. This one is about a boy named Victor from a town called McDonaldsville. Victor’s parents are away on vacation and his older sister is out camping even though she is supposed to be looking after him. Since his parents are away, he can watch television late at night. One night, something strange happens. The television begins to show lizards performing jazz music. This is mysterious because nothing about lizards appears in the television guide.
Victor later finds a man known as “The Chicken Man,” with a trained chicken named Claudia who helps Victor discover where the lizards come from. They set off for a place called Invisible Island. This is where the lizards broadcast their own television channel. Their island has been drifting toward Victor’s hometown, and the weather is just right for Victor’s television to pick up their signal.
I enjoy reading about Victor’s wacky tour through the island. For example, he is introduced to the House of Plants. The house has a tree called the Truth Tree, which shakes its leaves and emits a loud noise whenever someone is telling a lie nearby. Victor also enters the House of Memory. In this house, whatever Victor thinks about appears in the room.
This book is a favorite of mine because of its quirky and random humor. Daniel Pinkwater is a very unique author but I think his books can appeal to a wide audience, as long as you are not looking for a serious read.
Lizard Music by Daniel Pinkwater is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.