By Daniel Pinkwater
BY the writer OF
The gigantic Orange Splot, The Neddiad, and
Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl
issues Victor loves: pizza with anchovies, grape soda, B videos aired in the dead of night, the night information. And along with his mom and dad off at a lodge and his older sister shirking her babysitting tasks, Victor has lots of time to indulge himself and to attempt a couple of issues he’s been enthusiastic about. Exploring the close by urban of Hogboro, he runs right into a curious personality often called the fowl guy (a connection with his better half, an clever chicken named Claudia who lives less than his hat). The bird guy speaks fabulous nonsense, yet he seems hip to the lizard musicians (real lizards, no longer males in lizard fits) who’ve all started showing on Victor’s tv after the printed of the late-late motion picture. Are the lizards from outer house? From “other space”? jointly Victor and the bird guy, guided through the capable Claudia, trip to the lizards’ floating island, an odd and impressive position that operates with an encouraged good judgment of its own.
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What was once it? i used to be very excited. Stuff from the zoo was once flashing via my brain. i assumed concerning the lesser kudu. i may see her attractive brown eyes. i wished to cry, I enjoyed her a lot. at the speak express they have been wheeling out a watermelon lower in part and choked with shredded carrots, and there have been little American flags on it. Pod humans! The motion picture! It was once a real motion picture! there have been actual pod humans. I smelled the tiger. I heard the lizard band. Tears have been rolling off my chin. We have been invaded via the pod humans. It wasn’t all transparent but. I didn’t comprehend what this needed to do with the bird Man—or with me. yet I simply knew that by some means the whole lot was once attached. I couldn’t pay attention the sound of the television display anymore. My ears have been packed with lizard song. The credit at the speak express have been coming down, and the folks who have been at the convey have been pretending to shake arms. bankruptcy nine I puzzled why i used to be sobbing. I didn’t suppose unhappy, and the sobbing occurring by means of itself—in one other room, or someplace clear of me. i used to be attempting to pull myself jointly, yet i used to be jointly. I had a sense that this was once all top someplace, and that i used to be satisfied approximately it. yet this was once severe. Pod humans have been no comic story. I felt myself calming down. I questioned why I wasn’t nervous. not anything like this had ever occurred to me, and also you don’t become aware of that you’ve been invaded by means of the pod humans on a daily basis. i used to be feeling very sure approximately all kinds of items that I didn’t rather comprehend. something i used to be yes about—not everyone used to be pod humans. there have been pod people—and what? Lizards! The lizards weren't podish in any respect. The bird guy used to be unpod. Shane Fergussen used to be no pod. I wasn’t. ma and pa weren’t. Leslie certainly used to be. I couldn’t make up my brain approximately Walter. I was hoping he wasn’t. I spent many years puzzling over humans I knew—pod or no longer pod. so much of them have been. The past due motion picture used to be the single concerning the man within the marines who's a coward throughout boot camp, after which he has a conversation with the previous sergeant, who seems to be his father or whatever, and he’s a hero within the conflict. simply as well—I couldn’t have loved something reliable. i used to be ready up for the lizards and my mobile name to the chook guy. The lizards got here on correct after the past due motion picture. The song was once nice. I flipped the knob, and certain sufficient, they have been on each channel, simply as i assumed. It was once not easy to rip myself clear of the set and dial the quantity. while the receiver picked up at the different finish, i'll pay attention lizard song coming during the mobilephone. It sounded reliable. For a few cause i assumed of sizzling soup. “Fergussen’s Confectionery,” I heard. “Mr. Fergussen, this is often Victor,” I acknowledged. “Is the poultry guy there? ” “Never heard of him,” Shane Fergussen acknowledged. “Hold the road. ” I held. Then a voice, “Milo Schtunk, right here. To whom am I addressed? ” “This is Victor,” I stated. “Is this the fowl guy? ” “How may still i do know? ” the voice acknowledged. “You simply stated it was once Victor. ” “I suggest, am I chatting with the fowl guy? ” I shouted. “You are speaking to Pieter Breughel the Elder, recognized to a couple because the C.