BY THE AUTHOR OF
The Big Orange Splot, The Neddiad, and
Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl
Things Victor loves: pizza with anchovies, grape soda, B movies aired at midnight, the evening news. And with his parents off at a resort and his older sister shirking her babysitting duties, Victor has plenty of time to indulge himself and to try a few things he’s been curious about. Exploring the nearby city of Hogboro, he runs into a curious character known as the Chicken Man (a reference to his companion, an intelligent hen named Claudia who lives under his hat). The Chicken Man speaks brilliant nonsense, but he seems to be hip to the lizard musicians (real lizards, not men in lizard suits) who’ve begun appearing on Victor’s television after the broadcast of the late-late movie. Are the lizards from outer space? From “other space”? Together Victor and the Chicken Man, guided by the able Claudia, journey to the lizards’ floating island, a strange and fantastic place that operates with an inspired logic of its own.
I first read this book when I was much, much younger, and I had forgotten everything except the fact that this kid loved Walter Cronkite.
Picking it up years later, I can totally relate to the kid understanding things intuitively. This is going to stick with me for a while.
Fun, quick read.