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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  4 reviews
To escape the problems of being poor and Chinese, Donald begins to cut school to climb the George Washington Bridge where he meets Wingman, a sort of Chinese Superman.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Batnam Skylark (first published 1975)
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John M.
A young Chinese-American boy wants a Chinese superhero, so he creates one.
He is still poor and lonely. His life is still bitterly hard. But his fantasies of Wingman help him to follow the old Chinese tradition: when times are bitter and there is no food, eat bitterness and survive.
Not up to Pinkwater's usual level of genius, but ahead of its time in telling the story of a Chinese American kid who learns to bring together his cultural heritage and his life in New York.
I was kind of amazed this came out in 1975, there aren't even that many books published today where the main character is Asian & poor and just having a crappy time at school. It is not like other Daniel Pinkwater books I've read--it's not humorous or absurd, but really straightforward and kind of sad. It really evokes the feeling of being lonely. I liked the ending too. Totally surprised by this one.
Pinkwater is my favorite but this wasn't up to his usual was lacking something that I'm having a hard time articulating....the plot was very different than what he usually does.
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Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that ...more
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