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Devil in the Drain

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A boy discovers the devil in a kitchen drain and fearlessly deals with him.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 26th 1984 by Dutton Books for Young Readers (first published 1984)
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Jan 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
...the hell did I just read?
I'm not completely sure what the point of this is other than that a kid goes back on his promise because he gets annoyed by a tiny bully. Is it a devil? Is it the Devil? Pinkwater uses "a" and "the" interchangeably (but never capitalizes "devil") so I'm not sure whether he was just talking about a gremlin-esque creature or had anything religious in the back of his mind or what. The illustrations don't help because they give the devil character reddish skin and horns (
Apr 08, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I first learned of this title while listening to episode 43 First Contact of This American Life where the author read it. Being banned in several schools piqued my curiosity. This is a difficult book to get a used copy of but I was able to get it as an ILL from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA (of all places). I found it interesting that it hadn't been checked out since Dec, 2000. The story itself isn't very engaging and I don't see much to make it "ban worthy" other than it's a child t ...more
Joe Avallone
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite childhood books
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Had me at the devil, lost me at the fish murder. Is this a kids book? Does it count towards my summer reading list? As you can tell lots of twists and turns!
Jun 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as a child. The pictures and the story stayed with me forever. I remember constantly checking out the "devil in the toilet" book (as I would call it) from my grade school library. :) While searching to buy the book on line I found information that it was banned in several school across the country. I was suprised and that made me hunt down a copy with much more enthusiasim. ...more
Mike MacLean
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Teaches bravery to children. Was made into a rock opera by Henry you know HE loves it!!!
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Brilliant and comical - I don't think my daughter (who I read this to) found it as funny as I did which is interesting and another conversation. ...more
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