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The Magic Pretzel: Ready-For- Chapters #1

(The Werwolf Club #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Even a child who is pure of heart
And does his homework neatly
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the moon is full completely" Norman Gnormal's parents actually wanted a dog and not a little boy. So they raised little Norman as if he were one. "I had a happy puppyhood," Norman claims. But when he arrives at Watson Elementary School, students tease him, "Fido! D
Hardcover, 78 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Atheneum Books (first published May 1st 2000)
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I have a list of people I would like to have lunch with, and Daniel Pinkwater is near the top. He is hilarious. For example:

"Everyone knows people turn into werewolves if they are bitten by a werewolf, but you can turn into a werewolf by:
1. thinking about werewolves
2. using a drinking fountain after a werewolf
3. reading a book like this one
4. for no reason at all

What should you do if a werewolf bites you?
Go home and wait."

The whole book is like this. The only clear moral message that I can find
The magic pretzel is about werewolf's. One specific werewolf who is unaware of what he can do. This is an advents story to help band together and solve the mystery to help a teacher. The group of werewolf's go all over town to help their teacher and strengthen their bonds. In the end the pretzel is the only thing to help with the curse set upon the teacher, can the students get the pretzel? ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so funny & cute
I go this book for Reece at the library since Daniel Pinkwater was one of my favorite authors as a child. Reece read it in a day so it's probably a little below his level. The premise is great though. A boy is raised as a dog by his parents since they wanted a dog. He joins the werewolf club at school. They discover that their teacher is a werewolf and the only way to cure him is to find King Arthur's magic pretzel and feed it to him. No wonder I grew up to be a weirdo when I was reading stuff l ...more
May 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-reader-boy
The first in the Werewolf Club series about 3 kids who are werewolves and 1 boy who was raised to be a dog, (because his parents always wanted a dog...weird I know), that form a club at school, headed by a very mysterious teacher that is so disguised you can't tell who or what he is...

Okay with some humor for open minded kids.
You know that group of geeky kids who always sat off by themselves in the school cafeteria? Well, what if they were werewolves, but were still geeks?
They'd probably go on a quest for a mystical artifact that looks remarkably like a pretzel.

Not Pinkwater's best series, but still odd, cute and entertaining.
Feb 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: werewolf-reads
I am writing a paper for YA lit. class on werewolves in the supernatural genre of YA fiction. I am going to compare it to adult and children's literature and thus, the kid's books. However, I adored these books. They were funny and cute and I would give them to my kids.

See also: The Werewolf Club #2, #3, and #5
It is funny Im gonna bring it to class after Feb. Vaca>
Jul 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of a dumb book.
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
Pinkwater magic again.
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
In usual Daniel Pinkwater fashion, this quirky, silly book made me laugh more than the kids. Though they loved it too.
Christine Grant
I thought that this was okay. My six-year-old son loved it. Many of the words were difficult for him though I read most of the book to him instead of him reading most of the book to me.
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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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