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Ned Feldman, Space Pirate

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  8 reviews
One day when Ned's parents are out, he meets Captain Lumpy Lugo, a space pirate who comes from the galaxy Foon-ping-baba, and they spend the afternoon travelling through outer space. ...more
Hardcover, 47 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by MacMillan Publishing Company
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Phil Jensen
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
An early chapter book with all the usual Pinkwater trademarks- whimsy, dada-influenced dialogue ("as fast as a grape"), an outsider going on an adventure, clueless adults, professional wrestling, and lots of chickens.

I enjoyed it, especially the wild illustrations. As usual, Pinkwater prioritizes bold shapes and colors over things like proportion and perspective. Great fun.
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Brenna
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Ned Feldman is just a typical kid. Maybe he's the little guy who lives next door. Maybe he's the dorky nephew with a penchant for drawing space aliens. Heck, maybe he's you.

But as far as that goes, Ned Feldman remains one of the more memorable (if sadly obscure) characters in modern children's literature. He does nothing in particular to stand out, other than his colourful rendering of intergalactic battles alongside his abominably handwritten school essays. Yet somehow, he is incredibly endeari
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Emily
Apr 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Summary (CIP): One day when Ned's parents are out, he meets Captain Lumpy Lugo, a space pirate who comes from the galaxy Foon-ping-baba, and they spend the afternoon travelling through outer space

Review: I laughed out load, several times! This story reminded me creative writing in the fourth grade. The concept, voice, and details capture that level of sophistication and silliness. For instance, the summary mentions that Ned's parents are out and at the end of the book we learn that they were out
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Honya
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ned Feldman, Space Pirate is one of Daniel Pinkwater’s older adventures for younger kids. And I must say, it’s classic Pinkwater. The story is absolutely, ridiculously off-the-wall in the best possible way. The characters and situations are so absurd that you find yourself just accepting them in spite of yourself . . . it’s that kind of story. But definitely a fun read. Also, it’s nice in that it’s written for elementary-age children and would be appropriate for a younger reading level. Pinkwate ...more
Travis
Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
A bored young boy, left home while his parents go to see a wrestling match discovers that there is an alien space ship under his kitchen sink. He is then shanghi'd by a space pirate and whisked across the universe.

The space ship/ sink reminds me of Doctor Who's Tardis, we learn the Yeti may be be an alien, there are chickens in space and the space pirate is cheerful, goofy and blue.

Lots of great Pinkwater ideas, but this time he doesn't seem to know what to do with them. So, this books only gets
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Scott
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Pinkwater is by far my favorite writer but there are a few of his books that I missed growing up so I'm going back and reading through them.

This one is pretty good - turns out that Ned's kitchen sink is a space ship with a pirate living in it - Ned and the pirate go to outer space, visit a planet, ride giant chickens, slide on warm snow and got chased by a yeti so.......your basic Pinkwater plot (does Pinkwater even have a plot).
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Katherine
Samuel and I made a rocket ship in the children's tent at the downtown arts festival today. We named it the USS Pinkwater. I suppose we should have made it look like a kitchen sink. . .

With Jonathan's help, Samuel read ahead without me. I have to catch up because I missed several chapters involving space chickens!
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Mark Milotay
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As always Pinkwater amazes me with his brilliance and humour.
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