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Adventures of a Dwergish Girl

(Neddie & Friends #4)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Molly O'Malley is a clever, adventurous girl. She is also a Dwerg. Dwergs are strange folks who live very quietly in the Catskill mountains, have lots of gold, and are kind of like dwarves (but also not!).

Molly isn't interested in cooking and weaving, as Dwergish girls are expected to be. So she sets off to see the world for herself. Which means a new job, a trip to New Yo
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 25th 2020 by Tachyon Publications (first published 2020)
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It has been brought to my attention that my two star review is not very nice and hurt the author's feelings. Therefore, I have hidden my review under a spoiler, so that Mr. Pinkwater will not accidentally read it. Proceed at your own risk.
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This is a Middle Grade, and this is the 4th book in the Neddie & Friends series. I have to see a really enjoyed this weird middle grade book. I did find the first few chapters very boring. I think their has to be a better way to tell the readers what Dwergs are then how it was done in the first few chapters. The main character we follow is a Dwerg named Molly. She leaves where the Dwergs lives to go out into the world. The rest of the book is about her being out in the world. I love the book aft ...more
Sherwood Smith
Sep 23, 2020 added it
Shelves: fantasy
It's always difficult to describe a Daniel Pinkwater book, because they aren't like anything else--nor are they like each other.

In this tale marketed for a middle-grade audience, our heroine Molly is a Dwergish girl who decides her village is too dull and she's ready to adventure into the big world. Along the way she'll encounter ghosts as well as gangsters, historical and in the present.

The pacing is rather slow and the vocabulary pretty steep for middle-grade, but content-wise it's closer to m
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Pinkwater doing what he does best: humorous, fantastical adventure, with plenty of descriptions of mouthwatering food! My kids were utterly delighted by this, and I realized that it has been so long since I read them Lizard Music and The Last Guru that they've forgotten the sheer bonkers awesomeness of a Pinkwater story!

We all loved Molly, the titular Dwergish Girl, who leaves her remote Catskills village behind to experience life among the "English," as Dwergs refer to us humans. She discover
Hal Johnson
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, new-york, pov1, pub-2020
Adventures of a Dwergish Girl is a strange book—and it would be a strange book anyway, in the sense that it’s about (view spoiler), but it’s also a strange book within Daniel Pinkwater’s oevre. I thought it might be worthwhile to review that oevre, and see where this volume fits in.

Pinkwater various books of the “classic period” (roughly 1976–1982) tend to have a similar plot: 1. The protagonist is a youth a
Pop Bop
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Top Notch Pinkwater Heroine

Pinkwater writes great characters, but many of his narrators and central characters are boys. Robert Nifkin, Arthur Bobowicz, Alan Mendelsohn, Neddie Wentworthstein, Walter and Winston - the list goes on. He sometimes gives us strong girl sidekicks, (the Cat-Whiskered girl, Rat from the Snarkout books), but they are rarely the featured attraction. Until now.

Molly, the Dwergish Girl with a taste for adventure and life outside of her boring Dwerg village, is an absolut
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A fun little story about a girl exploring the world and learning about a lot more than she ever expected. I might have also learned a thing or two!
Harrison Schweiloch
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been enjoying the books of Daniel Pinkwater for probably 35 years. I still remember my favorite book of his fondly: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars. It was a book about an unpopular outcast and I felt very seen. I loved the fact that he got to find a friend and have adventures and smoke cigars and travel to another plane of reality. I enjoyed all of his books that I read, including Young Adult Novel and The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death. Didn’t he have fantastic titles? And I’ ...more
Deborah Ross
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Pinkwater is at his best, most charming and delightful in this tale of a girl from the Dwerg people – you know, the “little men” responsible for Rip Van Winkle sleeping for twenty years? The ones you can never find, no matter how hard you look? The ones who mine gold in the Catskills, can run unbelievably fast, practice domesticity on a level capable of boring any young person to tears? Such is Molly Van Dwerg’s world until she decides to leave home, armed with a couple of Dwergish gold c ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, netgalley
A lovely children's book about magical creatures and a mystery surrounding the town. I hope it is the begginning of a series, since I would love to read more.

I love when small or big details mentioned get used in the books. And when reader does not guess that it will, it makes the story more beautiful.

I have never read Pinkwater before but sure to keep an eye on him. Loved his mystical but plain storytelling.

Detailed review is here:
Thanks to Netgalley and Tachyon Publications for providing an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is my first-time reading Daniel Pinkwater's book and will definitely not the last. I was mesmerized by the book's cover when I first saw it on Netgalley and when I read its description, BOOM! That's when it fully got me. It’s scheduled to come out on September 25, 2020.

The Story
Molly is a Dwerg (Dwerg is a Dutch word which means “dwarf”) who lives very quietly in the Catskill m
Esmeralda Vara
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, such a good story. This sci-fi and fantasy book from Daniel Pinkwater was the first book I have read from this author. I have been wanting to read his work in so long, and now that I did I'm so impressed. Thanks to Netgalley I received this ARC of this book.

This story follows a Dwergish girl that goes by the name Molly. She is confident, smart and very independent. She decides to move out of her hidden town that only Dwergish can find. She ends up working for a pizzeria and living behind i
Paula Lyle
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This is another odd book by Daniel Pinkwater. Molly, a Dwergish girl, doesn't fit into her home culture so she leaves to find a better fit. Molly is brave and adventurous and well able to take care of herself, though she is also able to make friends and reach out to people for help. An admirable character for kids to meet. Pinkwater has such a dry sense of humor (I think) that it is sometimes difficult to tell what you should take seriously. There is a move to Poughkeepsie at the end, hopefully ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this story about Molly, the Dwerg! This was the first book I've read by Daniel Pinkwater and I look forward to checking out more of his books. I enjoyed the pace and think some of my students would enjoy this story as well. As we know, kids tend to choose a book by the cover and I think this book has a great cover!

Thank you to NetGalley and Tachyon Publications for the opportunity to read and review this book!
Heidi Burkhart
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to see that Pinkwater had written another novel! I absolutely love all of his books, but especially his novels.

This one may have started a bit slow, but it also took awhile to set the scene. I loved everything about "Adventures of a Dwergish Girl" ! Funny, quirky, and quite delightful.

Unless you are a big fan of Pinkwater I would recommend this mainly for students grades 5-10.

Phil Jensen
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great Pinkwater fun. A lot of really creative ideas that flow along together. Great, fun read.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Molly Van Dwerg. She is a Dwerg. It's the Ducthc word for dwarf. They are actually taller than drawrf, but not by much. They live in the Catskills in a place no one can find. Some of the Dwerg girls go to the Engel's schools. Engel is what they call English people. When she goes to school her name is Molly O'Malley. Molly decided to move to the Engel's city and gets a job at a pizza restaurant. She lives in the woods behind the restaurant and spends her nights talking to the ...more
Shoshana G
Oct 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I did not like this at all. I usually LOVE Pinkwater. Young Adult Novel is one of my favorite books. I recommend The Big Orange Splot at the library all the time. This was dumb. It wasn't silly or creative or interesting.

I read an e-ARC through NetGalley.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Dwergs are a mellow crew that dwell in the nooks and crannies of the Catskills and have obscene amounts of gold. Molly is a Dwerg that decides to leave home and seek her fortunes out in the world. The scope of the book is narrow, remaining in one small upstate New York town, and for the most part centered around a pizza store, and the town is charming.
Maybe I read this book at the exact right time, but during an age when the world seems to be crashing and burning, escaping into this low-key
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Perfect for all the Goblins lovers. The characters are interesting and the writing is good. Even though a Children's fiction many adults will still enjoy it. I definitely did!

Molly is an interesting character. She is brave and intelligent and adventurous. She is a Dwerg, Dutch for a dwarf. She seeks a new life and goes to the nearest town.

The story revolves around how she adjusts to her new life and friend. How she saves the town. I like the humorous parts in the story. The characters are good.
Robin Berman
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Carol  V
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
STORYLINE: A wonderful blend of folklore, magic, and history – early American history, that is. Picture the dwarfs that lived with Snow White. The characters of this book are like the legendary dwarfs, and they live in a mostly invisible village. One day, a young girl, named Molly, a Dwerg (that is what these little people are called) decides there is more to life than living in this village. She tells her family this; they wish her well; and she takes off on adventures into the big outside worl ...more
Barbara Schultz
Adventures of a Dwergish Girl by Daniel Pinkwater ~ Reviewed on July 11, 2020

Molly is a Dwerg girl (Dwerg is a Dutch word.) The Dwergs live in upstate New York in The Catskills, in a hidden place you cannot find. They have gold mines, however, girls are not allowed to work. In fact, girls have limited things they are permitted to do.
Molly believe she is missing something and decides she needs to ‘get away’ and live among the English people and find out what the rest of the world is all about.
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Have you heard of Dwergs before? Well, meet
Molly a Dwerg who has lived all her life in the Catskill Mountains. She does not aspire to follow Dwerg's traditions and decides to leave her community to experience life in the city among the English people. As she settles in her new life she gets a job, makes friends - some stranger than others (no spoilers ^^) - and along the way adventure finds her.

I had never read anything by Pinkwater before and was quite excited to pick up this book. It was a c
Kristen Gwen Johnson
Molly van Dwerg is a girl whose ancestors put Rip Van Winkle to sleep (Dwerg being the Dutch word for dwarf). Her family lives in the Catskills and no one can find them, even if they searched for forever. Life is pretty predictable in her village, and no one seems to mind. No one, except Molly, who dreams of going somewhere else and doing anything besides tending goats and making cheese. So when she tells her parents she’s leaving, they bid her farewell with a few coins in her pocket and she goe ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy, cbac
Molly O'Malley is a Dwerg. Dwergs live hidden in the Catskill mountains in New York, but she wants more than her Dwergish life. She moves to Kingston, NY and works in a pizzaria. Life couldn't be better. Then she meets Leni, who takes her to New York City where the world opens up even more. But something mysterious is happening in Kingston. A group of redcoated dressed android soldiers are robbing various businesses and might want to reenact the 1777 burning of Kingston. Plus, there are gangster ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Pinkwater was an author of my childhood, and I loved his witty, playful books that embraced absurdities and creative problem-solving. It was a pleasure to return to his writing, and I loved Adventures of a Dwergish Girl. Molly is not human, but a Dwerg, belonging to the large but mostly unseen Dwergish community in the Catskills. Attracted to the human world and all of its facets, she decides to live for a bit in the nearest human town, where she discovers pizza, makes friends with humans ...more
Pamela Scott

I just knew I was going to love this book as soon as I read the blurb. It sounded like such fun. It was. I thought it was going to be aimed at a younger audience, maybe middle grade but I think it would suit a slightly higher age-group. I loved this book. I had a lot of fun reading it. The history of Molly and Dwergs was a lot of fun and very entertaining. Molly is a great character, well fleshed out and I liked how she develops across the book. I thought
May 18, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 36%

I got this as part of a Humble Bundle that I bought for other reasons. So I went into this with absolutely no expectations. Turns out, I am most definitely not the target audience for this. I found the writing completely uninteresting. It also screams middle school, which it turns out is who the book is aiming for. I stuck around long enough to see the first inklings of the plot, but it wasn't enough for me.

I would give this two stars, but I really don't feel I'm qualified to judge th
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Take a bit of the Catskills, embed some Dutch culture, add Molly the dwerg who wants to see what's outside her “golden” dwerg world, fold in ghosts who stroll the streets after dark and a few gangsters, and you have Pinkwater's newest. Quirky settings and and jaunty dialogue--the description of Port Authority and Molly's reaction to New York City was spot on! Perfect for the upper middle grade reader who appreciates a subtlety wacky storyline. ...more
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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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