[Actually written on October 2, 2014, but publish date is set to when I read the book earlier in the year.]
Now that I have read it again to the end, I realize that it is just as goofy and fun as his other works and wildly surreal. It turns into a fantastic adventure, almost pulp-like but with a wacky post-hippie '70s mentality. The story is about Victor, a 10-year old kid left alone by his parents with his teenage sister. He is very independent and treats her with a sympathetic disdain. She is so caught up in her teenage world that she doesn't even realize he is out of the house on his own adventures. His stumbling across the strange lizard variety show leads him to the city where he runs into various weirdos like The Chicken Man and Claudia. It's really hard to do justice to the style of Pinkwater's writing and milieu by describing the story so I will leave it at that. You should get it into the hands of any pre-adolescent kid who might identify as quirky. Pinkwater makes it awesome to not be normal.