Kidnapped At Birth? (Marvin Redpost 1, paper)

by Louis Sachar

Other authorsAdam Record (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1992



Local notes

PB Sac


Random House Books for Young Readers (1992), Edition: Reissue, 68 pages


Red-haired Marvin is convinced that the reason he looks different from the rest of his family is that he is really the lost prince of Shampoon.


Original language


Physical description

68 p.; 5.25 inches


078570342X / 9780785703426



User reviews

LibraryThing member ashley3919
This is a good intro book to chapter books because it is part of a series and it is about a young boy that students can relate to.
LibraryThing member menaramore
Marvin Redpost is a silly third grade boy that is always involved in mischief. In this story, he thinks he was switched at birth and is really a long lost prince.
LibraryThing member EmilyAnnSp
Marvin is a nine year old boy who reads a current event about a kidnapped prince. He convinces his parents to let him get a blood test because he has all of the same characteristics that the kidnapped prince had. He has the correct blood type but does not got through with the remainder of the process.
LibraryThing member Miss.Barbara
Nine-year-old Marvin Redpost has finally figured out why he has red hair and blue eyes, while everyone else in his family has brown hair and brown eyes. He is not really Marvin Redpost. He is Robert, the lost prince of Shampoon. Now all he has to do is break the news to his "former" parents.

Marvin Redpost may be deluded, he may be dreaming, he may be filled with anxiety, but he's never boring! The typical third-grader has ALL the fears and trepidations that any kid might have, and then some. Always hilarious, readers will eat him up.

"Sachar writes for beginning readers with a comic simplicity that is never banal. Kids will love the frankness." — Booklist
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LibraryThing member ElizaJane
Reason for Reading: Son read aloud to me as his reader. This was his very first proper chapter book with one b/w drawing per chapter.

At a reading level of 1.9, this was a very good choice for my son's first chapter book. He did very well with the reading and was not intimidated with the full pages of text or infrequent b/w drawings. I have never read a Marvin Redpost book before and thought it was a fun story of a boy who reads in the paper that a King is coming to town searching for his lost son who was kidnapped at birth. Marvin just happens to match all the physical descriptions and since he's the only redhead in his family he thinks he may just be the missing Prince of Shampoon, so he goes through the procedures to find out if he is indeed really a Prince. A funny story. Ds did very well reading it, though he still needs sufficient help that he could not read a book like this on his own. Ds says he did not like the book at all, but he may be just in one of his moods as he didn't complain while reading it and certainly seemed to be enjoying the story as he read. But anyway, he's said he does not want to read anymore Marvin Redpost books. I would, if I had someone else to read them too. LOL. Maybe one day I'll set out to read all Louis Sachar's books, I've hardly read anything by him.… (more)
LibraryThing member david.endres
In my opinion this is a great book. One reason I liked it was because of the illustrations. Since this book is meant for children who are just starting to read chapter books, the illustrations really help enhance the book and help the reader follow along better. For example when Marvin is watching the King of Shampoo on TV, there is an illustration showing that and also showing Marvin’s facial expression. Another reason I liked the book was because of the development of the main character Marvin. The book explained a lot about him like where he lives, what grade he’s in and his friends. The big idea of this book is that even if you don’t look like the rest of your family it doesn’t mean you don’t belong or aren’t in the family… (more)
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Reread a decade after the first time. Still think it's 3 stars. I like how Sachar's kids, *and* their parents and other people, are real. They're drawn to appeal to diverse readers, but are still not simple iconographic cardboard. Still, this just doesn't stand out to me. Even as a kid I would be all 'oh the poor king, still can't find his own son.'

Unlike the first time, though, I won't stop here. I checked out a whole stack of Marvin Redpost from my library, because I love Sachar's work and he just doesn't write fast enough for me.
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LibraryThing member learn2laugh
Cute and full of authentic third graders.






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