Marvin Redpost #1: Kidnapped at Birth?

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

User reviews

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
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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 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.

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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 learn2laugh
Cute and full of authentic third graders.
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
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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
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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
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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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