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Marvin Redpost: Kidnaped at Birth?

by Louis Sachar

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Marvin's report on the missing prince of Shampoon invites a curious question: is Marvin actually the long lost Prince Robert? Announced as fact, Marvin spreads word of his royal heritage. His 'parents' take him for a blood test that leaves an ambiguous answer to the question. Marvin, however, decides he doesn't care to know, the King speaks with an accent anyways, so Marvin can't possible be his son. Sachar offers a quick and funny read that takes serious a kids dream of wealth and fame, and provides a fun glimpse into the wacky world of Marvin Redpost. Early readers will enjoy the simple text full of humor.
  ndhalsan | Mar 1, 2014 |
Publishers Weekly
This First Stepping Stone book (see preceding review) heralds the series debut of nine-year-old Marvin Redpost. He is convinced he is Prince Robert, the King of Shampoon's long-lost son currently being sought in a much-publicized campaign. First, Marvin is the only person in his family with red hair and blue eyes. Next, Marvin's teacher says that because he is left-handed he must have royal blood. And finally, Marvin does not remind his grandmother of anyone else in the family. All of this assures Marvin that he must have been kidnapped at birth and accidentally given to Mr. and Mrs. Redpost. Though the story line is frivolous, lively dialogue and Marvin's endless imagination command steady attention. Characterization, however scanty, is at least true to life, and the unresolved ending leaves readers something to think about. The rigid black-and-white illustrations, on the other hand, add little. Ages 6-9. ( )
  EBurggraf | Jan 22, 2012 |
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. ( )
  ElizaJane | Aug 16, 2011 |
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
  Miss.Barbara | Jun 1, 2011 |
Marvin Redpost believes he has been kidnapped at birth and is actually a royal prince. As the first book in the series, we are introduced to the quick-wit and imaginative mind of Marvin Redpost. The mystery unravels when Marvin actually calls the king and declares that he is his son!

Good for readers beginning to read chapter books. A nice introduction to the structure of a chapter book, yet short enough in length not to be too overwhelming.
  GirlsInc | Oct 27, 2010 |
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Illus. in black-and-white. Marvin Redpost has finally figured out why he doesn't look like anyone in his family. He's not really Marvin Redpost--he's Robert, the lost prince of Shampoon!

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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.

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