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Two days after Marvin sees a glowing green thing like a flying birthday cake in the ...
Two days after Marvin sees a glowing green thing like a flying birthday cake in the night sky, his third-grade class is joined by a mysterious new boy with peculiar behavior.
Posted May 29, 2010
My wife bought this book by Louis Sachar, who won a Newbery Medal and the National Book Award for his novel Holes, from the Children's Book of the Month Club. There are actually five previous Marvin Redpost books and A Flying Birthday Cake? is number six in the series, but it is the only one that I have read. The book opens with nine-year old Marvin sleeping out in the yard at a friend's house for a birthday party. However, he can't sleep because he's eaten too much cake and had too much punch and the ground is hard.
Suddenly the earth starts to shake. He hears a humming noise, and something zooms across the sky in a bright flash. It's green, like the frosting on Nick's birthday cake, and it glows like it has candles. Is it a flying birthday cake, or something else? The rest of the book is about a new kid in Marvin's school named "Joe Normal" whom Marvin befriends but is somewhat "different" from all the other kids. The implication is left that "Joe" is really the son of aliens from outer space who have come to earth to confer with the President of the United States. The book is supposed to exhibit "a rare honesty about what children really encounter in the world," but, while I did not really see anything particularly objectionable in it, I found it rather stupid.
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Posted July 6, 2014
I love louis's books i love the marvin redpost series a lot i recommend this book if you like louis sacher read ( there's a boy in the girls bathroom i love that book a lotWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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