Class President (Marvin Redpost Series #5)

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It's no ordinary Thursday for Marvin Redpost and his class...

It's "hole day," and even Mrs. North and Principal McCabe are wearing their very worst clothes. It seemed like a fun idea that morning, but now they're expecting company. The president — of the United States! — is on his way. And there's no time to change! Marvin must do math on the blackboard with television cameras pointed at him. And the day is just beginning!

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Overview

It's no ordinary Thursday for Marvin Redpost and his class...

It's "hole day," and even Mrs. North and Principal McCabe are wearing their very worst clothes. It seemed like a fun idea that morning, but now they're expecting company. The president — of the United States! — is on his way. And there's no time to change! Marvin must do math on the blackboard with television cameras pointed at him. And the day is just beginning!

Even though they have all come to school in holey clothes, Marvin and his third grade class manage to impress their surprise visitor--the President of the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Aside from being resoundingly funny, Sachar has a rare honesty about what children really encounter in the world." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
It is "hole day" at Marvin's school, and everyone is wearing clothing with rips and tears. Mrs. North's shirt has a hole that shows her belly button! Now they learn that Marvin's class will have a special visitor-the president of the United States will meet with the third grade class. Marvin struggles to think of an original question to ask the president, and succeeds in attracting the president's attention. This is a quick read with lots of laughs.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-It's an unusual day at Marvin's school: everyone, including his teacher and the principal, is wearing something with holes in it. All come to regret "hole day" when they find out they will be having a surprise visitor-the President of the United States. As the teacher frantically tries to cover up the tear in her shirt that reveals her belly button, television crews enter the classroom. When the president arrives, he talks to the children about good citizenship and then allows time for questions. Marvin is so caught up in the excitement of the day that he forgets to go right home after school and finds himself in big trouble with his parents. All is forgiven, however, when his folks see him with the president on TV that night. Sachar exhibits a keen sense of the way a typical third grader thinks and he sprinkles the text with believable dialogue. Through a perfect blend of humor and thoughtful prose, he drives home the point of what good citizenship is without being didactic. The lively text is broken up periodically with black-and-white drawings. Despite its rather abrupt ending, this beginning chapter book will appeal to fans of the series.-Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Third grader Marvin Redpost returns (Why Pick on Me?, 1993, etc.) in the fifth book in this Stepping Stone series. On the day when his teacher and class have decided to wear clothes with holes, the President of the United States makes a surprise visit to their classroom, along with reporters and TV crews. After he makes a statement about citizenship, he takes questions, and Marvin's question about how to become president causes him to be singled out on the TV news that evening. This lightweight, enjoyable story is endowed with a realistic sense of what children are like, how they talk and act; less realistic are aspects of school, including one teacher's belly-button revealing outfit. A final scene in which Marvin's parents won't listen to him is never satisfyingly resolved, but it's balanced by a very gratifying earlier scene when a teacher stands up for a student encountering a pushy reporter. The story hums along with its own cheerful energy, much like Marvin himself. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679889991
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) Series , #5
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 107,198
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.57 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Carla, their daughter, Sherre, and their two dogs, Lucky and Tippy. In his spare time Louis likes to play bridge. Carla likes to read. Sherre likes to play with her friends. Lucky likes to catch Frisbees. Tippy likes to chew up shoes, fan letters, and Sherre's favorite toys. They all try to be good citizens, except, perhaps, Tippy.

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Chapter 1

There was a red post out in front of Marvin Redpost's house. The rest of the fence was white. Marvin tapped the post for luck as he walked through the gate on his way to school.

He wore a pair of blue jeans with a hole over each knee. It was "hole day" at school.

Every day had been special this week. Monday, he had to wear socks that didn't match. Tuesday, everyone wore T-shirts that came from a vacation. Wednesday, yesterday, had been hat day. And today, everyone had to wear clothes with holes.

His two best friends, Nick and Stuart, were waiting for him at the corner.

"Do you think Mrs. North will wear clothes with holes?" asked Stuart.

"Sure, why not?" asked Marvin.

"No way!" said Nick. "I'll bet you a million dollars!"

Nick had also said there was "no way!" Mrs. North would wear mis-matched socks. He had also said there was "no way!" she would let the kids wear hats in class.

So far, he owed Marvin two million dollars.

Nick was wearing a T-shirt that had a large hole under his right armpit. It had been torn in a fight.

"She probably doesn't even own any clothes with holes," Nick said. "How could a teacher get holes in her clothes?"

"Moths," said Marvin. "She might have a wool sweater. Moths eat wool."

"Actually, moths don't really eat wool," Stuart pointed out. "Everybody thinks that, but really, it's the caterpillars that eat the wool."

Stuart was wearing a T-shirt that also had a large hole under the right armpit. It had been torn in a fight.

It was the same fight.

Nick and Stuart had fought each other. But now they were friends.

"You want to come over after school today?" Nick asked.

"Okay," said Stuart.

"I can't," said Marvin. "My mom is taking me to the shoe store. I'm going to my cousin's bar mitzvah on Saturday."

When they got to school, everybody they saw had holes in their clothes. Travis wore a shirt that was more hole than it was shirt. Clarence had a hole in his sneaker and his sock, so his big toe stuck all the way through.

"You should clip your toenail," said Marvin.

"You should clip your mouth!" said Clarence.

That didn't really make sense, but Marvin got the point. Clarence was the toughest kid in his class.

The bell rang, and everybody lined up and went to class.

Mrs. North was waiting in the classroom. She had a large hole in her shirt, over her stomach.
Marvin stopped and stared. He could see Mrs. North's belly button.

Nick now owed him three million dollars.

Chapter 2

Casey Happleton sat at the desk next to Marvin. She was absent today.

Marvin was disappointed to see her desk empty. She was a funny girl, and he knew she would have liked "hole day."

"I must say," said Mrs. North, "you are all so well dressed today. I've never seen a better-looking group of third graders."

Everybody laughed.

"How'd you get a hole in your shirt?" Kenny asked.

"I was working in my garden," said Mrs. North. "My shirt got snagged on a thorn from a rosebush."
Marvin nodded. He should have guessed.

"We should dress this way all the time," said Judy Jasper. "That way, nobody would feel bad if their parents were too poor to buy them new clothes."

"That's a good idea," said Mrs. North.

Marvin thought so, too.

"And the holes keep you cool on a hot day," Stuart pointed out.

"You're right," said Mrs. North.

Marvin agreed. Holes made perfect sense. He wondered why nobody had thought of it before.

A child's voice came over the P.A. system. "Please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance."

Every day, a different kid got to lead the school in the pledge.

"That's Casey!" said Judy Jasper.

Marvin recognized Casey's voice as she recited the pledge. She sounded very serious.

He put his hand over his heart and said it along with her.

When Casey came back to class, she told Mrs. North that Mr. McCabe wanted to see her. Mr. McCabe was the principal.

"Did he say why?" Mrs. North asked.

Casey shook her head.

Casey wore a shirt that was way too big for her. Marvin guessed it was her father's. Not only did it have holes in it, but it also had paint spilled on it.

Mrs. North told the class she would be gone for only a minute. She said she expected everyone to behave and to use their time wisely.

After she left, Nick said, "I bet you Mrs. North got in trouble for wearing torn clothes!"

"No, Mr. McCabe is also wearing torn clothes," said Casey. "I saw his elbow."

"What did it look like?" asked Judy.

"Pink and bumpy," said Casey.

Casey had a ponytail that stuck out of the side of her head instead of the back. She sat down next to Marvin. The ponytail was on Marvin's side. Sometimes, when Casey laughed really hard, her ponytail went around in circles.

Mrs. North was gone for a lot longer than a minute. When she returned, she had a very strange expression on her face. She looked lost. She opened her mouth, but didn't say anything.

"Are you all right?" asked Kenny.

Mrs. North looked at Kenny, but still didn't say anything. Finally, she spoke. She said, "We are..." then stopped.

She started again. "There will..."

That was as far as she got.

She tried again. "I expect..."

Her mouth shut tight. She tapped her desk with her fist.

At last she managed to say a complete sentence. "We are going to have a visitor today."

Marvin couldn't wait to hear who it was. From the way Mrs. North was acting, he thought it must be somebody weird.

"Who is it?" asked Warren.

"Is it somebody I've heard of?" asked Nick.

"Oh, I hope so, Nick," said Mrs. North. Then she took a deep breath and said, "The president will be coming here."

Everybody gasped.

Marvin was a little confused. He wasn't sure which president Mr. North meant. Did she mean the president of the United States? Or did she mean the president of something else, like the president of a shoe company?

Marvin's school was in Maryland. It was less than twenty miles from Washington, D.C. His father worked in Washington, D.C. So it was possible that Mrs. North meant the president of the United States. But why would the president of the United States come to his school?

He raised his hand.

Pasty Gatsby raised her hand, too.

"Yes, Patsy," said Mrs. North.

"The president of what?" Patsy asked.

Mrs. North stared at her as if she thought Patsy was an alien from another planet. "The president of the United States," she said.

"Duh!" said Travis.

Patsy blushed.

"Sometimes I wonder about you, Patsy," said Mrs. North.

"What'd you think? The president of Mexico?" asked Clarence.

Marvin turned red, too, but nobody noticed. He lowered his hand.

"Yes, Marvin, did you have a question?" asked Mrs. North.

He shook his head. "No, I was just stretching."

Mrs. North explained that even Mr. McCabe hadn't known the president was coming until ten minutes ago. It had been kept secret for security reasons.

"Now, I know I don't have to tell you how to behave when the president gets here," she said.
Then she told everybody how to behave.

"Be respectful. Be attentive. If you get a chance to speak to him, remember to speak loud and clear. You should call him 'Mr. President.' 'Yes, Mr. President.' 'Thank you, Mr. President.' Remember to — "

Mrs. North suddenly stopped talking. "Oh, my gosh!" she exclaimed. "I have to change my clothes!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    A Really Good Summer Read

    Marvin Redpost, Class President by Louis Sachar was first published in 1999. This story occurs during school in the present. The story is told by a 3rd person. There are 4 main characters. They are Mrs. North, Marvin¿s 3rd grade teacher, Marvin Redpost a 3rd grader, Nick a 3rd grader, and Stewart a 3rd grader. Nick is Stewart¿s and Marvin¿s friend. He thinks he is tough and picks fights. Marvin is a 9 year old 3rd grader with freckles. He has red hair, blue eyes, and a positive attitude. There was one conflict, Man vs. Man, Marvin and his mom were fighting over being grounded. When Marvin arrives at school the class was having a whole day and there was someone special coming! That special someone was the President of the USA!!! Marvin arrives at school Marvin went to his friend`s house then forgot that he had to go to the shoe store then got grounded then the family was shocked to see what was on Television! This book made me have lots of feeling like exited when the President complemented Marvin. Exited if the President of the USA came to my school. I was more aware of geography because if you live a mile from Washington DC then President of the USA might come to your school. The characters in the story seemed real because I know how it feels to see a famous person like Marvin. I especially like Mrs. North because she reminds me of my 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Eckerson. He was nice to people, calm when we make mistakes, and do special things for us. Me and Marvin are almost the same we have to go to school and we both have a 3rd grade teacher, we are both from the northeast coast of the United States, we both like to watch the news and we both live a capital of something. I recommend this book because it is a good short adventure, it is my favorite genre, realistic fiction, and it is written by my favorite author, Louis Sachar. It is a good short book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

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    I love the whole series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Good book

    This is a good book you should read this book twice and over and ove again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Omg !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just cannot get this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Best book ever

    This book is aweaomw i love i even did my project on it its amazing i love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    I didnt like the book

    It had a bad plot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Amazing

    Quite an amazing book

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    Posted October 29, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2000

    Best Book

    I think that this was the best book that I have ever read and I think that it will be the best book that I have ever read. I thought that the summer part with the paint was really funny. I think that Louis really was happy about winning Class president. I think that Cricket was so hard on her friends that no one wanted to vote for her so they just said whatever we don't want to vote for you because you always bragg on the candy bars and stuff like that. I think that is were sharing things shouldn't be allowed like that because then more kids will vote for her so I think that was kind of rude. I think that this book would be great for anyone that wants to read this boolk! I really enjoyed it and I thought that the characters were really funny.

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