Marvin Redpost: Alone in his Teacher’s House. M.

INFO: Sachar, Louis. Marvin Redpost: Alone in His Teacher’s House. M. 1994.

DESC: This installment of Sachar’s immensely likeable Marvin Redpost series starts off with a bang – one that every 2nd or 3rd grader would ogle over: our hero, Marvin Redpost, gets the chance to dog-sit for his teacher, Ms. North, while she goes out-of-town. Translation: Marvin Redpost, in his very own hand, holds the key. To his teacher’s house. The rest of the developments in this shockingly mature book come truly as surprises, and I won’t spoil them here. But, suffice it to say that this book winds up being a bit more serious, touching, and realistic than one would ever expect from a level-M early children’s book. It’s probably worth it to read, but be prepared to counsel your sad kids when it’s all said and done!

TAGS: responsibility, teachers, dogsitting, dogs, old animals, life, the circle of life, mortality, shocking surprises, guilt, fear, shame, catharsis, fiction, chapter, louis sachar, marvin redpost

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Marvin Redpost: Why Pick On Me? M.

INFO: Sachar, Louis. Marvin Redpost: Why Pick On Me? M. 1993.

DESC: The Marvin Redpost series has been wildly popular with students transitioning from leveled readers to chapter books – and this volume, especially has been a hit. When Marvin is accused of picking his nose, he does everything to try to get his classmates to forget it – including, incidentally, reminding them about the rumors constantly. Great for those resistant students whose hearts can be won with the mention of the word “boogers” (or anything else “gross,” for that matter!), Why Pick On Me is a humorous look at the sometimes quite serious world of elementary school bullying, and is a lighthearted lesson in the stuff that matters most: sticking to your guns, and nevermind the haters.

TAGS: gross, bullying, rumors, marvin redpost, louis sachar, boogers, nosepicking, M, chapter, fiction

Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl? M.

INFO: Sachar, Louis. Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl? M. 1993.

DESC: Another in the popular Marvin Redpost series! In this one, “weird” Casey Happleton tries to convince Martin that he might turn into a girl if he can kiss his elbow. When a bizarre freak accident occurs, Marvin starts to be worried that Casey … was right! This is a wildly popular book, and a great “bigger chapter book”/complex character transition series for developing readers. Great for 2nd graders who have just headed into chapters!

TAGS: marvin redpost, marvin, girls, boys, gender, anxiety, 3rd grade, funny, humor, metamorphosis, transformation, fiction, chapter, M