- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (February 19, 2000)
- ASIN: B00466W6FG
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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"Alan Mendelsohn: The Boy From Mars": Loner meets friend, loner and friend use mind control, loner and friend go to "lost continent". The best of the best, it combines humor with the not-so-supernatural but not grounded in reality. That's what's the best with all of Pinkwater's books. Most of them aren't fantasy, so technically, they can happen. You COULD have something called "Green Death Chili". "Alan Mendolsohn": 9/10
"Slaves of Spiegel": I read about one page of it and I couldn't read any more, it was just plain horrible. Sorry, but I could not bear to read any more. "Slaves": 1/10
"The Snarkout Boys and the Avocodo of Death": Yet again, loner meets friend. Loner and friend sneak out to movies. Loner and friend meet another friend. Then they go looking for someone's Uncle. Not the greatest, not the worst. It seems too muddled, but I still award "Snarkout" a 7/10
"The Last Guru": 12 year old Harold Blatz becomes a millionaire. That usual story. Another one of those "fiction/supernatural" books: 7/10
"Young Adult Novel": A weird group at school decides to exult one student as being superior. Funny yet weird, I enjoyed this one a lot. 8/10
Protagonists are most often intelligent junior high-ish boys who don't quite fit in at school and have rather odd relatives (though sympathetic females and adults also make appearances). And while these books may be just the magic to get your pre-adolescent son reading, don't make the mistake of thinking these books are limited to that demographic. The author is creative, inventive, outrageous, charming and sweet, and anyone who appreciates outrageous invention and smart-alecky humor will love the work of this very talented author.
I can't wait to read more books by Mr. Pinkwater, and am very happy to see his books are being reissued.
This is a collection of Pinkwater novels that have been out of print for years (the original copyrights on these range from 1978 to 1982), but not out of mind. Alan Mendelsohn, in particular, seems to be well-loved and is often mentioned as a favorite of the younger set. I'm glad to finally have this opportunity to read it, for it is indeed a fun book, full of exceedingly strange twists and turns. You aren't sure if Alan is from Mars, or if he's just playing, and then you are sure, and then you aren't. It's Philip K. Dick lite, but it's fun.
Slaves of Spiegel and The Last Guru are much more simple (I would even think that they are meant for less mature readers than for the other three in this book), but like the best children's literature, they have something for everyone. I chuckled through Slaves of Spiegel, finding the contest quite amusing, especially the description of some of the delicacies concocted in the name of food, and I thought the satire, while obvious, in The Last Guru quite effective.Read more ›
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Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars has been a piece of fond literature from my youth. I loved this story and highly recommend it.Published 5 months ago by Haven Riney
Great to have these treasures in one place. I'm enjoying reading them with the next generation of Pinkwater fans.Published 17 months ago by rickgassko
Great reading for 10 year old boys. I don't know about the bald middle aged guy on the cover...On the other hand, it does let you know this isn't the same old same old. Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by Frozen Ax
Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars, is hands down the best read-aloud my boys heard as they were growing up. Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Sheila
I love this author and have fun memories of reading his books when I was a kid, so I wanted to share them with my 9 year old son. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Fishergirl Seattle