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Flying Birthday Cake? (Marvin Redpost 6, paper) Paperback – September 21, 1999
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We found this fun book at a garage sale, and based on the interesting characters and fun plot, we will get more of this series.
Louis Sachar is an award-winning children's writer (for HOLES), and the Marvin Redpost series (of which A FLYING BIRTHDAY CAKE is a part) has been very popular.
However, neither my third-grader nor I particularly cared for the book.
Mind you, it's a bit beneath her reading level at this point, but even if it did take her longer than 30 minutes to read this, I'd still probably have the same reaction: just because readers are children doesn't mean they need to be hammered over the head.
The book seems to lose its train of thought at several places. It begins at a sleepover party, then a new boy arrives at school. We have the moral story of "it's good to not go along with the crowd when they're bullying that is so outrageous even my daughter said "Uh, is the teacher even there?" and then some allusion back to the beginning of the story.
At times it's difficult to even tell who the main character is supposed to be, especially at the beginning, and the entire story seems awkwardly set up.
It leaves me to wonder whether the market is so small for chapter books because so many of them seem designed just to get children to read words rather than actually make them want to know more about a story.
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