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Flying Birthday Cake? (Marvin Redpost 6, paper) Paperback – September 21, 1999

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 6 of 8 in the Marvin Redpost Series

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'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction' Independent on Sunday Praise for 'Holes': 'Magic and hard realism come crashing together. This is an extraordinary and unconventional novel' Observer 'An exceptionally good novel' Sunday Times Praise for 'Sideways Stories from Wayside School': 'Thirty clever, fast-moving stories that describe the bizarre events at Wayside School ... each story is refreshingly different' Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Marvin and Stuart get to sleep over at Nick Tuffle's house for Nick's birthday. They set out sleeping bags in the Tuffles' backyard. Stuart and Nick fall right to sleep, but Marvin tosses and turns. Then he hears a noise, and something glowing zooms over his head. Is it "really a flying birthday cake? Or something else? The next day, a very strange new kid shows up at school. . . .
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 21, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679890009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679890003
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What makes this a standout even among the Marvin Redpost series is the subtlety. As usual, Marvin is faced with a puzzling reality, in this case a new boy at school who never changes his clothes and who has serious glitches in his knowledge base. And, as usual, Marvin is faced with a moral dilemma, in this case: should he be friends with this misfit whom he discovers he actually likes? Marvin, never speculates that this boy could be from outer space, but the reader certainly does. In the end we are left wondering, is he, or isn't he?
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I am a literacy coach and this is the book I use to try to hook my reluctant boy readers. It's written at about s third grade level ( F & P MNO) but isn't too babyish for reluctant Fifth graders. Since it is a series, you will have plenty of text to offer.
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Marvin Redpost is a third grader whose friends don't like the new kid in school, Joe Normal, but he finds that Joe is friendly and fun. What should he do? The dialogue is funny, and even though the text is easy enough to be enjoyed by beginning readers the concepts of friendship and family are not too simplistic.
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.
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My third-grader asked me to join a school book club with her, which I have dutifully read for every month. Unfortunately, aside from the single Judy Blume title (FRECKLEJUICE), I haven't enjoyed a single one of them.

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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My little girl read #8 right before she summer break. She asked me to order her another one, and when she devoured that one in a day, I ended up buying the rest of them. She has read them all now and wishes there were more. They are great books for children who are just begining real chapter books :)
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A Kid's Review on August 14, 2006
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I liked the book and I don't want to tell you what happens, but The Flying Birthday Cake has nothing to do with a flying birthday cake! If you are expecting a birthday cake to fly, you might be a little disappointed like I was.
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