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Marvin One Too Many

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
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"I Can Read" books are widely recognised as the premier line of beginner readers. Inaugurated in 1957 with Else Holmelund Minarik's "Little Bear," illustrated by Maurice Sendak, the series has grown to over 200 titles, which include mysteries, adventure stories, poetry, historical fiction and humour. Featuring award-winni
Paperback, 48 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by HarperTrophy (first published 2001)
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Brittney Pierce
Aug 26, 2012 Brittney Pierce rated it liked it
Marvin One Too Many is a decent book. I honestly wanted to cry because Marvin felt like an outcast and such a burden to his family and teacher. This book didn't make me smile until the last few pages when his father said he was the last one to read in his class as well; then his father started to help him read. This book reminded me of how my dad used to help me read as a young child. If you want a book that motivates you then this story is a great one to read!
Michael Fitzgerald
It bothers me that the name Gelett Burgess is not mentioned - not in the text, not in the illustrations, not in the acknowledgments, the dedication, nowhere at all - despite the fact that his classic "Purple Cow" poem is included in its entirety in this book. I understand that 1895 was a long time ago and that the poem is no longer under copyright, but that doesn't mean that the author is unknown or that this is some "traditional" work. It's just a courtesy to help readers who might want to know ...more
Brittany Young
Aug 28, 2011 Brittany Young rated it liked it
Overall, "Marvin One Too Many" was a much smaller book than other picture books. It's vertical layout seems to make it appear like a novel book, but much smaller. Initially, i noticed that the illustrations for the book looked like a color pencil drawing. There was great care in terms of shading, which made the pictures look beautiful. The text was larger and widely spaced out, perfect for beginning readers so they can see clearly the each individual word. On the cover, i noticed immediately tha ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Katy rated it did not like it
Marvin One Too Many is about a boy who feels like a burden to others. At first, he makes his sister late to school. Then, his teacher seems upset because he is an extra student. Marvin is laughed at during school and then goes home and feels that his parents are too busy for him. After being made fun of for several days at school, Marvin results to violence and punches a boy in his class. Marvin struggles throughout the whole book because he cannot read and he feels like an outcast. In the last ...more
Elizabeth Sousa
Sep 03, 2013 Elizabeth Sousa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Primary & elementary students, teachers
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Frank Serafini
Marvin One Too Many is an early reader book about a boy who is always in the way (at least in his mind). He starts school off on the wrong foot, and from that first day forward, everything that can make a student feel badly about themselves happens to Marvin. Marvin's problem stems from his inability to read. He is being raised on a farm, where he learns by doing chores and other dairy-farm tasks. Marvin feels like a failure because no one at school tries to help him close the gap.

I adore this
Syndi Flores
Sep 20, 2014 Syndi Flores rated it it was amazing
This story is about Marvin Gates. He is starting school but feels left out since the class is full and he is the extra student in that class. Also, he cannot read like the other students that know how to read. The other students make fun of him when he makes a mistake because he doesn't know. Soon, Marvin begins to hate school and reading. A snow storm occurs and that causes the school to be cancelled for the day. This is when changes start to happen for Marvin. The pictures in the book look lik ...more
Ashley Bell
Aug 26, 2012 Ashley Bell rated it really liked it
The I can read book, Marvin One Too Many, by Katherine Paterson, is a inspiring book about how a little boy learns to read. In the begging, Marvin Gates is anything but excited for school. He keeps messing things up, like making his sister late for school then being one too many for his teacher, which is a reoccurring theme in the story. Marvin try as he might can not learn how to read and all the other kids in his class make fun of him for it, but when his teacher, Ms. Brown, gave Marvin a lett ...more
Aug 31, 2013 Nada rated it liked it
Marvin One Too Many by Katherine Paterson is an early reader book designed to look like a chapter book about a boy's first day of school and the feeling of defeat and after realizing he is the only student in his class who doesn't know how to read. Marvin feels as though reading is "dumb" and refuses to ask his parents for help because he feels that they are "too busy". After being snowed-in one day, Marvin's sister, May, decides to help him read. The story ends with a powerful lesson and remind ...more
Mayra Martinez
Aug 28, 2012 Mayra Martinez rated it liked it
Marvin One Too Many By Katherine Paterson
When reading this book I felt sad for Marvin, he felt so alone because he was like an extra. Since he felt bad at school he was unable to learn. He hated that all the children made fun of him because he couldn’t read. He was waiting for the day he wouldn’t have to go like a snow day. That day finally came, but he cried because he thought it was his fault that his parents were having a hard time at the farm. He started to cry and told his parents that he w
Feb 24, 2009 Stacie added it
This is an I Can Read book I found when I went to the library with my daughter. I picked it up because I know Sharon is on a Katherine Patterson kick. Katherine Patterson's primer book is really amazing. Marvin One Too Many is about Marvin, who lives on a dairy farm and struggles with reading. Patterson shows the conflict first-grade Marvin feels as he realizes he is slow and seeminlgly can't learn to read. Marvin feels like he can't ask his parents to help him each night as the teacher reques ...more
Rosa Cline
Feb 17, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, winter
This is a level 3 reader. A perfect book for a child trying to 'fit in' for any reason. But in this book Marvin feels like he's one too many being left out and teased about not being able to read. He knows his parents are to busy on their dairy farm (he feels) to help him read every night like is teacher suggests. But after a snow storm comes he finally tells his parents why he's upset. His Dad tells him it will be okay because he was the last in his class to learn to read and he will read with ...more
Jordyn Mcleod
This story reminds me a lot of a little boy that I used to babysit for. Except he didn't struggle so much with reading, he struggled with math. While he was at school he would get very upset when the student around him would make the connection and the little light bulbs would go off in their heads but he would sit there in confusion not understanding how to complete the problems. Children need to understand that not everyone learns at the same pace and that it's okay if it takes them a bit long ...more
Katrina Yazzie
Apr 11, 2012 Katrina Yazzie rated it it was amazing
This book was good. It is about a boy named Marvin who doesn’t know how to read. He goes to school and kids make fun of him. He thought he was one too many. He felt that he didn’t belong because he couldn’t read. He learns how to read when the help of his father. The illustrations were colored in colored- pencils. There is not that much text and the text is big enough to easily read. Some of the words are used more than once throughout the story.
Jun 10, 2013 Rida rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book at all. I mean sure it's to help young kids read and all but seriously they could have picked a better title and the first chapter was also confusing! What does the author mean by one too many. At first I thought that there will be another Marvin in the class so it would be hard to call "Marvin" without the both students saying "Yes!"

But this was completely different. Still for younger students I suppose it is a good book!
Morgan Leech
Oct 12, 2011 Morgan Leech rated it liked it
I loved this book because it touches base on the anxiety that chilcren sometimes get while reading, especially when they're not as advanced as theyre expected. The book also offers a positive subject that if we take the resposibility as children's peers to read to our children, often they will become better readers themselves. I was once told that I wasn't at the same reading level as majority of my class, so this book hit a sensitive subject for me and brought by certain childhood memories.
Wonderful book on the anxiety children often feel about reading specially when they're "behind" the level expected, but book offers a positive outlet that if we take the resposibilit as parents and teachers to read to our children often they will become better readers themselves. I was once told never to ask my children to do something they don't see me doing so I had to fall in love with reading all over again so they could see me reading also.
Jul 01, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a good book to read aloud with young readers, especially reluctnant ones. Our girls couldn't understand why Marvin didn't like books, so it was good to help them see how some children don't get read to very much and/or struggle with their reading.
Apr 22, 2009 Corinne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: beginning readers, especially boys
Struggling readers can identify with Marvin in this easy reading book. Marvin is a farm boy at a new school who gets lost, isn't on the class list, and can't read. Colored pencil illustrations break up text.
Apr 02, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
My son really got a good kick out of this book. We read it twice in one setting and I am sure he would wants to read it again and again.
Sun Woong Oh
Sep 04, 2013 Sun Woong Oh rated it really liked it
My son was the only one who couldn't read on his kindergarten days. Luke and I'll have a chance to look back those good old days tonight.
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People are always asking me questions I don't have answers for. One is, "When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?" The fact is that I never wanted to be a writer, at least not when I was a child, or even a young woman. Today I want very much to be a writer. But when I was ten, I wanted to be either a movie star or a missionary. When I was twenty, I wanted t
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