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Is He A Girl? (Marvin Redpost #3)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  483 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Will kissing his elbow really turn Marvin into a girl? Casey Happleton claims it's so, and Marvin starts to believe her after his lips "accidentally" brush his elbow.

Book Details: Format: Paperback Publication Date: 8/24/1993 Pages: 80 Reading Level: Age 6 and Up
Paperback, (Marvin Redpost 3, paper), 80 pages
Published August 24th 1993 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1993)
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Yu Ting Zhu
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With the right discussion, this book could be a good way to bring trans issues up with kids. Unfortunately, without that it's easy for a reader of the book to slip into a terrible vortex of reinforced gender stereotypes.

It's hard for me to tell if the author intended for this story to chip away at cis-centered ideas or if they just wanted to play off of the standard "ewww boys/girls" mentality. Given a few very positive scenes, I'm willing to extend the benefit of the doubt.
Dear self,

How did we grow up not crazy?


Adult Self.

Ps: don't kiss your elbow.
This book is awesome or dreadful depending on how one would frame a discussion about it. This is intended for a third grade audience. The third grade protagonist Marvin, through funny physical stunts and dialogue, thinks he is a girl. Given this new identity, he interacts and thinks differently throughout a day. Marvin is interesting in the fluid identity. For example, he is open to relate more with his little sister in a midnight giggle fest. Better yet, he grows some perspective and reaches ou...more
A girl at school tells Marvin if he kisses his elbow, he will turn into a girl. Well, Marvin accidentally kisses it....and is he changing? My son loved this book.

I am also reading it in Japanese and finding the illustrations in the Japanese edition pretty hilarious. (Marvin peering down into his pants to check and see if he is still a boy.)
Ivy Krill
I remember this book. As I've said before, I'm not sure if grammar-school-age children read books like this anymore. Kids are practically starting to have sex in as early as 6th grade -- I'm appalled!!
Surprisingly cute, and a few interesting reflections on gender dynamics. Not bad, for the age it's meant for.
Sep 09, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
This is the third book in the Marvin Redpost series. It is an entertaining story about a young boy who is convinced that he is turning into a girl.

The story is a bit silly, but it shows how much schoolyard rumors and stories can affect children. The protagonist of the tale, Marvin Redpost, has a vivid imagination and obsesses over the idea that kissing his elbow could turn him into a girl.

We enjoyed reading this story together and will see if we can borrow more of the books in this series from...more
Yasuko Takatsuki
2011.7.1 6119words
Too hilarious.
I like he is a girl because it's about a boy that looks in a mirror and he is the only one that sees him self as a girl and i hope that you will come to the lrc today and check out this book that i love to read every night and day either at home or school or even where ever i am i will read this book if it is with me. by Madison.
Val Nwosu
I remember reading this book when I was a kid! This book was extremely funny to me. I still remember reading this whole book in a day and I was so proud! I swear to God, I tried to kiss my elbow after this! I think that this book REALLY explored the idea of a self-fulfilling prophecy. It is a great childres book for beginning readers.
If you kiss your elbow, you will turn into a girl! It is a silly science fiction written in easy English, posing questions about both the physical and the psychological differences between boys and girls. I guess girls will be more interested in the Marvin Redpost series.
Susan Kienlen
I wonder how 1st, 2nd or 3rd graders would like this book. I think it is different when an adult reads it. It was ok. It brings up issues kids have at school and I would want the students to talk about that.
This probably wasn't the best book i've read but it was interesting, because i've always wondered what it would be like if a boy was a girl, but I never thought it would be quite like this
Marvin is told by a girl, if he kisses his elbow he will turn into a girl.
He can't get it out of his mind and feels like he is turning into one.
Hilarious. Good for 2-3 grades.
Catherine Woodman
Louis Sachar is a great writer for mid-grammar school age kids--The Marvin Redpost series is a great example of his talent at accessible writing and reading for this age group
marvins friend casey told him that if he kisses his elbow he will be turned int o a girl. and by mistake he kissed.all of a sudden marvin started feelign very strange.
Daisy Ho
This book is about the protagonist believes that when he kisses his elbow, he would turn to a girl. So that he keeps trying to kiss his elbow.
Reed S
I recently finished reading Is He A Girl by:Louis Sachar. I think the theme of this book is just because you think you know people you may not.
Aug 28, 2007 Henry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who think they're gonna turn into a girl by kissing their elbow
It's really cool and I liked it a lot because I'm always trying to kiss my elbow only I stopped doing that because I got a scab on my elbow.
Wendy Hall
marvin sits next to a girl named cassidy and she says if you kiss your elbow you will turn into a girl. will marvin try it or not?
as an adult, the book was just okay. but I think kids would really enjoy it, and possibly help them have empathy for others.
Micki James
Yes it's a kid's book, I like to read them between adult books as palate cleansers. This one's kinda fun.
Jun 28, 2007 Rachel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young children
Shelves: childhood
I found this book very interesting when I was in 3rd grade. I would recommend it to young children.
I like that Marvin Redpost thought he was a girl! How funny!
not nearly as enjoyable as some of the other stories in this series.
This book was bizarrely fascinating in a gender studies sort of way.
Julisa Guzman
i like this book beacuse some people from the school
Mrs. McWhirter's Class
i liked the book it was thrilling!
read this book.
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