Alan Mendelsohn, The Boy From Mars
The novels The Snarkout Boys... and Alan Mendelsohn, the Boys From Mars are written much earlier in Pinkwater's career and mostly reflecting his early adolescence: the 21st-century novels are more up-to-date and inclusive, and the target ages of his readers were typically those at which the sexes have very little to do with each other. (less)
My freshman year in HS (1986/1987) I read several books by DMP... this was my favorite.
I remember, in college, volunteering at the local library to read this book to the 8-10 year olds. I started with 5 kids. In the two weeks set aside for me to finish this book my class grew to over 20 kids (and most of their parents) each night and the local bookstore told me they had to order 50+ copies for special orders and now they keep at least 2 copies in stock at all times.
Great b ...more
Read it again in 2018. Still amazing! ...more
The best part? They hold up! Daniel Pinkwater does not suck when you take the nostalgia goggles off. In fact, hey may be bette ...more
When not in Jr. High our heroes are in therapy, smoking cigars, discovering mind control and hyper-stellar archaeology, exploring places like waka-waka, investigating Atlantis, Lemuria and of course eating the green death chili from the Bermu ...more
It completely turns the nerd tropes on their head! It suggests that in a world of conformity, the misfits are king. It exposes the reader to very powerful new age ideas in the guise of a wickedly funny kid's book.
When it comes to quirky humor, Pinkwater is the grandmaster! ...more
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun read.
BUT. BUT BUT BUT. There are no strong girl characters. Like, whaaa? Seriously Pinkwater, come on. I'm also reading The Spies of Spiegel (by Daniel Pinkwater) and there are, like, a total of ZERO girls in that. COME ON. ...more
Dr. Prince scooped up big spoonful of the [Green Death chili]. At first, after he had popped it into his mouth, he had a sort of musing expression; then he looked pleased; then he ...more
At the beginning of the story, protagonist Leonard Neeble attends a new school, Bat Masterson Junior High, where he is bullied by his classmates and neglected by the staff. At length, he is befriended by the title character, Alan Mendelsohn, and is thereafter happier and more capable. When Alan starts a school-wide quarrel over his claim to Martian ancestry, both are suspended from school for one week; during which, they meet Samuel Klugarsh, the owner of an occult bookstore, who sells them a
It's like, Leonard and Alan are part of something that has been prophesied, but it is not a challenge for them to achieve the important, historical feats they do. It would seem that across dimensions and planets, these two young boys are as smart as anyone comes, though to the type of reader this book is aimed toward, they're very relatable. The fact that Waka-Waka is an enormously boring pl ...more
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