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Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars

Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars By Daniel Pinkwater Alan Mendelsohn the Boy from Mars Leonard s life at his new junior high is just barely tolerable until he becomes friends with the unusual Alan and with him shares an extraordinary adventure

  • Title: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars
  • Author: Daniel Pinkwater
  • ISBN: 9780553240702
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars By Daniel Pinkwater Leonard s life at his new junior high is just barely tolerable until he becomes friends with the unusual Alan and with him shares an extraordinary adventure.
    Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars By Daniel Pinkwater

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    1. Karen on said:

      This is one of those books that you read as a kid and the scenes get stuck in your head for the rest of your life and you don t remember where they re from did I dream about Hergeschleimer s Oriental Gardens Did I actually study the art of mind control and then you reread it 15 or 20 years later and realize that all of your cool childhood memories were just planted in your brain by this giant bald guy Thanks, Pinkwater.

    2. j on said:

      From this book I learned that if you smoke a cigar, you should chew bubblegum at the same time so you don t get sick I have never tried this, because cigars are utterly disgusting, but the two times I ve had one I had no access to gum and both times ended up feeling nauseated afterward so probably Pinkwater was right, just like he was right about the lizards and the fat men from space and the avocados.

    3. Laurah on said:

      Is Alan from Mars Can you make Omega Waves Why is Leonard Neeble allowed to smoke cigars Who are those time traveling bikers, and why are they addicted to chili Pinkwater is the imagination you fantasize you have All of his novels should be read repeatedly.

    4. Susan on said:

      latest re read 3 4 2012My freshman year in HS 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 book.

    5. Ann Hudspeth on said:

      This book saved my life as a child Pinkwater s protagonists are geeky social outcasts who discover wild creative worlds that allow them to prevail This story is so memorable Easily my favorite childhood book.

    6. Nick on said:

      This was the first Pinkwater book I ever read, at one of my sons urging I loved when I first read it, and rereading it I was impressed by the way Pinkwater throws together cliched genre elements like mysterious bookstore owners and ancient secrets with genuine childhood sorrows, in this case moving to a new school This is a classic.

    7. Greg Kerestan on said:

      Picture this as A Wrinkle in Time, but bizarre instead of the high minded prog rock fusion of science, culture, religion and philosophy, this one trucks in B movie silliness, Borscht Belt humor, Dada surrealism and Tri State Area pride Pinkwater writes like a demented Catcher in the Rye, and his young adult novels were like crack to me in elementary and middle school.The best part They hold up Daniel Pinkwater does not suck when you take the nostalgia goggles off In fact, hey may be better in so [...]

    8. Nathan Paul on said:

      This was a very odd book about a somewhat geeky twelve year old Leonard Neeble and his experiences with his eccentric best friend Alan Mendelsohn, who, among other things, claims to hail from Mars After moving to a new town, Leonard is bored to tears until he meets Alan Mendelsohn, the only person who seems interesting at his junior high school They quickly become friends and together explore mind control methods, buying books and instruments from a somewhat suspect storekeeper named Samuel Klug [...]

    9. Gregg on said:

      Definitely a children s story Has some similarities to Alice in Wonderland, in that there isn t much logic to it Wouldn t recommend this book to any teenager or older.

    10. Sarah TheAromaofBooks on said:

      Not my favorite Pinkwater ever, but still an entertaining and funny read.

    11. Matt on said:

      Rated 5 for how much I enjoyed this book when I was in grade 5 Holds up well on re read now, definitely sharing with the kids.

    12. Melissa on said:

      What is really great about this book, besides that it s funny and weird, is just HOW it s funny and weird.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 plac [...]

    13. James Erich on said:

      I read this in college and it blew me away, but it s been a long time, so I had to re read it to see if my memory of it was accurate A lot of it, I d forgotten, but the wonderful sense of surrealism that permeates the novel is definitely still there It s basically about a boy who moves to a new neighborhood and junior high school He doesn t fit in with the students, but his life improves when another new student arrives Alan Mendelsohn who s even weirder than he is They team up to play pranks on [...]

    14. Jen Blood on said:

      Leonard Neeble is the new kid on the block, after living a charmed life in his old school Now, at Bat Masterson Junior High, Leonard does what he has to to remain invisibleuntil Alan Mendelsohn arrives on the scene, proclaiming himself a Martian The Bat Masterson student body as a whole ranges from perplexed to enraged at the announcement chaos ensues Leonard, however, is entranced While Alan is suspended from school, Leonard dupes his child psychologist into condoning a brief vacation from clas [...]

    15. Saul on said:

      In a word, hilariously funny Oh, sorry that s two words Let s make it three words, bizzar SF madness Another Pinkwater classic about two boys trying to make their way through a high school system devoid of intellect or the desire to educate This may strike a chord with older readers who suffered through similar episodes of cold war era craziness Young readers will find it a nice SF adventure, although of the grounded on Earth variety What I especially like is the ending Many Pinkwater books ten [...]

    16. Stephen Gashler on said:

      This book is perfect for young adults who are fascinated with the paranormal, just as I was when I read it A remarkable attribute of Pinkwater s works is, on top of being downright hilarious to the point of inducing tears and schoolgirl giggles, his whimsical, unpredictable stories engage the reader and stretch the imagination while having virtually no conflict This story, while low key, is a gripping adventure in exploring the limits of our minds, reality, and other realities It s told in such [...]

    17. Chance Lee on said:

      I really liked this book, and I wish I had Daniel Pinkwater books as a kid, but I didn t I did have The Adventures of Pete and Pete on Nickelodeon, and I feel like the creators of that show much have been heavily influenced by Daniel Pinkwater The book manages to be timeless, even though it s from 1979 and the main character, Leonard Neeble, smokes cigars in his counselor s office even though he Leonard is in high school Almost everything in the book is completely absurd, but it all works perfec [...]

    18. Alan on said:

      Re reading a childhood favorite It s just as wonderful at age 24 as at 10 And now I realize that, without meaning, to I ve spent most of my schooling trying to be like Alan Mendelsohn.Another reviewer put it really well This is one of those books that you read as a kid and the scenes get stuck in your head for the rest of your life and you don t remember where they re from did I dream about Hergeschleimer s Oriental Gardens Did I actually study the art of mind control and then you reread it 15 o [...]

    19. Sunita on said:

      It is always wonderful to discover a new author, especially one with such a quirky and creative style of writing that has you in stitches for most of the reading experience This book has made me into an instant Pinkwater fan, off to scout for of his work One of my best reads so far this year Although targeted for a YA audience, this book will surely have any adult in chuckles and grins reading the unusual adventures of the 11 year old Leonard and his Martian friend, Alan I will not be able to h [...]

    20. Rosanne on said:

      This was a strange, strange book It was on a list of all time great YA books, so I got it from the library, however it is too cute for its own good, and not as good as it thinks it is a collection of funny sounding words and names that come at you fast and continuously so that you have no idea what ties together and a potentially wonderful and amusing science fiction story about loners and friendship if only the rest of that nonsense had been cut out Loved the beginning, loved the end Otherwise, [...]

    21. Shalom on said:

      First things first This book had no point other than being ridiculous and try to make you laugh You need to be in the right mood to appreciate Klugarsh s method for Interstellar Archaelogy or the 26th State by Klugarsh Inc a misfit boy Leonard befriends a human looking Martian and embark on wacky adventure that leads to mind control tummy rubs and hat lifting to staging a coup in the lost continental dimension of Waka Waka The funniest character goes to the psychologist Dr Prince who insists tha [...]

    22. Dean on said:

      I read this book a long time ago when I was younger and I decided to read it to my son when we was a small fry He loved this book, so we bought it and I read it to him a couple of times when he was small We developed a routing growing up of adopting some elements of books in our personal life One was making Green Death Chili from the Bermuda Triangle Chili Parlor in the book and eating it with corn muffins and serving it with Hot Chocolate of Fleegix This is a book I will always treasure, as the [...]

    23. Caroline on said:

      My friend recommended this book to me, and I loved it First, to clarify, I am a teenager, and read this book as a teenager for the first time I really wish I had found it when I was younger, because I would have loved it that much Reading it, it felt just like the books I read when I was younger Leonard and Alan s misadventures were completely insane and yet made perfect sense at the same time I would recommend this book especially younger children.

    24. Don Munsil on said:

      This is the stuff Pure, unadulterated Pinkwater With this book he put together everything he loves and made it all work Sure, the ending is a bit of mish mash But it s still great absurdist fantasy science fiction adventure comedy.It s got mind control Aliens Time travelers Comic books Alternate dimensions Insanely hot chili Terrible cocoa If there was any justice, this would be on the required reading list in every high school.

    25. Anthony on said:

      This is a quirky, funny book that I first read in jr high My son liked it enough to read it aloud with me, but it sometimes gets so weird that it ends up being disjointed Kids with imaginations that can appreciate stuff that is bizarre just for the sake of being bizarre will love it Also, if you ve read any Pinkwater before, this is exactly the kind of book you have come to expect him to write.

    26. Alexis O on said:

      My daughter insists that we rate this book 5 stars, while I feel it is a 4 star book It is kooky and fun Right now, she is going through feeling like she doesn t always fit in, and this book tells about acting out, finding kindred spirits and embracing who you are in the guise of a whimsical story about inter dimensional travel Some cultural references are dated, but it didn t take away from the story.

    27. Mark Edlund on said:

      Science FictionI have had this book for several years before reading it I bought it at a library book sale It is young adult fiction and kind of odd It sort of reminded me of Wrinkle in Time but not as well written and much odd.Canadian reference one brief reference to Fort Simpson, NWT.No pharmacy references

    28. Allan on said:

      I think this is a really interesting book At first I had a hard time trying to understand the book because I felt the author kind of jumped around So while reading this book I would often reread sections to help me get a better understanding of the book Apart from being challenging for me to understand I would recommend this book especially for those who enjoy fictional or adventurous stories.

    29. Aimee on said:

      This book was by turns sad, funny and absurd It did not have a real plot until nearly halfway through the book which is a problem More than a little strange, so unless you re really into theater of the absurd type stuff there are interesting things out there to read Maybe this book works better for a younger audience

    30. Glen Engel-Cox on said:

      Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars, seems to be well loved and is often mentioned as a favorite of the younger set I m glad to finally have this opportunity to read it, for it is indeed a fun book, full of exceedingly strange twists and turns You aren t sure if Alan is from Mars, or if he s just playing, and then you are sure, and then you aren t It s Philip K Dick lite, but it s fun.

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