Comments for Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars
Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars: 05/27/14
Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars is one of Daniel Pinkwater's earliest books. I read it because it was mentioned by Yggdrasil Birnbum in The Yggyssey.
Leonard Neeble, the main character, befriends a the new kid in school. He's bored to death, having also recently moved to this new town. Nothing ever seems to happen her and his boredom is bringing out the worst in him.
Alan Mendelsohn claims to be from Mars. Now in later Pinkwater books, out of the blue statements should be taken at face value. But this book doesn't carry itself with the same bravado so it's hard to tell if Alan and Leonard are telling things as they are.
Although this book has its diehard fans, it didn't pull me into its story as much as I was hoping or expecting. Alan for all his bizarre stories is actually rather boring. He doesn't tell his stories with the same panache as Yggdrasil does.