A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This story is filled with adults who care about kids, from parents and grandparents, to teachers, shop owners, barbers, and neighbors. The friendships between kids and siblings are supportive, creative, and positive. Interesting to note that one child did not win a prize at the "reinvention fair" because there was too much parental involvement in her work. Melonhead's mother is highly nervous, which explains some of his behavior.
"Butt," "chicken butt."
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Products & Purchases
Cereal products have much attention: Honeycomb, Count Chocula, Frankenberry, Cocoa Puffs, Honey Nut Cheerios, Cap'N Crunch, Lucky Charms, Apple Jacks. Other sugary products mentioned are Skittles, Hostess Sno-Balls, Pop Tarts, Gummi worms.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Melonhead and Sam get into trouble because they don't think about consequences. The boys don't mean any harm, but they don't think about dangers that could come to them or others by their actions. Parents talk with the boys about their behavior, but the effect is minimal. Parents also need to know that the boys capture a wild snake and bring it home. They learn to feed it live mice, which is described. Also, there's lots of sugar in this story, from breakfast cereal to junk food snacks.
Is It Any Good?
MELONHEAD is a delightful romp through the life of a ten-year-old boy, and is filled with positive good energy. There's plenty of boy and girl appeal in this story full of friendships and classmates. The Washington DC backdrop adds color to the boys' adventures, as famous landmarks are part of their neighborhood.
As the boys come up with new ideas for a reinvention, readers also learn about real-life inventions and the people who invented them. This story is good for reading aloud or reading alone, and is a big high-five.
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