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What 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.
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What's the story?
Adam "Melonhead" Melon is a budding inventor with a knack for getting into trouble. He and his best friend, Sam, enter a school science project to recycle an older invention into a new one. Their first idea is to make a shallow-water submarine so that they can help FBI agents catch crooks who might be discussing crimes at the Reflecting Pool in Washington DC. When they realize this idea is not going to work, they come up with a series of other ideas, all equally wacky. Along the way, they spend their days like two 10-year-old boys -- doing homework, mud surfing, catching snakes, and roof running. In the end, and with the help of their daily adventures, the boys find a way to make all their wrong ideas become one giant right one.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why and how Melonhead gets into trouble. Does he mean to get into trouble? Do you think his parents do a good job of helping him learn about his actions? Families can also talk about the friendship between Melonhead and Sam, as well as Lucy Rose and Jonique. How do you know they are good friends?