Melonhead

Katy Kelly, Author, Gillian Johnson, Illustrator , illus. by Gillian Johnson. Delacorte $12.99 (209p) ISBN 978-0-385-73409-7

Kelly, author of Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me and its sequels, launches an appealing, boy-centric series starring Lucy Rose's friend, Adam Melon (dubbed Melonhead). The hyperkinetic nine-year-old's knack for finding trouble surfaces immediately, when his foot gets stuck in a tree and he must be rescued by firefighters (“My mom said my shoe is ruined. I told her, 'Not to me.' I nailed it to the wall over my bed so I will always have the memory”). Though Melonhead's subsequent conundrums are (slightly) less dramatic, they are no less engaging or energetic. Adam's goofy sense of humor and his comic interactions with his parents, teachers and best friend Sam (the two are amateur inventors) are just right for the target audience. “I love the feeling of having a pet in the house,” he says of the snake he's hiding from his parents. “Two pets, actually, even though as soon as Cobra has his next lunch, I'll be back to one.” The book has an excellent shot at winning over reluctant readers. Final art not seen by PW . Ages 9–12. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 02/23/2009
Release date: 03/01/2009
Genre: Children's
Open Ebook - 107 pages - 978-0-375-89192-2
Paperback - 209 pages - 978-0-440-42187-0
Library Binding - 224 pages - 978-0-385-90426-1
Prebound-Glued - 209 pages - 978-1-60686-914-7
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