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The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich (Melvin Beederman, Superhero) Paperback – May 30, 2006
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“A fun, flighty caper. Slyly sprinkled with borrowings from superhero tales and packed with kid-pleasing yucks, this copiously and comically illustrated tale is sufficiently full of baloney to fly.” ―Publishers Weekly on Melvin Beederman
“Trine's fast-paced, humorous new series will capture the hearts of bright new readers.” ―Jody Fickes Shapiro, Adventures for Kids, Ventura, CA, Booksense Children's Picks on Melvin Beederman
“Trine and Montijo have given readers an appealing superhero and his trusty assistant. These delightfully entertaining adventure stories are a must-have for most libraries.” ―School Library Journal on Melvin Beederman
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The Melvin Beederman series presents author Greg Trine's first books. Illustrator Rhode Montijo has also written and illustrated CLOUD BOY.
THE CURSE OF THE BOLOGNA sandwich sets up the Melvin Beederman series fabulously. From Melvin's humble background, the beliefs of the superhero school, to his superhero hideout, readers get to learn out this legend-in-the-making gets his start. The writing lends itself easily to reading aloud to youngers who may be reluctant readers, and funny enough that adults doing the reading may end up chuckling again and again at Melvin's actions and the author's witty commentary. The chapters are short and concise and provide plenty of stopping areas. However most readers won't want to stop, hooked on each development of the story.Read more ›
Melvin Beederman is a young superhero fresh from the superhero academy on his first assignment in L.A., who 'hasn't had a superhero since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.'
Once Melvin finds himself a place to live- a tree house somewhere- he waits for cries for help. He encounters the bank robbing McNasty brothers, just in time to lose his cape which enables him to fly- even if it takes him six times before he gets off the ground!
In comes Candace, who suddenly has x-ray vision while playing Little Red Riding Hood in her school play. And then she finds she has super strength, which gives her such confidence she catches a purse snatcher and the school's milk money thieves. All while wearing her new cape, which is way too big for her.
Soon Melvin and Candace team up and put the McNasty brothers away, making L.A. safe once again.
Melvin Beederman and the Curse of the Bologna Sandwich (A curse? You'll have to read to find out!) is funny and entertaining and I look forward to reading the series with my three boys!
In his pursuit of the evil, no good McNasty Brothers, Melvin's cape is lost, found, he acquires a new partner, discovers an "unofficial" website (where his secret weakness is being advertised to every bad guy who has internet access), and has his limits tested. Throughout his trials and tribulations are given an amusing spin by a voice over narrator who puts his own spin on things. Will Melvin be able to defeat the McNasty brothers...who is his secret nemesis? You'll have to read to find out...you know you want to!
Overall, this is an amusing, entertaining start to a super new series! The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich is sure to be a favorite among boys (6-10), but I also found that my 9 year old daughter thought it was a hoot, so it will appeal to a mixed audience. It would also be a wonderful read aloud for younger kids (especially if you can pull off the narrator effect)! Trine manages to touch on important topics like doing homework before having fun (and fighting crime), self-esteem, persevering through difficulty, creative problem solving, the importance of the perfect evil laugh (if you're an evil villain) and more...all the while making it hilariously funny!Read more ›
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This was part of a birthday gift that was requested! Big hit!Published 2 months ago by Karen L Anderson
I got this book for my 1st grader. We needed a chapter book to read every night that would hold his attention. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Latenitereader
I have been reading these to my 6 year old daughter and she loves them. I love that Melvin is a superhero and saves the day but her isn't perfect. Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Jessica S.
I bought these for gifts for my son's second grade class for Christmas. They are awesome stories. My son loves them so much that we are now reading the rest of the series!Published on January 30, 2014 by KittyGotClawz
This whole series is great fun! Greg Trine does a wonderful job of creating a series of characters that appeal to young boys. We've read the whole series and thoroughly enjoy them!Published on July 3, 2013 by student
I read this to my son, a chapter at a time, at bedtime. We both loved the story, Melvin, and the cute writing style. All in all, this was fun book for kids. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Nancy Brandt
My grandson is 8 and an avid reader. He read this book and asked me to get him the whole series. He has never done that before!!!!Published on October 23, 2010 by J. Scott
My son (6) can read but wasn't really interested in reading for pleasure. I ordered Melvin Beederman, Superhero, and had it delivered in his name. Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by K. Whitworth
I have not personally read this series but my 9 year old has and loves it! He can read a book in a day or two and it's worth one point for his school's Accelerated Reader testing... Read morePublished on February 24, 2010 by C. Wilson