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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Series: Melonhead
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375845275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375845277
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6 Rising fifth graders Melonhead and Sam are determined to see the titan arum (corpse flower), a plant that weighs 100 pounds, emits a smell like rotting meat, and only blooms once every seven years. The only problem is that they need to get one of their parents to take them to New York City and they can't seem to stay out of trouble. They form the B.I.G F.A.R.T.S.S., a Boys' Improvement Guide for Acting Responsible Till Stink Sunday, to remind themselves to think before acting. Of course, it's not so easy, and they end up throwing curtain rods out of windows, swimming in public fountains, and destroying an elderly woman's prized plant. As a result, Melonhead's mother makes him work for Mrs. Wilkins. Predictably, she turns out to be quite a bit nicer and more generous than Melonhead originally thought. In the end, they do get to see the bunga bangkai, with Mrs. Wilkins. Some of the characters and their relationships are not fully explained, so familiarity with Melonhead (Delacorte, 2009) helps. Readers will enjoy the humorous adventures of a good-hearted boy who makes bad decisions. The short chapters, frequent dialogue, and pencil drawings generously dispersed throughout make this an accessible read for reluctant readers. Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The life lesson Adam Melon (Melonhead, 2009) has the most trouble learning is to think before he acts. No need to think too long before picking up this satisfying sequel though, because as summer vacation kicks off for this “now official” fifth-grader and his friends in Washington, D.C., the fun is in bloom. In an attempt to keep his excessive enthusiasm in check, Adam's mom presents him with a “Remind-O-Rama,” and her campaign, which results in a ladybug-infested kitchen and a painted baby, makes for hilarious reading. Grades 3-5. --Andrew Medlar --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Katy Kelly- Here's the Thing About Me!

I was born in Washington, DC and grew up on Capitol Hill, four blocks away from the capitol of the United States. I still live in Washington, DC.

Before I wrote books for kids I was a features reporter for USA Today. I've also worked at People magazine. The best thing about being a reporter is getting to meet all kinds of different people.

I have an artist husband and two fabulous daughters. Some of the things in the Lucy Rose and Melonhead books actually happened to our family. Like when the guinea pig gets stuck in the wall. Only in real life it was a hamster.

Melonhead is based on my brother and my five Melonheaded nephews.

Melonhead's friend, Sam, is a real boy.

I work at home in my pink ffice. It is decorated with pictures by children's book artists. When I am tired of being at home, I work at Politics & Prose, a completely excellent bookstore near my house.

I am not very sporty. And I am not very organized. Mostly, I like to draw and read books and take long walks with my friends, some of whom are children.

I have one brother and two sisters.

My favorite food is ice cream.

You can e-mail me if you want. My address is katykelly202@gmail.com I'll write back.






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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darcy Wishard on August 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I don't know if you know this, but a phenomenon in middle school libraries is that if they are in 6th grade they want to read books about 7th and 8th graders, if they are in 7th grade they want to read about 8th and 9th graders....you get the idea. As we all know sometimes books about older kids aren't always appropriate, so the key to getting kids to read age appropriate books is humor, humor, humor!

Melonhead is always in trouble and is the poster child for not thinking before you do something! Even when he is trying to be good it seems things still go wrong. When he accidentally ruins a neighbors favorite garden plant despite his best efforts to avoid getting in trouble, his punishment may ruin his summer plans...Melonhead is dead set on going to the New York Botanical Garden to see a twelve foot tall plant that only blooms once every seven years and smells like rotton meat (yuk).

Full of humor and Melonhead's hilarious hi-jinks this book will have the pre-teen crowd snickering at the inevitable disastrous results. On the sweet side the book also shows the benefits of befriending the elderly when Melonhead starts to enjoy his "punishment" of being loaned to Mrs. Wilkins (who Melonhead and friends estimate must be at least 100 years old). A nice easy read that ultimately spreads the message that one good deed from the heart can sometimes erase mistakes from the past
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Melonhead and the Big Stink tells of Melonhead a.k.a. Adam Melon, and provides a fine first-person survey of Melonhead's list of things he's not supposed to do. He gets in trouble and is supposed to do chores for Mrs. Wilkins, messing up his summer plans to see New York City. A fun story evolves with plenty of twists and turns for middle-grade readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Washington, DC Mom on July 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fun series, almost nostalgic in that the kids are nice, creative and inventive. Katy Kelly creates a kid-friendly Washington many of us wish existed, but is fun to imagine. A great series for your third or fourth grader. Especially one I would recommend to a boy. Read to your younger child if you want to laugh out loud.
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By Kathryn B Adair on April 15, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My grandsons 9 and 10 loved the book...
They are big readers and wanted more of the same so I gave it a 5 star rating!
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