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Melvin and the Boy Hardcover – July 5, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805089292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805089295
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Castillo’s expressive artwork gently sets the boy in the center of a friendly, bustling cityscape and deftly conveys his longing for an animal friend, the joy at finally achieving that goal, and the ultimate realization that perhaps a wild animal belongs in the park, not leashed or cooped up in an apartment." --Horn Book Magazine 
 
“Emotionally true and therefore highly satisfying.” --Kirkus Reviews
 
"With pared-down, rhythmic words and mixed-media illustrations filled with spot-on body language and details from an urban child’s world, Castillo elevates the familiar theme of a child’s unrequited yearning for a pet, adding a welcome twist when the boy, not the parents, is the first to recognize that Melvin belongs in the wild.” --Booklist

About the Author

Lauren Castillo has illustrated several titles, including the critically acclaimed What Happens on Wednesdays by Emily Jenkins and Buffalo Music by Tracey Fern. This is the first book she has both written and illustrated.


More About the Author

Lauren Castillo grew up in small town Maryland, but now spends her time in the bustling borough of Brooklyn, New York, writing and illustrating books for children. She likes exploring the city, daydreaming in parks, doodling in cafes, and spying cute dogs on the street. Visit her website at www.laurencastillo.com and her blog at laurencastillo.blogspot.com. Drop by and say "hello" any time!


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A little boy wants a pet, but he lives in the city and his parents say no to every pet he proposes. One day, he sees a turtle with a yellow spot on his shell at the pond in the city. He wants to take the turtle home and his parents agree. But the turtle is not happy at the boy's house and the boy reluctantly decides to take the turtle back to the pond.

A gentle story about love and sacrifice.

"When I take Melvin outside to meet my friends, he is shy.
He doesn't even want to meet the other pets.
And while I play catch, he tries to sneak away."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica at Cracking the Cover on July 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When you're little and don't have a pet of your own, it seems like everyone else does. That's how the little boy in "Melvin and the Boy" feels. He wants a dog, but they're too big, his mom says. A monkey is too much work, his dad says. And a parrot is too noisy, they both say.

It seems all hope is lost until the boy notices a turtle with a fancy shell at the park. The turtle is small and quiet and shouldn't be too much work, and when the boy asks if he can keep him, Mom and Dad agree.

"Melvin and the Boy" is a lovely little book. Both text and illustration work in concert with each other to create a fun, cohesive whole. The text is simple and straightforward with playful artwork filling in the holes. Children will love the images of other pets and parents will appreciate the book's message. And a two-page section at the end featuring turtle facts is a fun and somewhat unexpected addition.
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By Jacquelyn Doty on August 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have bought 'Melvin and the Boy for my Granddaughter along with other books for her Birthday and I know she will like it.
I liked the book and it arrived in good time and was in perfect condition. It is a wonderful story for young and preschool age.
Thank you, Jacquelyn
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