Friday, May 4, 2012


Melonhead (Melonhead #1)
Katy Kelly, illustrated by Gillian Johnson
Delacorte, 2009
$12.99, Hardcover
March 26th, 2012

Genre: Realistic, School Story
Age: 8+
Description: Adam “Melonhead” Melon likes to invent things so when his school is participating in Challenge America! he gets excited because his school is challenged with taking old materials and inventing something new from them. He decides to partner up with his best friend Sam but they find a lot of their ideas are failures. Try and try again they must but will they be able to come up with something worthy of an entry?
Opinion: Out of the nearly 300 books I’ve read this year (most for my Materials 5-8 and Materials for Tweens classes) this is one of the books I hated the most. For me it just dragged on and on. Most of the plot actually had nothing to do with their inventions. For something that is so supposedly integral to the plot it certainly took a backseat to the boys’ antics. For instance, we read about Melon getting his foot caught in a tree knot, the boys finding a snake and Melon first losing the snake’s dinner (mice) and then the snake itself in the house, Melon getting yelled at for his short cut home (running on the tops of many roofs!), and so on. The boys’ actual invention finally appears with there is about 20 pages left in the book and it is so detailed it seems to go on and on even though you’re almost done with it. This is one book I couldn’t wait for it to be over. I won’t be reading any of the sequels. 

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