The Grateful Fred (Melvin Beederman, Superhero Series #3) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Overview

Bad guys tremble at the sound of his name!

From: grateful@fred.com To: melvin@beederman.com

Dear Melvin,

We need your help. Someone has been sending us threatening letters. We don't know who it is. Please come to our concert tonight, just in case.

Sincerely,

Fred of The Grateful Fred

Someone is out to get ...

See more details below
Hardcover (Library Binding - THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY)
$16.56
BN.com price
(Save 10%)$18.40 List Price
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (3) from $16.55   
  • New (2) from $16.55   
  • Used (1) from $16.55   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Bad guys tremble at the sound of his name!

From: grateful@fred.com To: melvin@beederman.com

Dear Melvin,

We need your help. Someone has been sending us threatening letters. We don't know who it is. Please come to our concert tonight, just in case.

Sincerely,

Fred of The Grateful Fred

Someone is out to get the Grateful Fred, Melvin Beederman's all-time favorite rock-and-roll band. Can he and his partner-in-uncrime, Candace, find out who it is before it's too late? Or will Joe the Okay Guy turn into Joe the Bad Guy and put an end to the Grateful Fred once and for all?

In this third installment of the Melvin Beederman series, only the narrator knows for sure!

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In this third series installment, child superhero Melvin and his assistant Candace are trying to figure out who has it in for the hot new band, The Grateful Fred. When someone sets off a bomb at a concert, it's up to the two kids to find the culprit, a task somewhat hampered by Melvin's difficulty with flying and Candace's refusal to save the world before her math homework is done. Readers learn early on what the bad guy is up to, and the story line follows the hero's and villain's parallel stories until they finally meet. Rather than relying on mystery or action, the book attempts to capture its readers with wit-sometimes more successfully than others. It is funny that Melvin can't turn off his X-ray vision and has to look at everyone's underwear, but overuse of stock phrases such as "faster than a speeding bullet" and "nick of time" wear thin. Sketchy black-and-white cartoons appear frequently throughout. Early chapter-book readers would do better to stick with Bruce Hale's "Chet Gecko" (Harcourt) or Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) series.-Adrienne Furness, Webster Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417762767
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Melvin Beederman, Superhero Series , #3
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 138
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Trine is a superhero who lives in his hideout in California with his family. He spends his days saving the world, eating pretzels, and watching cartoons. His weakness: Rocky Road ice cream.

Rhode Montijo is superhero Greg's sidekick. He enjoys creating art from his top-secret headquarters in California. He believes that creating children's books is super! His weakness: red licorice.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Grateful Fred, The


By Trine, Greg

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Copyright © 2006 Trine, Greg
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0805079211

1
The Superhero's Lab
 
Superhero Melvin Beederman was in his tree house taking it easy. Well, sort of. At least he wasn't chasing bad guys. The McNasty Brothers were once again in prison and so Melvin decided it was time to invent the world's best-tasting ice cream. After all, it was an unwritten part of the superhero's code to eat snacks when they weren't saving the world.

So ice cream it was. And not just any ice cream...pretzel-flavored ice cream. Melvin had converted his tree house, which usually served as his good guy hideout, into a superhero's laboratory. All around him were sacks of sugar and cartons of milk.

Let's see, Melvin said to himself, 68 cups of sugar, 111 cups of milk. That's 179 cups in all.

Ah...math. When Melvin wasn't saving the world or pounding on bad guys, there was always a good math problem just waiting to be solved.

He mixed up a batch of pretzel-flavored ice cream and spooned some to his pet Hugo. Hugo was a rat, but right now he was a guinea pig.
The rat licked his lips. He twitched his whiskers.

"Squeakity squeak squeak?" Melvin asked Hugo. This either meant, "How does it taste?" or possibly, "Does your belly button itch?" Melvin had once been fluent in gerbil, but he wasn't so sure about rat.

"Squeak," the rat said. This either meant, "This is the best ice creamever," or "Don't quit your day job, mister."

No problem there. Years ago Melvin had been plucked from an orphanage and sent to The Superhero Academy. He was now the superhero in charge of Los Angeles. Along with his superhero assistant, Candace Brinkwater, he kept the peace. No, he wouldn't be giving up his day job, not as long as his town needed him.

Melvin looked around at his hideout-turned-inventer's-lab and decided to clean up. He wasn't giving up on pretzel-flavored ice cream, but he had things to do. First he cleaned up, then he checked his email.

From: grateful@fred.com
To: melvin@beederman.com
Dear Melvin,
We need your help. Someone has
been sending us threatening letters.
We don't know who it is. Please come
to our concert tonight, just in case.
Sincerely,
Fred of The Grateful Fred
 
"Holy trouble-is-brewing!" Melvin said. "Someone is out to get The Grateful Fred. I love those guys."

Holy trouble-is-brewing indeed. He did love them. The Grateful Fred was his all-time favorite rock and roll band. Melvin had to get going. The email was a cry for help, and The Superhero's Code told him what to do in such situations. Melvin knew he had to be at the concert. He had to keep the peace. And if he could do so while listening to great tunes, well, all the better.

He turned on the TV so Hugo could watch The Adventures of Thunderman, their favorite show. Thunderman and his assistant, Thunder Thighs, were the second-best superheros Melvin knew.

"Gotta go, Hugo," he said as he dove out the window and--
Crash!
Melvin hardly ever got off the ground in one try. He got to his feet and tried again. "Up, up, and away."
Splat!
"Up, up, and away."
Thud!
"Up, up, and away."
Kabonk!

Finally he was up and flying--on the fifth try. This was par for the course for Melvin Beederman. At least he was flying.

Now if only he could learn how to turn off his x-ray vision. He really hated seeing everyone's underwear. But as he zoomed between the tall buildings of Los Angeles, looking down at the people, that's what he saw--underwear.

Lots of it. Too much of it. In every shape, color, and size. It was nauseating, really. He had to remind himself not to eat before going to work.
 
Copyright 2006 Greg Trine
This text is from an uncorrected proof


Continues...

Excerpted from Grateful Fred, The by Trine, Greg Copyright © 2006 by Trine, Greg. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)