Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon

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A creative companion to Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Molly Lou Melon's grandma taught her to be happy with herself no matter what, but  that's not all she learned. Molly Lou heard all about how her grandma didn't have fancy store-bought toys when she was little. She made dolls out of twigs and flowers and created her own fun in her backyard.

So Molly Lou does just that, proving that the best thing to play ...

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Overview

A creative companion to Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Molly Lou Melon's grandma taught her to be happy with herself no matter what, but  that's not all she learned. Molly Lou heard all about how her grandma didn't have fancy store-bought toys when she was little. She made dolls out of twigs and flowers and created her own fun in her backyard.

So Molly Lou does just that, proving that the best thing to play with is a huge imagination!

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"Molly Lou experiments with making a floral 'whoseywhatsit,' and then turns a backyard tree into a dollhouse, boxes into a race car, and clouds into quality TV programming. When Gertie, overindulged and bored, moves in next door, Molly Lou shows her how to embrace found objects, and soon the two girls are happily exhausted. The pro-imaginative-play and anti-consumerism message . . . will be appreciated by many." —Booklist

"Catrow’s cartoon-style pencil, watercolor, and collage illustrations match Molly Lou’s lavish imagination. . . . Words and pictures work well to present a straightforward lesson on the value of good old-fashioned play." —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Irrepressible Molly Lou Melon returns, full of wisdom from her grandma. Although her toy chest overflows, she still enjoys making dolls and action figures from twigs, leaves, and flowers like those her grandma used to make; she creates a doll house in a tree outside; she makes a racing car from cardboard boxes; she watches the pictures in the clouds instead of television. When she hears a new neighbor named Gertie complain that she is bored, Molly invites her over to play. Each day Gertie brings a fancy, elaborate toy, and each day she is amazed at what Molly has made instead. By Friday, Gertie has been converted; she brings a homemade doll for Molly's "palace." And Molly is amazed. She is sure that her grandma is winking down at her from the clouds at the lesson she has taught Gertie. Molly's oversized head is bursting with hair; her face is dominated by her large, active eyes. Catrow creates two appealing, cartoon-y girls and Molly's world, an accumulation of stuff, raw material for her imaginative constructions, with pencil, watercolor, and collage, filling the double-page scenes with colorful adventure. No mention is made in the text of Gertie's crutches. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Molly Lou Melon has a house full of plastic toys and gewgaws, but her grandmother never did, and she tells her granddaughter about how she made playthings from found objects when she was young. In spread after spread, the youngster learns to use her imagination. When a new girl moves in next door, Molly Lou introduces her to this new way of playing, but Gertie is stuck in the modern, TV-watching, static-toy world. Of course, Molly Lou is eventually able to turn the tide, showing that imagination rules. The protagonist is a large-headed, bug-eyed girl living in a bright green and pink springtime cartoon world filled with details that will keep young readers busy. Catrow's cartoon-style pencil, watercolor, and collage illustrations match Molly Lou's lavish imagination. The book could have become didactic and preachy, but words and pictures work well to present a straightforward lesson on the value of good old-fashioned play.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399254062
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/25/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 141,386
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Patty Lovell taught kindergarten for fourteen years and recently moved to first grade. She lives in Glen Cove, New York.

David Catrow is an editorial cartoonist as well as a children's book illustrator. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.

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