Melonhead and the Big Stink

Melonhead and the Big Stink

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by Katy Kelly
     
 

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Melonhead is back in action, filled with curiosity, stirring up a little trouble (even though he doesn't mean to), and determined to have a summer of fun! In this second book in the Melonhead chapter book series, Melonhead is still pals with Lucy Rose, but he's not going to Parks & Rec camp this summer. He ruined one of Mrs. Wilkins's favorite garden plants, so his

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Melonhead is back in action, filled with curiosity, stirring up a little trouble (even though he doesn't mean to), and determined to have a summer of fun! In this second book in the Melonhead chapter book series, Melonhead is still pals with Lucy Rose, but he's not going to Parks & Rec camp this summer. He ruined one of Mrs. Wilkins's favorite garden plants, so his parents have "loaned" him to her to do chores. This is going to mess up his summer plans if he doesn't figure something out. He and Sam need to find a way to get to New York City to see the titan arum "bunga bangkai" plant. It's supposed to be twelve feet tall, weigh a hundred pounds, and smell like dead mammals, plus rot, plus spoiled food. It only blooms once every seven years, and even then only for two days and then it keels over dead. It's the Big Stink of a Lifetime! But Melonhead has to get a few more good deeds out of the way first, and doing chores for Mrs. Wilkins is a good start, even if it wasn't in the plan to begin with!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 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
Kirkus Reviews
Melonhead is as irrepressible as ever in his second outing (Melonhead, 2009). Out of fourth grade for the summer, his escapades pile up with duckling rescues gone awry, a black-paint disaster and more. Melonhead and his best friend Sam want to visit New York to view the bunga bangkai (otherwise known as the "corpse flower") that only blooms for two days every seven years. To earn the trip they try hard to behave. A fateful game of "fenceball" lands Melonhead in the doghouse, though, when he destroys the elderly Mrs. Wlkins's treasured plant. His punishment is to be her helper, but an affinity develops as Melonhead learns about her fascinating past. Meanwhile, Melonhead strikes up a friendship with a teenager but finds that isn't quite what it seems. When events conspire to dash everyone's hopes, forces come together in a shining example of how one good deed begets another. The clever dialogue sparkles, and Johnson's blithe sketches add to the cheerful mood. A breezy and humorous middle-grade tale that illuminates the value of intergenerational relationships. (Fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375845277
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Series:
Melonhead Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
613,066
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

About the Author

Katy Kelly is also the author of the hilarious Lucy Rose chapter book series. She lives in Washington, D.C.

About the Illustrator

Gillian Johnson is a UK-based author and illustrator. She lives in Oxford, England.

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Melonhead and the Big Stink 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!
Missy Ware More than 1 year ago
Very cute book. I read it to my kids over the summer.
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