Melonhead and the We-Fix-It Company

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“Melonhead and his friends inhabit a world . . . where inventiveness and camaraderie reign supreme.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
For fans of Judy Blume's Fudge titles as well as Carl Hiaasen's Hoot.
Money. That’s what Melonhead and his best friend, Sam, need. Due to a “situation,” the boys have to pay for something they accidentally ruined. Neither of them receives an allowance, so they create the We-Fix-It ...

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Overview

“Melonhead and his friends inhabit a world . . . where inventiveness and camaraderie reign supreme.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
For fans of Judy Blume's Fudge titles as well as Carl Hiaasen's Hoot.
Money. That’s what Melonhead and his best friend, Sam, need. Due to a “situation,” the boys have to pay for something they accidentally ruined. Neither of them receives an allowance, so they create the We-Fix-It Company. When jobs start pouring in, the boys feel like they have all the answers. But they soon run into a problem too big for just the two of them to handle. Luckily, their friends offer to help. With teamwork and the courage to dream big, the kids surprise even themselves and deliver amazing results.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 3–6—Adam Melon, aka Melonhead, and his best friend, Sam, inadvertently discover a great way to remove tarnish off silver while creating "destructionator" drinks for each other. Unfortunately, in the process, Adam's mom catches them, slips on the pizza sauce they left all over the floor, and dents her antique teapot heirloom. Now Adam and Sam must find a way to earn enough money to repair it. Trying their hand at being fix-it guys, the duo take on odd jobs, to varying degrees of success. Will Adam and Sam earn enough money to fix mom's teapot? Kelly has done it again; the characters are funny, endearing, and capture the essence of boyhood extremely well. A few unforeseen twists and turns will keep readers on their toes. A must-have for any library collection.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
Kirkus Reviews
Melonhead, always brimming with good intentions, once again successfully enchants. In this, his fifth adventure, Melonhead and his best friend, Sam, still cannot keep themselves out of trouble. Melonhead's aunt gives them a challenge: If they can go 30 days without getting into a "situation," she will reward them by taking them to an amusement park. Hoping to meet the challenge, Melonhead finds himself trading in the term "situation" for "snafu." (Aunt Traci didn't say anything about snafus, after all.) After a snafu involving a silver teapot, the boys must find a way to earn money. They are hilariously ill-equipped to run their We-Fix-It Company: Sneakers become glued to fingers, and hedge trimming turns into an exercise in abstract design, among other mishaps. But triumph awaits. Utilizing everything they've learned, the boys convert their mistakes into a brilliant creation, and Melonhead's final act of kindness will endear him to readers. Breezy sketches accompany the buoyant repartee--"You're wrong, King Kong"--and overall silliness that includes copper-cleaning supersonic vomit. In this lively and light entertainment for middle graders, Melonhead and his friends inhabit a world without sarcasm or texting, where inventiveness and camaraderie reign supreme. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307929709
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/14/2014
  • Series: Melonhead Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

This is KATY KELLY's ninth book for young readers and the fifth in the Melonhead series. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two daughters. 

GILLIAN JOHNSON is the illustrator of all Melonhead books to date. She lives in Oxford, England, with her husband and their two sons. 

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