Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

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"Leave it to Molly to transform all her 'faults' into marvelous talents.. . . #Catrow's# pictures fill the pages with wild perspectives, goofy-looking kids, and hilarious details. . . . Leaves readers with the feeling that anything can be accomplished if you are the best person you can be and make the most of your gifts." (Kirkus Reviews)

"What keeps the storytelling fresh is the crisp prose and the heroine's full-spead-ahead determination. . . . Catrow's full-bleed pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, awash in ...

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Overview

"Leave it to Molly to transform all her 'faults' into marvelous talents.. . . #Catrow's# pictures fill the pages with wild perspectives, goofy-looking kids, and hilarious details. . . . Leaves readers with the feeling that anything can be accomplished if you are the best person you can be and make the most of your gifts." (Kirkus Reviews)

"What keeps the storytelling fresh is the crisp prose and the heroine's full-spead-ahead determination. . . . Catrow's full-bleed pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, awash in ripe colors and animated by slapstick exaggeration, radiate a winningly eccentric elegance." (Publishers Weekly)

"The text is fast and funny, and Molly Lou is a fetching little heroine. Catrow's palette is intense. . . . This will make a comic readaloud." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself.

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Publishers Weekly
Meet Molly Lou Melon: she's "just taller than her dog," with "buck teeth that stuck out so far, she could stack pennies on them," and a voice that brings to mind "a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor." She also possesses huge insect-like eyes. In fact, young readers may actually gasp when they get a good look at the fearless first-grader in Catrow's (She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head) double spread, extreme close-up portrait. Thanks to her grandmother, the protagonist possesses seemingly indomitable self-esteem but will it survive a move to a new school and a bully named Ronald Durkin? Newcomer Lovell doesn't offer any real surprises in her fable there's never any doubt that Molly Lou Melon will charm her classmates with her eccentric talents (which include making a paper snowflake the size of a school room), or that even Ronald Durkin will capitulate and join her fan club. What keeps the storytelling fresh is the crisp prose and the heroine's full-speed-ahead determination; the story never dallies too long on the potentially saccharine message. Catrow's full-bleed pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, awash in ripe colors and animated by slapstick exaggeration, radiate a winningly eccentric elegance. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Molly Lou Melon, the shortest girl in first grade, has buckteeth, a voice like a bullfrog and fumble fingers. Her grandmother has taught her to accept herself and be proud and the world will accept her, too. When Molly moves to a new town and school, Grandma's words of wisdom are put to the test. People can behave nastily toward those who are different. Fortunately, Molly Lou Melon's practice of accepting herself helps her to pass the test with flying colors. Speaking of colors, illustrator David Catrow's fine watercolors add zest and texture to this simple yet affecting tale. 2001, G.P. Putnam's Sons, $14.99. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer:Christopher Moning
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Although first-grader Molly Lou Melon is extremely short, has buck teeth you can stack pennies on and a bull-frog voice, and is clumsy, her grandmother keeps reminding her that if she believes in herself, the world will believe in her, too. When Molly Lou's family moves, and she encounters the school bully, Ronald Durkin, she remembers her grandmother's advice. When he calls her "SHRIMPO!" she beats him at football and, full of self-confidence, meets his other taunts with an astounding array of talents. The intricate snowflake she cuts wins Ronald's admiration and his gift of a stacking penny for her teeth. Catrow's pencil and neon-green-tinged watercolor illustrations suit the exuberant, over-the-top quality of the protagonist and text. The book's message, however, may leave readers wondering if the way to deal with a bully is just to be better at everything, which might not be feasible for many children. Judith Caseley's Bully (Greenwillow, 2001) is more realistic. Still, Lovell's story is good fun, and to believe in oneself, in all one's variability, is a laudable theme.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Spunky Molly Lou Melon isn't going to let anything get in her way, including the fact that she is short, clutzy, buck-toothed, and has a voice like a frog. Newcomer Lovell's heroine follows her grandmother's sage wisdom to walk proudly, smile big, sing out, and believe in herself. And Molly has never needed that advice more than when her family moves. At her new school, Molly immediately becomes the target of Ronald Durkin, the bully. But leave it to Molly to transform all her "faults" into marvelous talents that get the best of Ronald Durkin, as hilariously illustrated by Catrow ("Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs", p. 499, etc.). His pictures fill the pages with wild perspectives, goofy-looking kids, and hilarious details. Readers will have no trouble imagining themselves a part of the action, and Lovell makes it easy for children to chime in with several repetitive phrases. Even if Molly Lou Melon's tale "is "a little too good to be true, she leaves readers with the feeling that anything can be accomplished if you are the best person you can be and make the most of your gifts. "(Picture book. 4-8)"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399234163
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,144
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.39 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    I just finished reading this to my class! I love the message it sends for children about loving yourself and your unique qualities. This book teaches a lesson for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    What an incredible children¿s book! I¿m quite sure that everyone

    What an incredible children’s book! I’m quite sure that everyone has had encounters with bullies at one point or another, and if children are young and fortunate enough that they haven’t, they surely will before adulthood. This children’s book celebrates the unique differences that are often the basis that bullies use to poke fun at other children. Regardless of what mean things people said or did, Molly Lou Mellon stood tall and proud of who she was. Always. The illustrations that accompany thus story are phenomenal as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    I loved this book. I am a grandmother who had to read a book to my grandsons first grade class. He got very upset because a child called him stupid, the week before. My grandson and I chose this book because it was a story between a grandmother and her grand-daughter. The little girl was being bullied by a young boy, when she moved to her new home and went to a new school. The grandmother taught the child to never mind what other children say and that the grand-daughter was perfect the way she was. She listened to her grandmother and everything worked out well. The young boy never bothered her again. The children in the class loved this story because they all related to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2011

    100% perfection! A must-be-bought book!

    I am a girl. Like most girls I worry about all my flaws. This book is all about embrassing those flaws and turning them into something beautiful. Molly lou Melon gives kids an extra boost in courage, confidence, and self-asteem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

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    Great Children's Book

    As a teacher, I highly recommend this title. It's a great story about a little girl who embraces her differences and stands up to the class bully. She doesn't let anyone get her down. A great story for teaching children acceptance and self-esteem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Great gift for baby showers!!

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! I am a neonatal nurse and have given it as a goodbye gift to patients I have taken care of for a long time. It has a tremendous message for all children (and adults) to stay true to yourself and be who you are. Our copy at home is tattered from being read so many times. It is also a great discussion book for parents to use with kids to accept others differences! It is my all time favorite children's book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2008

    It's a 10 star item.

    This is the book to get and keep. It's not just for kids. It tells you how to live life. I was recommended to get this book by my child's daycare provider and ordered 4 copies the next day for 4 different people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Standing Tall No Mater What !

    Stand tall Molly Lou Melom is Very encoraging book about a little girl. That is just taller than her dog. Mollys grandma told her alway walk as proud as you can. Molly had buck teeth that were so big that so could put big stacks of pennies on her teeth. Molly also had Avoice tha souned like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constictor. Molly Beleieved in her self but she often had a fumble finger. Soon Molly would be moving to a new town. So, she had to say good bye to her grandma and friends to start at a new school. In her new school, there is a bully who makes fun of Molly for how she looks. Molly shows himthat everyone is different in their own way. There is a good life lesson in this story of how everyone is different. That is what I liked about it. It showes how Molly stands up for her self.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    Outstanding!

    I purchased this book 1.5 years ago for our daughter and we just LOVE everything about it-illustrations, moral, characters, etc. It truly teaches them to 'Believe in Yourself'. I highly recommend this book to everyone- young and old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    This is a WONDERFUL book!!

    I bought this for my 11 year old daughter years ago. It was one of her favorites, now I read it several times a day to her 20 month old brother. My Grandmother is just like Molly, short,with a scratchy voice. When I read it to her she almost cried. She wished she had had this book when she was young. The illustrations are amazing also. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2004

    Everyone Loves This Book

    My 2 and 3 year old boys love this book. I have since purchased it as a gift many times. Everyone who reads this book loves the illustrations and the fabulous message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2004

    Great Self-Esteem Book

    I love this book for children. It tells them to be proud of exactly who they are!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    What a wonderful book!

    I read this for a graduate level children's literature class for licensure in teaching and it was my FAVORITE out of 80+ books. It's a beautiful story of self-esteem and self-confidence and the illustrations are AMAZING! I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book with a powerful message behind it. This would be GREAT for little girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    A boost of self!

    Molly Lou Melon is a wonderful character and teaches a wonderful concept of confidence in one's self. A positive book for children as well for all ages. A boost that is needed for ourself as well a reminder. Thank you for publishing this book. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2003

    We love Molly Lou!!!

    What a breath of fresh air. My Goddaughter and I love this book. It was the book she learned to read from, and the first she read through all by herself. We have even painted one of 'Grandmother's quotes of wisdom' on her bedroom wall. What a glorious way to instill self assurance and confindence in today's impressionable young children who are struggling to 'fit in'. Thank you for writing such an enlightening children's book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2003

    This book is GREAT!!!

    This book is wonderful, it teaches children to be proud of who they are! The pictures are fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2003

    Highly recommended !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is an excellent book regarding young children and begining a self-esteem at a young age. Be proud of who you are no matter what anyone else says or thinks of you. You will enjoy reading this book to your children. The pictures are wonderful and the book is very funny.

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