Wet Friend! (Adventure of Meno Series)

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GREETINGS, EARTHLINGS!

MENO AND FRIEND YAMAGOO WANT FRIEND TRIO. YES, WE DO!

Tony DiTerlizzi is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Spiderwick Chronicles, Kenny & the Dragon, and the 2003 Caldecott Honor Book The Spider and the Fly. He is also a #1 husband and father. Here he teams with wife and partner in publishing, Angela, to make sure every child gets his or her wish, ...

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Overview

GREETINGS, EARTHLINGS!

MENO AND FRIEND YAMAGOO WANT FRIEND TRIO. YES, WE DO!

Tony DiTerlizzi is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Spiderwick Chronicles, Kenny & the Dragon, and the 2003 Caldecott Honor Book The Spider and the Fly. He is also a #1 husband and father. Here he teams with wife and partner in publishing, Angela, to make sure every child gets his or her wish, especially if that wish is for a WET FRIEND!

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Editorial Reviews

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"A preschool epic so polished that it looks untouched by human hands...Children will greet this with giggles." — Publishers Weekly

"Meno is an endearing little boy joined by a jellyfish friend named Yamagoo. Together they enjoy simple yet sweet adventures young readers will love. We adore the bright and gleeful illustrations." — Scholastic Parent & Child magazine

"These books (priced at not much more than greeting cards) make a wry gift for new parents with an offbeat sense of humor, comic fans who can appreciate the pacing and palette, and yes, toddlers who will enjoy the nonsensical words and logic." — Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness

"A new series of titles for the wee'est of children, called Adventure of Meno. These books, which make me laugh...mark somewhat of a departure in style for him...It's all good fun. Er, big fun, as Meno would say." — Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"I wish Meno had arrived ten years ago when my bookworm was little! Meno's sweet, funny and nostalgic adventures are filled with campy humor and retro art making them appealing to adults as well as little people. When you are reading books to your little bookworm, it helps to be as charmed as they are." — Mrs. Nelson's Toy & Book Shop Weekly Newsletter

"It's amazing how some children's books can be so seemingly simple, yet stand apart from the rest. Tony and Angela DiTerlizzi keep the story cute and simple, with illustrations that are drawn in a slightly retro style that mirrors current designer toys. Meno is heading toward a future of toys, TV and more." — Giant Robot magazine

"Meno has great ideas for fun, some that you might not necessarily agree with but then, this means that you probably need to lighten up a bit. Cause remember, sometimes the best picture books make you laugh. These are perfectly sized for the tiniest of hands and visually engaging ("presented in vibrant Meno-Color!") for eyeballs of all ages." — Diane, Little Shop of Stories, Georgia

"Wake up America, Meno has landed! My son loves these books with a passion usually reserved for dinosaurs and teddy bears. The language is fun and captures the nonsensical humor of a child at play. DiTerlizzi's illustrations are bold and Raygun Gothic, capturing the 50's era vision of the future." — Topher Bradfield, Book People, Austin, TX

"I just wanted to say how much I love, love, love and ADORE Meno and his little friends! These must the most fun books to read aloud ever, and the fun is contagious. I have read my F&G to several folks of all ages and always get lots of laughs. I cannot wait to handsell this during book talks this holiday season. Everyone will want BOTH. Thanks for publishing MENO!" — Susan Kunhardt, Book Passage, San Francisco, CA

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
The space alien, Meno, and his jellyfish friend, Yamagoo, have a problem. In this second book in the "Adventure of Meno" series, Yamagoo is sad because he doesn't have any friends to play with in his water world. Meno asks his friend, Wishi, to grant his wish and create a new friend who can play with Yamagoo in the water. Wishi tries her best but comes up with some initial rejections: a crab, plankton, and the actor David Hasselhoff (the former star of the television series, Baywatch.) Wishi finally comes up with a new friend named Zanzibar, who appears to be a fish wearing a party hat. Meno and Yamagoo are pleased. The illustrations are simple and recall some of the characters in the Pokemon franchise. In an attempt to create an alien language, the authors have Meno speak in a truncated diction ("Please to meet Wishi") and use substitute phrases for ordinary things (e.g., happy fun bowl is a fishbowl). The book contains a brief pronunciation guide and a glossary. The characters and story seem too weak to interest younger children, and the dialog can be off-putting. Finally, while the reference to Mr. Hasselhoff may amuse parents, it will probably not mean much to their children. Parents should note that while the pages are thick, they can be torn. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416971498
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Adventure of Meno Series , #2
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony DiTerlizzi

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

Angela DiTerlizzi is a mom, wife, and author who loves writing books for children. She and her husband, bestselling author/illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, reside with their daughter in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Jupiter, Florida.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

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