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MELONHEAD AND THE BIG STINK by Katy Kelly

MELONHEAD AND THE BIG STINK

By Katy Kelly (Author) , Gillian Johnson (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: June 8th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-385-73658-9
Publisher: Delacorte

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)