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STAND TALL, MOLLY LOU MELON by Patty Lovell

STAND TALL, MOLLY LOU MELON

By Patty Lovell (Author) , David Catrow (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-399-23416-0
Publisher: Putnam

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)