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Melvin and the Boyby Lauren Castillo
Synopses & Reviews
When a little boy sees a turtle basking in the sun at the park, he thinks hes found the perfect pet. But when they get home, the boy soon discovers that the only time the turtle comes out of his shell is at bath time. Is it possible that the turtle would be happiest back in the pond? After all, its always bath time there!
Lauren Castillo's beautiful art gives this gentle story about finding the right pet--and, in the end, doing what's right for that pet—a timeless, classic feel.
"In her authorial debut, about a boy whose experiment in turtle ownership doesn't quite work out, illustrator Castillo's (Alfie Runs Away) gently outlined drawings help to soften a potentially disappointing situation. Melvin fulfills the boy narrator's parents' conditions for pets — he's not too big, and he doesn't demand too much work. But he's withdrawn ('When I take Melvin outside to meet my friends, he is shy,' says the boy as his friends surround a firmly shutup shell), and he's not very active, either. 'I have to carry him all the way home,' says the boy, his red leash fastened to Melvin's shell, which sits stolidly on the sidewalk. The boy's parents offer surprising support, allowing their son to bring Melvin home from the park, but the decision to return Melvin is the boy's own: 'hen I set Melvin free, he goes right into the pond where two other turtles are sunbathing.... Ã¢Â€Â˜We should let him stay here,' I say.' It's an honest account of a small, manageable failure, with a lemonade-from-lemons moment at the end: 'I can't wait to visit him tomorrow!' Ages 4 — 8. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
When a boy finds a turtle basking in the sun at the park he thinks he has found the perfect pet, but the turtle only seems happy at bath time. Includes facts about turtles.
About the Author
Lauren Castillo has illustrated several titles, including the critically acclaimed What Happens on Wednesdays by Emily Jenkins and Buffalo Music by Tracey Fern. This is the first book she has both written and illustrated.
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