Miss Christina's May Reading Pick
Published on Monday, May 20, 2013 - 10:49am
Local author Katy Kelly’s book, Melonhead and the Vegalicious Disaster , will please many children of the D.C. region with its numerous local references to monuments and museums. Adam “Melonhead” Melon lives in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood of Washington, D.C. He’s in the beginning of his fifth grade year and it’s starting out miserably. Melonhead’s new teacher is strict and his mother is creatively making him eat more vegetables, against his wishes.
In the meantime, the arrival of a new classmate, Pip, spurs jealousy and conflict with Melonhead’s friend Lucy Rose and upsets their circle of friends. Pip is witty and likeable and also happens to use a wheelchair. Most of the children effortlessly accept her disability while the adults treat Pip as helpless, until she puts them in line. Melonhead and his friends create a plan to get out of eating "vegalicious" meals while convincing his mom that they love them. Their plan ends up with a surprising and putrid result. The book has wonderful, realistic lessons about acceptance, conflict resolution and the necessity of compromises.
Will appeal to kids ages 8 to 10.