Children's Book Reviews

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon Book Review

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon is a splendid book to read to your children or students in order to encourage ingenuity and resourcefulness!

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon written by Patti Lovell and Illustrated by David Catrow

In our modern world of technological gadgets galore, it is so difficult to convince our young ones to use their imagination in order to create their own joy. However, this incredible book, Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon, does just that.

Molly Lou Melon is a darling little girl who decides to not only listen to the advice her grandmother dispenses but to put it into action. For example, when her grandmother tells her, “Back in the olden days, I didn’t have a store-bought dollhouse. I made one in my backyard,” Molly does just that. However, Molly goes a couple of steps further and turns an entire tree into a dollhouse, doing something her grandmother never dreamed of.

Her grandmother’s advice further sparks Molly Lou Melon’s fancy as she takes creative play to a whole new level, from the creation of a gigantic and colorful cardboard box racecar to a “Sky Wide” TV that can only be viewed through the clouds.

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon Book Trailer

If Patti Lovell’s writing wasn’t fantastic enough, David Catrow’s pencil and watercolor illustrations bring the story to life even further through its detailed packed whimsical drawings. Children will have a fantastic time discovering all of the different details Catrow adds to this wonderful work of literature.

For more information about Patti Lovell and Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, click below.

For more information about David Catrow, click below as well.

After a couple of reads and illustration explorations, my students discovered that Gertie, Molly Lou’s new, reluctant friend, has leg braces, which further deepens the plot of the story. Furthermore, the artistic creation of Molly Lou herself would make any child want to jump in and make Molly Lou his or her new BFF, as well.

Not only is this a definite must-read, but this book makes an awesome resource for STEAM projects for any elementary teacher who would like to add literature to creative discovery.

Best Attribute: STEAM and Literature connection

Accelerated Reader Level 3.4

Be sure to stop by your local library or bookstore and grab your copy today.

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