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Melonhead

Written by Katy KellyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Katy Kelly
Illustrated by Gillian JohnsonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Gillian Johnson


· Delacorte Books for Young Readers
· Hardcover · Ages 8-12 years
· March 10, 2009 · $12.99 · 978-0-385-73409-7 (0-385-73409-3)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Lucy Rose, one of Adam Melon’s good friends, gave him his preferred nickname: Melonhead. And while Melonhead’s mom is not thrilled about it, he certainly is! Melonhead loves shortcuts, snakes, and inventing, though all three get him into some interesting situations, and maybe a wee bit of trouble, too. And Melonhead is having some trouble trying to decide what type of contraption might win him a trip to the Challenge America finals for an original invention reusing everyday materials—if it doesn’t get him grounded first! Join Melonhead as he attempts to make great discoveries including keeping his mom from finding the snake he’s hidden in his room. Friends of Lucy Rose will love hearing about Melonhead’s inventions and mishaps.

Themes:
Family & Relationships
Friendship • Growing Up
Emotions & Feelings • Humor • School

Grades 3–5


ABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Here’s the thing about Katy Kelly: If you look at Lucy Rose’s life and then look at Katy’s, you’ll see that in some ways they’re very similar. Katy grew up on Capitol Hill and had a dog named Gumbo. Her parents are very much like Madam and Pop . . . and she’s an original thinker, at least according to her dad. Now working as a writer, Katy Kelly has worked as a reporter for People magazine, a feature writer for the Life section of USA Today, and was a senior editor at US News & World Report. She comes from a family of writers. Katy’s mom, Marguerite Kelly, is the author of The Mother’s Almanac and the syndicated column, The Family Almanac. Her father, Tom, wrote for the long-gone Washington Daily News and her brother, Michael, was a syndicated columnist and the editor of the Atlantic Monthly. Her sister, Meg Kelly, is an Emmy Award-winning television writer. Katy, her husband, and their daughters, Emily and Marguerite, now live in Washington, D.C.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

PRE-READING ACTIVITY
Ask the class: Have you ever tried to invent something? What do you think are the steps to making an invention?

COMPREHENSION
Encourage students to complete these activities as they read:
• Readers get to know characters by studying what they say, what they do, how others react or talk to them, and what they look like. Fill out the following chart about Melonhead himself on the next page.
• Create a diagram or chart which lists the experiments and what Sam and Melonhead learned from each attempt for the Challenge America contest.
• Since good readers make predictions about what is going to happen next, write a question at the end of each chapter about what you hope will be answered. For example, I wonder if Melonhead will get out of the tree?

POST-READING ACTIVITIES
• Encourage students to try a Challenge America invention—for themselves, of course! Remind them what Mr. Santalices said: try to create something new, original, and useful.
• Melonhead wants to keep the snake he found but he’s not even sure what it needs at first to survive. Have students research the needs of their dream pet and calculate how much it would cost to not only purchase the pet but provide for him for one year.
• Diaper science! Get a variety of diaper brands and reenact the experiment that Sam and Melonhead conduct in the bathroom. What are your class’s findings?

BEYOND THE BOOK

ASK KATY KELLY
Do your students have questions for the author about her writing and characters? Have them e-mail her at AskKatyKelly@gmail.com today!

OTHER TITLES OF INTEREST

Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me
Yearling
PB: 978-0-440-42026-2

Lucy Rose: Big on Plans
Yearling
PB: 978-0-440-42027-9
Delacorte Press
HC: 978-0-385-73204-8
GLB: 978-0-385-90235-9
CD: 978-0-307-20713-3

Lucy Rose: Busy Like You Can't Believe
Yearling
PB: 978-0-440-42108-5
Delacorte Press
HC: 978-0-385-73319-9
GLB: 978-0-385-90338-7

Lucy Rose: Working Myself to Pieces & Bits
Yearling
PB: 978-0-440-42186-3
Delacorte Press
HC: 978-0-385-73408-0
GLB: 978-0-385-90425-4

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