Melvin and the Boy

Lauren Castillo; illustrations by Lauren Castillo

Henry Holt and Co.

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When a little boy sees a turtle basking in the sun at the park, he thinks he’s 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, it’s 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.

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Praise for Melvin and the Boy

"Castillo’s expressive artwork gently sets the boy in the center of a friendly, bustling cityscape and deftly conveys his longing for an animal friend, the joy at finally achieving that goal, and the ultimate realization that perhaps a wild animal belongs in the park, not leashed or cooped up in an apartment." --Horn Book Magazine 
“Emotionally true and therefore highly satisfying.” --Kirkus Reviews
"With pared-down, rhythmic words and mixed-media illustrations filled with spot-on body language and details from an urban child’s world, Castillo elevates the familiar theme of a child’s unrequited yearning for a pet, adding a welcome twist when the boy, not the parents, is the first to recognize that Melvin belongs in the wild.” --Booklist

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MELVIN AND THE BOY by Lauren Castillo, Lauren CastilloKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of MELVIN AND THE BOY . A boy wants a pet, but his parents turn down his requests until he asks to bring a turtle home from a pond in the park.
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Lauren Castillo; illustrations by Lauren Castillo

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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Melvin and the Boy
Lauren Castillo; illustrations by Lauren Castillo


Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
July 2011
ISBN: 9780805089295
ISBN10: 0805089292
Picture Book
9 x 8 inches, 40 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3

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