Melvin and the Boy
To say that I am not completely sure how to review a picture book would be an understatement. I read a lot of picture books, but when it comes to book reviews I usually stick to novels, but after reading Melvin and the Boy I just cannot help myself. What I do know is that kids of all ages will love this book. My 2 and 4 year old had me read it a slew of times last night, and I imagine my fourth graders will eat this story up as well.
Melvin and the Boy is the story of a young boy’s dream to own a pet. Everywhere he looks he sees children and adults with pets. After getting regected when he asks for a pet: dog, monkey, and bird the boy’s parents finally agree to let him take home a turtle that he finds in a park.
When he gets home the young boy realizes that Melvin isn’t in love with being a “pet”. Kids will love finding out what the boy does with his very special pet.
Melvin and the Boy is Lauren Castillo’s first time writing and illustrating a book. In her previous work she only did the illustrations. In my opinion she hit a home-run with Melvin and the Boy. The illustrations do a beautiful job of walking with the text though the story. Nothing about this book is flashy. It has the look and feel of a classic.
If you would like to learn more and the work of Lauren Castillo check out her website at www.laurencastillo.com. It is one of the nicest author websites that I have ever seen.