Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo


Oh boy!  My son requested that I read this book to him FOUR times in a row and there is not a single construction vehicle in it.

This book is about a boy that wants a pet and finds a turtle.  The boy names the turtle Melvin and you read about Melvin’s reaction to being a pet and how the boy decides to let the turtle go.

After reading this book four times in row, my son said, “I like that book a lot!”  We’ll probably read it again tomorrow several more times.

But this is a wonderful, simple, and very honest book.  Both my son and I love it.  I even enjoyed reading it over and over again.  Sometimes I cringe when my son asks for a particular book to be read again, but not this one.  It is a joy to read.  I’m looking forward to reading other books by this author.

Where Obtained:  Library.

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  1. I love this book so much! Castillo is a local author-illustrator and I adore her style. I hope you get a chance to take a look at some of her other work. She also illustrated one of my favorite picture books, “What Happens on Wednesday.” I reviewed it on Storied Cities way back when.


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