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The beloved modern classic character, Molly Lou Melon, is tackling the timely topic of speaking up for yourself and others. Molly Lou Melon's mother taught her to use her big voice for good--to speak up for what's right, for those who can't, and even when it's hard. So she does. When school starts and a bully begins teasing everyone, including a new student, Molly Lou knows The beloved modern classic character, Molly Lou Melon, is tackling the timely topic of speaking up for yourself and others. Molly Lou Melon's mother taught her to use her big voice for good--to speak up for what's right, for those who can't, and even when it's hard. So she does. When school starts and a bully begins teasing everyone, including a new student, Molly Lou knows just what to do. From standing up for a friend to admitting when you've made a mistake, Molly Lou shows us how speaking up is always the right choice. The beloved classic character has another important message to share, and David Catrow's vibrant and spunky illustrations continue to expand Molly Lou's larger-than-life personality.


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The beloved modern classic character, Molly Lou Melon, is tackling the timely topic of speaking up for yourself and others. Molly Lou Melon's mother taught her to use her big voice for good--to speak up for what's right, for those who can't, and even when it's hard. So she does. When school starts and a bully begins teasing everyone, including a new student, Molly Lou knows The beloved modern classic character, Molly Lou Melon, is tackling the timely topic of speaking up for yourself and others. Molly Lou Melon's mother taught her to use her big voice for good--to speak up for what's right, for those who can't, and even when it's hard. So she does. When school starts and a bully begins teasing everyone, including a new student, Molly Lou knows just what to do. From standing up for a friend to admitting when you've made a mistake, Molly Lou shows us how speaking up is always the right choice. The beloved classic character has another important message to share, and David Catrow's vibrant and spunky illustrations continue to expand Molly Lou's larger-than-life personality.

30 review for Speak Up, Molly Lou Melon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Molly Lou Melon does it again! She’s loud, lively, and energetic, but she uses those in a positive way. That’s what I like about Molly Lou Melon. In this picture book, Molly takes the lessons that she has learned about honesty, friendship, and responsibility to her classroom when Bettina Bonklehead turns into a bully. It started when Molly Lou Melon sat in the front row of the classroom with two of her friends on the first day of school. Perhaps it was because Molly Lou smiled her huge toothy gri Molly Lou Melon does it again! She’s loud, lively, and energetic, but she uses those in a positive way. That’s what I like about Molly Lou Melon. In this picture book, Molly takes the lessons that she has learned about honesty, friendship, and responsibility to her classroom when Bettina Bonklehead turns into a bully. It started when Molly Lou Melon sat in the front row of the classroom with two of her friends on the first day of school. Perhaps it was because Molly Lou smiled her huge toothy grin at all of her friends, perhaps it was because she carried her big yellow backpack to school, perhaps it was because she had big black hair, perhaps it was because she had on a striped shirt, or perhaps it was because Bettina was having a bad morning, the thing is…..we don’t know why Bettina decided to start picking on the kids in her class that day. Nevertheless, Bettina snickered out a commented to the three friends which wasn’t very nice. But I did like Molly Lou’s response and the look on Bettina’s face. Later, when Molly Lou Melon is partnered with Bettina in winter, Molly didn’t let Bettina’s previous actions affect their relationship. They had a good time even when things didn’t go quite as planned. Molly kept her positive attitude and she inspired her peers to be better individuals. This was a good feel book. A great book to promote positive action and how to change a situation. I liked how the book started out showing positive statements and then, the story followed. The illustrations are wonderful, very animated and dramatic. If you haven’t read one of Molly Lou Melon books yet, you should.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shaye Miller

    This is a precious, bright, and colorful book about doing what's right, even when it's hard -- be true to yourself, take responsibility for what you do, accept people who are different from you, and speak up for others. When Molly Lou's mom instructs her on these character traits, she is truly put to the test when she goes off to school. Kids can be mean and it's easy to spot those who are neglected. But Molly Lou's heart shines through and she makes a friendship circle that can get her through This is a precious, bright, and colorful book about doing what's right, even when it's hard -- be true to yourself, take responsibility for what you do, accept people who are different from you, and speak up for others. When Molly Lou's mom instructs her on these character traits, she is truly put to the test when she goes off to school. Kids can be mean and it's easy to spot those who are neglected. But Molly Lou's heart shines through and she makes a friendship circle that can get her through anything. I got a little nervous while I was reading this book because there was a VERY not nice kid in it and I'm always rooting for the underdog and worried that they're going to remain bad. But never fear, it has a beautiful (wordless, even) ending that gave me all the smiles!! :) The artwork was really engaging and children will be kept busy looking around for all the details hidden on each page. These illustrations were done in pencil, watercolor, and ink. For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Kahn

    Many years ago, I worked in a K-8 school and fell in love with a little book about a very little girl, named Molly Lou Melon. Little did I know that when I read it aloud to my classes, it would be the right book at the right time for a tiny second grader, who confided in me that she was being made fun of because of her height. She checked the book out over and over. Some years later, she was an eighth grader and she shared that it remained her favorite book. I've been in middle school for the la Many years ago, I worked in a K-8 school and fell in love with a little book about a very little girl, named Molly Lou Melon. Little did I know that when I read it aloud to my classes, it would be the right book at the right time for a tiny second grader, who confided in me that she was being made fun of because of her height. She checked the book out over and over. Some years later, she was an eighth grader and she shared that it remained her favorite book. I've been in middle school for the last twelve years and, try as I might to keep up with picture books, it's hard. So I missed Molly Lou Melon Has Fun. This newest title was displayed prominently at my public library and it made my heart happy. It's a nice story, but the illustrations are the stars here. There's so much energy and emotion packed into each page that you shouldn't rush through the book and you should also make time to revisit it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tomiko

    I received an egalley of this book from Random House for review purposes. I am so happy to see the return of this spunky character who radiates kindness and self-assuredness. Some of Molly Lou's life instructions from her mother may seem a little didactic, but they are breezily paired with artwork that makes the point clear in a way that young readers can easily understand. Examples include "Take responsibility for the things that you do, good or bad," and "Accept people for who they are and list I received an egalley of this book from Random House for review purposes. I am so happy to see the return of this spunky character who radiates kindness and self-assuredness. Some of Molly Lou's life instructions from her mother may seem a little didactic, but they are breezily paired with artwork that makes the point clear in a way that young readers can easily understand. Examples include "Take responsibility for the things that you do, good or bad," and "Accept people for who they are and listen to their ideas, even if they are different from yours." The only quibble that I have, and it is a minor one, was the sentence near the end that mentioned her friend Gertie waving her crutch in the air. I noticed the character earlier in the illustrations and thought it was a nice touch to include diverse characters, include several with disabilities. I think that such a detail may be best discovered naturally through observation, as we do in real life. Like I said, it's a minor quibble and does not prevent me from highly recommending this as a read-aloud for Kindergartners up through even the older grades such as third and fourth graders because of its potential for generating thoughtful conversations.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maryalice

    Molly Lou Melon is back for more adventure with her friends. As she plays with her animal friends, Molly Lou’s mother reminds her to “Be true to yourself;” take responsibility for the things you do, good or bad;” “Accept peple for who they are and listen to their ideas, even if they are different from yours;” and “Use [your strong voice] to speak up for anyone who might need your help.” In the fall when Molly Lou goes to school, she needs to apply these lessons with her friends and the class bul Molly Lou Melon is back for more adventure with her friends. As she plays with her animal friends, Molly Lou’s mother reminds her to “Be true to yourself;” take responsibility for the things you do, good or bad;” “Accept peple for who they are and listen to their ideas, even if they are different from yours;” and “Use [your strong voice] to speak up for anyone who might need your help.” In the fall when Molly Lou goes to school, she needs to apply these lessons with her friends and the class bully. At every opportunity Molly makes her friends, Ronald Durkin and Gertie; the new kid, Garvin Grape; and even the class bully Bettina Bonklehead feel welcome as she lives the values her mother taught her. Even when owning her mess (alone), Molly Lou finds a way to make cleanup an adventure and remain positive. THOUGHTS: Elementary libraries will not want to miss this additional title about Molly Lou Melon. Molly Lou is a recognizable and important character in children’s literature, and students will delight in her newest adventures. A must-have for elementary libraries, this title will be great for lessons on friendship, bullying, and making good choices.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Flossmoor Public Library (IL)

    5 stars I enjoyed Molly Lou Melon previously in the story "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon," so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed and I wasn’t. Molly Lou is the same precocious, confident character in "Speak Up" as she was in her first book. The lessons learned in this story are timeless and needed these days. “Be true to yourself. Take responsibility for the things you do, good or bad. Accept people for who they are and listen to their ideas even if they are different from yours. Speak up for anyone 5 stars I enjoyed Molly Lou Melon previously in the story "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon," so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed and I wasn’t. Molly Lou is the same precocious, confident character in "Speak Up" as she was in her first book. The lessons learned in this story are timeless and needed these days. “Be true to yourself. Take responsibility for the things you do, good or bad. Accept people for who they are and listen to their ideas even if they are different from yours. Speak up for anyone who might need your help.” Molly Lou took these to heart and as the story goes on you see how she applies them to her life at school and with her friends. Showing children that when you do these things it will turn out well for everyone. And in the end even the bully finds that out. What a great story! The illustrations are top notch fun!! Quirky kids with great expressions, and animated characters even down to the animals! I really enjoyed this story and all it entailed. I recommend this for everyone! Become friends with Molly Lou and you might learn something!! - Ms. Elena

  7. 4 out of 5

    AMY

    I loved the concept of this book! Molly is learning life lessons and making the best of it all. She is brave and learns to step up when necessary. Kids will learn a lot from this character. It should spark lots of discussion as a read-aloud. Colorful illustrations throughout. Highly recommended for Grades K-2.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karly

    This is a fun, energetic, inspiring, and incredible book for young kids! This book is about how a young girl stands up for another! This is a great way to teach children how to stand up to bullies and how bullying is not okay! Great book, the lesson implies one of the better solutions towards bullying.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Helean

    Along with the great illustrations, this book has many lessons scattered throughout it. I believe it is very important for students to hear things like "accept people for who they are and listen to their ideas, even if they are different from yours". The characters were diverse and the illustrations were very fun to look at, but seem a bit random and sometimes out of place. Along with the great illustrations, this book has many lessons scattered throughout it. I believe it is very important for students to hear things like "accept people for who they are and listen to their ideas, even if they are different from yours". The characters were diverse and the illustrations were very fun to look at, but seem a bit random and sometimes out of place.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    I love books that have a message of friendship and standing up to bullies and teasing. Molly takes it on herself to stand up to the class bully and even ends up cleaning up after her and never tattles on the bully. This is a great book for starting a discussion with children about being kind and not letting others around you be mean. Molly Lou does it well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    lucy Ü

    This is one of those picture books that I absolutely love and will always share with my children and their children. I LOVE the art in these books and the messages in these books. Overall, they are so dang cute that I just cannot contain my love for these books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Josie Arndts

    I love a book with a good message. This one is about doing what is right even when it is hard and standing up for yourself. A great read for young readers that may help them understand these complex topics.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Molly Lou Melon may be small in stature, but when it comes to doing the right thing, and being true to yourself, Molly Lou Melon is just as big, if not bigger that everyone else. Her courage and moral compass points true north when school begins, and challenges arise.

  14. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

    SM

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Hardesty

    Molly Lou Melon I love you! David Catrow, I love your illustrations more!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I wish they had kept the grandmother, instead of changing it to mother.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Khan

    4.5

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debby

    3- review here 3- review here

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    6 stars. My new favorite picture book. I absolutely love Molly Lou Melon and her big spirit and voice!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zazie

    I loved this story! Awesome story for children. I recommend this to all of you. I'm sure your kids will love it! I loved this story! Awesome story for children. I recommend this to all of you. I'm sure your kids will love it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dax

    This was beautiful and a perfect book for children to grow up with and adults to read as a reminder.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Carolina

    This artistic style stands apart from the crowd while inviting in every single reader with its equally timeless and timely narrative.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    Molly stands up to a bully bothering her friend at school.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    Molly Lou Melon learns to stand up to a bully in this book. I love the way that courage is incremental. Perfect for school aged children.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved it! Cute book about standing up for yourself!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jj

    Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for the review copy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Love this a a readaloud. Super expressive illustrations with lots of fun characters and names.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fred Slusher

  30. 5 out of 5

    Noelle Mcbride

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