*I received product(s) mentioned in this post for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.*
Melvin the Mouth is published by Charlesbridge Publishing. Charlesbridge publishes many books for kids of all ages and I absolutely love their books. One of the newer titles, Melvin the Mouth was a new release this fall and my family received an opportunity to read and review this wonderful and fun book. It is written by Katherine Blanc, Mel Blanc’s daughter in law. It is geared for children ages 4 to 8 and is fully illustrated. The fun illustrations are by Jeffrey Ebbeler.
About Melvin the Mouth
You may know of a man named Melvin “Mel” Blanc. He became the Man of 1,000 Voices. He created many voices of characters for Hollywood movies, television and radio but is most famous for his Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoon voices such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, and many, many more. At the beginning of this book, you see Melvin’s crazy laugh written in text that later became the sound of Woody Woodpecker. I love Woody Woodpecker. Learning about this book and about Mel Blanc (there’s a short biography at the end of the book) brought back many memories of Saturday morning cartoons with my brothers when we were kids.
This is book is about Melvin as a child. How Katherine Blanc imagined he would be like a child. As we read this story, we very quickly realize just how imaginative Melvin is. Every bit of his day is full of imagination, creativity, and…. well, voices. At the beginning of the book, Melvin’s mom tells him to get his shoes on so he can get ready for school. But Melvin says he’s a dragon and dragon’s have bare feet. And of course Melvin says this in a dragon voice. And his imagination and voices are carried with him to school. There’s one point in time where there happens to be a shark in the boy’s bathroom.
There may also be a train and race car at school too. And on the bus ride home, the school bus turns into a rocket and Melvin has a robot voice. Sometimes his imagination and voices may get him in a little trouble but he’s also a big help too – and could make people laugh.
We loved the full, colorful, and fun illustrations. I thought the storytelling flowed really well and was really easy for younger kids to follow along with the story. The text and illustrations keeps younger ones captivated while my 8 year old son stays interested in the story as he is reading it alone. He loves the book. He thinks it’s funny and he also loved learning about Mel Blanc. We have some old Looney Tunes videos that he as watched and thought it was pretty cool to read about the Man of 1,000 Voices.
Melvin the Mouth is truly a great book for kids. It’s a lot of fun to read and I imagine this book will have a home forever on our kids’ bookshelves and eventually be passed down in the family. Hopefully it will be an inspiration to let imaginations soar. I highly recommend this book!
Buy It: Be sure to check out Charlesbridge Publishing for more books. You can purchase Melvin the Mouth in hardcover for $16.99 on their website. Right now you can also find it on Amazon for $11.89. Remember, prices on Amazon change often so you never know when it will be back to it’s original listing price of $16.99.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. However, I received free product mentioned in this post from Charlesbridge Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are 100% my own.