Mel Fell (Hardcover)

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By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$17.99
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Staff Reviews


Turn the book sideways and follow Mel's first flight (or fall) from the nest! Mel's can-do attitude encourages readers to take the leap and soar.

— Chelsea

Spring 2021 Kids Indie Next List


“This charming, exuberant picture book features Mel, a young kingfisher who has decided that today is her day to learn to fly. As the title suggests, things don’t initially go according to plan, but readers will delight in flipping the book around to cheer Mel along as her irrepressible optimism turns ‘Mel fell’ into ‘Mel flew.’ With its unusual and fun vertical format, this book has great read-aloud potential.”
— Brittany Baker, Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Boston, MA

Description


A charming and innovative tale about a plucky little bird, from the award-winning author-illustrator of Fox the Tiger.

Readers will delight in turning their book sideways and upside down to follow Mel on her journey from downward fall to triumphant flight in this tale of self-confidence and taking a leap of faith.

An especially enjoyable and satisfying read-aloud!

Sometimes, you might fall

                down,

                                down,

                                                down,

before you learn to fly

                up,

                                up,

                                                up…

About the Author


Corey R. Tabor is the author and illustrator of Snail Crossing, Fox and the Jumping Contest, Fox and the Bike Ride, Fox Is Late, Fox versus Winter, and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award–winning Fox the Tiger. Corey lives in Seattle with his wife and son and spends his time making pictures and stories. You can visit him online at www.coreyrtabor.com.



Corey R. Tabor is the author and illustrator of Snail Crossing, Fox and the Jumping Contest, Fox and the Bike Ride, Fox Is Late, Fox versus Winter, and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award–winning Fox the Tiger. Corey lives in Seattle with his wife and son and spends his time making pictures and stories. You can visit him online at www.coreyrtabor.com.

Praise For…


“The mixed media drawings, alive with wonderful textures and soft colors, show Mel executing an impressive aerial somersault before blithely hurtling headfirst in parallel with the tree trunk as inhabitants below are thrown into comic panic, convinced that Mel’s dive-bombing will result in disaster…. ‘Hope’ may be the thing with feathers, but Mel proves that ‘gutsy’ can be, too.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Young people, who find themselves on the precipice of new activities, routines, schools, and challenges so frequently, will savor this little kingfisher’s success and perhaps feel they can right themselves the next time they fall into a downward spiral….Encourages children to feel brave, to try, and to believe they can soar.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“There’s a good deal of humor in this lighthearted story; a slug keeps promising to help but never makes it far, and a fly is liberated (“I’m free!”) from the spider’s web when Mel falls through it. Tabor’s relaxed, loose-lined illustrations capture the energy of the fall as well as Mel’s endearing, determined personality.”
— Horn Book (starred review)

“Heartening fare for nestlings facing plunges of their own.”
Booklist

“Clever wordplay and lively narration give this immediate appeal, while the unique composition and dynamic mixed-media art confer buoyant energy. Audiences will appreciate Mel’s no-nonsense, can-do attitude, and aspiring birdwatchers will find a few fun facts in the author’s note.” 
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062878014
ISBN-10: 0062878018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2021
Pages: 40
Language: English