Melanie Jane

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Howling Melanie Jane wants the sky changed from blue to red! When her mother cannot accomplish this task, Melanie Jane flies into a fury, leaving her parents pleading with her. It isn't until they give up that Melanie Jane realizes she can't always have her own way. With its bold illustrations, catchy rhymes, and gentle lesson, Melanie Jane will be treasured by little ones and all parents who have ever dealt with a tantrum. Full color.

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From Publishers Weekly:

A bratty child learns a lesson in this stylish but relatively insubstantial cautionary tale. "Melanie Jane/ Was heard to complain/ That the sky was the wrong shade of blue./ 'I hate it,' she said./ Why can't it be red?'/ Her mother said, 'What can I do?' " At this, Melanie literally flies into a tantrum and takes a seat upon a cloud. She smiles smugly as her parents and neighbors beg her to return. Only when the weary adults start to ignore her does the girl float back down to earth?serving more as a lesson to overindulgent parents than to spoiled kids like herself. First-time author Couture, a lyricist whose credits include Jelly's Last Jam, places fashionability before narrative content. Her breezy rhymes are on the mark, but lead only to a facile "you can't always have your own way" conclusion. Dervaux, who has illustrated for Vogue and French Glamour, favors a minimalist approach in outfitting the title character with a pert bob and a uniform-style plaid skirt. Cartooning in basic-black ink, she paints each smooth figure in primary colors against elegant solid-color backdrops. The idea of the enfant terrible gets lost amid her work's restraint. Ages 3-6.
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From Kirkus Reviews:

Bright colors and winsome illustrations cannot sweeten this didactic rhyming tale from two picture-book newcomers. Melanie Jane holds her breath and throws ``both her shoes down the hall'' because her mother cannot change the color of the sky from blue to red. A child who has never heard the word no, Melanie flies out of her chair in a rage and lands on a cloud, vowing she'll never come down. Pleading by her parents, teacher, doctors, and police is to no avail. Finally, her parents give up, going on ``to something less stressful.'' Thus ignored, Melanie floats down, deciding the sky is just fine as it is. ``And now Melanie knows,/And you, too, I suppose,/That you can't always have your own way.'' While Melanie behaves like a two-year-old, she looks and speaks like an older child. For actual silliness and less moralistic fervor, stick with Stieg's Spinky Sulks (1988). (Picture book. 3-6) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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