Reviewed by Ryan Z. (age 8)
Melvin Beederman is a hilarious series. My favorite part is when Joe the Bad Guy ties up Melvin and Candace to the refrigerator. They think it is full of bologna, their only weakness, but it turns out to be pastrami. Melvin and Candace snap free. Melvin is a funny character. He thinks that since he can speak gerbil, he can communicate with his pet rat named Hugo. For example, in the story Melvin asks him, “Squeakity, Squeak, Squeak?” This either means, “How does it taste?” or, “Does your belly button itch?” I loved the illustrations. My favorite one is when Melvin sees the librarian’s underwear. In the picture, Melvin looks like he’s going to be sick. Melvin can’t turn off his x-ray vision so he sees everybody’s underwear. That’s why Melvin Beederman the Grateful Fred is such a funny book.
I recommend this book for 2nd and 3rd graders because it teaches you to trust each other. Melvin and Candace rely on each other when solving cases. It also teaches courage. Melvin is courageous because even though he does not have all the superhero powers, he manages to always catch the bad guys.