I wanted to take the time to thank these kind bloggers for the nice things they have said about the book:
“Melvin and the Boy” is a lovely little book. Both text and illustration work in concert with each other to create a fun, cohesive whole. The text is simple and straightforward with playful artwork filling in the holes. Children will love the images of other pets and parents will appreciate the book’s message. And a two-page section at the end featuring turtle facts is a fun and somewhat unexpected addition. ~ Cracking The Cover
The Boy of the story is delightfully sweet and appealing, his words expressed simply and honestly. Castillo's text and illustrative style are equally praiseworthy. ~ Storied Cities
Melvin and the Boy revisits the familiar theme of the child who wants a pet, but successfully finds the sweet and sentimental tone missing from most picture books on that topic. The illustrations are beautiful and have a timeless feeling about them. At the end of the story there is a series of facts about turtles to share with the young readers. Melvin and the Boy will remind you of the classics. ~ A Picture Book A Day
Every picture is beautiful and charming, with fabulous contrast between bright and subdued colors. There is so much to look at on every page that the squirmiest toddler is sure to focus, and yet Castillo manages not to go too far in the other direction and make the illustrations too busy, they are just wonderfully nuanced. ~ Devourer of Books
In my opinion [Lauren] hit a home-run with Melvin and the Boy. The illustrations do a beautiful job of walking with the text though the story. Nothing about this book is flashy. It has the look and feel of a classic. ~ SharpreadThank you again. The amount of praise Melvin has received is truly overwhelming.