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Watermelon Madness

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Fantastic illustrations!   This is such a fun book.  I wish it had been available when my super picky eater daughter was young.   What a great discussion opener for eating a healthy, balanced diet.
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Watermelon Madness is such a beautiful book. The illustration style is stunning and the story line was very cute. I could see kids loving this book.
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An adorable book about a little girl named Noura who loves nothing but WATERMELON! All she wants to eat is watermelon, watermelon and more watermelon. Her parents can't get her to eat anything else... until one fateful night she has a dream that changes everything. 

A fun story about gluttony, told with beautiful verse, and vibrant colorful illustrations, this story is bound to be a favorite in classrooms all over the world. 

A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I truly appreciate it!
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Watermelon Madness
by Taghreed Najjar


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Watermelon Madness
by Taghreed Najjar


Noura loves watermelon.She could eat it and nothing else. When her mom gives her chicken she screams for watermelon instead.


One night Noura spied a big watermelon in the kitchen and snuck it under her bed. She was thrilled to eat the entire thing all by herself!  Unfortunately she learns there can be too much of a good thing, and eats an egg the next morning for breakfast.

This was a wonderful book with bright vivid illustrations.  Parents and children alike would enjoy this book with a subtle message.


Thanks for the ebook from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Interesting premise of a girl obsessed with watermelons, but the ending might be scary for some kids.
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Cute story for a child who will only eat from one food group. I could tie this in to a storytime about food/picky eating.
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I thought this book had a very James and the Giant Peach vibe, but that feeling didn't last very long. Noura was rude and extremely ill-tempered. She yelled at her mother with no consequence, and I thought her behavior should have at least been addressed. 

At the end the mother tells her daughter that they will discuss the "magical watermelon" the next day, but then the story ends. Why tell the readers your going to talk about Noura's dream, if you're not going to?

The story was an okay read for me, and my son enjoyed it because of the watermelon theme (he's obsessed with them). I just feel like the story could have been more that what it was (a few more explanations, Noura being told that her behavior was unkind, etc.).

*My review will post on my blog, Goodreads, and Amazon on 8/4/18.
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Watermelon Madness is a cute book about a girl that only wants to eat watermelon. Her parents try to get her to eat other foods, but she only wants watermelon. One night she has a dream that she eats too much watermelon and her belly hurts and she's in a watermelon! After that, she realizes that she should eat her other foods as well.

The book has an ethnic slant, where the foods that Noura has to eat include molokhiya, a Middle Eastern dish and Zaatar, a condiment. I like that the book does offer an insight into another culture. The message is clear and good for children as well: too much of anything isn't good!

I'd recommend this book for children ages 2-5.
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Watermelon Madness is all about a young girl who loves eating watermelon, only watermelon. The bright and colourful illustrations add a sparkle to the story that has a hidden meaning. Great for encouraging young children to try different foods. The watermelon facts at the back of the book are also a great addition! Perfect bedtime read, highly recommended!
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Moira REALLY loves watermelon but learns an important lesson. It’s important to eat more than just your favorite food! 

Cute story and cute illustrations, and a good book for picky eaters to read!
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Cute illustrations and simple story about a girl who loves watermelon...maybe a little too much!

The quick facts about watermelon in the back are a very nice touch.
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This was a fun book.  A child wants to eat nothing but her favorite food watermelon.  She turns up her nose at everything else.  But after sneaking the watermelon under her bed one night, she changes her mind.  To find out why, read it for yourself.  This is a fun book with illustrations to match.
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A sweet sweet tale with gorgeous illustrations about little Noura, whose love of watermelons is an obsession that almost does her in. 5/5

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Thank you to Netgalley, Crackboom! Books, Taghreed Najjar and Maya Fidawi for providing a digital copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Watermelon Madness by Taghreed Najjar has 32 pages and was published in 2018 by Crackboom! Books.

Watermelon Madness is a cute book for young readers. It covers the idea that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. This is a great book to read to picky eaters and the illustrations are simply gorgeous. The artwork is what initially attracted me to this book. 

It was originally published in Arabic and translated to English which is why I believe the flow of the book is a little awkward. However, I do not think little ones will notice this and it does have a good moral.

Recommended for preschoolers and picky eaters.
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What a cute little story! 

The little girl in this story loves watermelon, to the exclusion of other healthy foods. Through the story she learns too much of a good thing isn't always great! 

The graphics were cute and my kids really enjoyed the story!
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Noura loves watermelon so much she won’t eat anything else. (Even I have something other than bacon and ice cream once in a while!) She throws a tantrum when her mother feeds her something else, then goes downstairs in the middle of the night and scores a giant watermelon, taking it int her room and hiding it under her bed for munching in the morning. Then weird stuff happens.
If you want a kid to do something, I suppose there are worse ways of letting them know the penalty for disobeying. Could also serve as a lesson for parents to be more tolerant.
3.5 pushed up to 4/5
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This is a fun yet cautionary tale about a little girl and her love of watermelon! All Noura wants to eat is watermelon despite her mother cooking the most delicious meals for her! One night watermelons take over Noura's dreams and she awakens with quite a different view of her beloved watermelons! If you loved reading,  The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli, you will definately love Watermelon Madness!
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Adorable illustrated story of what happens when one little girl rejects "normal" food in order to indulge wholly her watermelon obsession. Can't say that I blame her--watermelon is, after all, delicious--but this little book tells an important tale of how too much of a good thing is still too much.
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A story in the vein of Pinkalicious or A Bad Case of Stripes, which is to say a lesson about eating too much of one thing.  I like this version because it's not just about eating too many pink cupcakes, it's about eating too much watermelon or too much food of any kind.  Another really awesome thing about this book is that it's about a family that is different than my own!  This family is, I believe, Middle Eastern (guessing by the cuisine).  I appreciated that it could open up some conversations about other cultures, including their food, with my family.  The illustrations in this book are awesome.  My favorite is when the little girl is "trapped" inside the watermelon.
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Noura ama l'anguria. ADORA l'anguria. Non mangerebbe altro che anguria, anguria, anguria!

Non è interessata ai piatti appetitosi che le prepara la mamma, non le viene l'acquolina in bocca agli odori di cucina: vuole solo ANGURIA.

Finché una notte, dopo aver nascosto la più grossa, succulenta anguria mai vista sotto il suo letto, Noura sogna...

Un libro ironico e divertente, che attraverso una storia semplice ma efficace e illustrazioni adorabili permette di introdurre il tema della buona alimentazione con bambini di ogni età.
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