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Author: Pam Stone

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Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2012

Material: paperback

Summary: Twins Wally and Wagner Winkie were so excited to be invited to the Montgomery boys' watermelon party. What they saw when they arrived did not disappoint them. The tables were pile high with watermelon slices. But the watermelon wasn't for eating, it was for throwing. This was a contest where the "best arm with the best aim" would win bragging rights. This children's picture book combines baseball and a favorite summer food into a story for boys.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book,

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 7

Age of Child: Read by an 11-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child thought it was amazing that the kids could throw watermelon, hit someone's house, and not get in trouble. The story was fun, but one read was enough.

Adult Reader Reaction: I have mixed feelings about the story. Like my daughter, I was a bit surprised at the events and how they unfolded. One of the key points of the story was that the hosts had won every year AND they did it by cheating. Even though the cheaters don't win, how the information is presented was unsettling. I didn't like that.

Pros: Boys - in particular baseball fans - will enjoy this story about a throwing contest.

Cons: This is a story for a bit older reader (7 to 9). The characters' names, though sound more suitable for preschoolers.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The story has a valuable life lesson and can open a door for you to talk about social skills.


Educational Themes: There are several things that you can share about this story. 1. How to behave at a party (including cleanup, which was part of the story). 2. Cheating at games. 3. Friendship.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book as part of our Author Showcase. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, baseball, sports, life lessons, family

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2013, January 2014

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found; see reader feedback at


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