Sunday, October 25, 2009

Adventures of Meno: Book One Big Fun! by Tony & Angela DiTerlizzi



Tony DiTerlizzi is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Spiderwick Chronicles, Kenny & the Dragon, and the 2003 Caldecott Honor Book The Spider and the Fly. He is also a #1 husband and father. Here he teams with wife and partner in publishing, Angela, to inject the standard sweetness of books for tots with a family-friendly dose of BIG FUN!

I will admit right off the bat that I was interested in the Meno series because of the illustration. It's beyond cute and I loved the retro feel to it, it stuck with me since I first laid eyes on the cover. The cover even brags that it is "Presented in vibrant Meno-Color!" and Meno is an "elf of space" really this cannot go wrong in my book.

What I wasn't expecting was a rather hilariously written story, while it has very few words or pages it sure is memorable. Though I don't think it would do much for children learning to read, it is bright and colorful and has a humor that I think kids and adults alike can enjoy. When we are introduced to Yamagoo, the other character in this first book in the Meno series I definitely laughed. Yamagoo could have been anyone or anything and he was the perfect companion for the silly Meno. The one thing I had hoped for was more, more illustrations, more pages, and more adventures. Luckily this is only the beginning of Meno's adventures!

Overall Big Fun! (Adventure of Meno), it was humorous, excellently drawn, and the start to a great children's book series! I will definitely be watching for the next several books in the series!

Adventures of Meno Book One Big Fun! was released on October 6th
Genre: Childrens
4/5 Stars
Review copy provided by Amazon Vine

Planet Meno Website (really cute and includes wallpapers and coloring pages!)


  1. I love that cover illustration! With 4 stars from you - l will have to read it now.

  2. I love the cover too and agree it has a great retro feel to it.

  3. Maureen12:24 AM

    I don't know what it is with retro, but it sure does make you want to peek inside. Maybe it reminds us of the book illustrations from our own childhood?
    Tony DiTerlizzi is an inspiring author, I can't wait to read his latest.


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