Melia and Jo Book
Melia and Jo Book
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Melia and Jo

Written and illustrated by Billy Aronson, Jennifer Oxley

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcour


Publisher's Summary

Melia is scientific and loves to create things in her backyard laboratory, but something is missing. Her inventions just aren’t quite right. Enter Jo, her new friend with an artistic spirit. When you add the arts to sciences, something magical happens! This whimsically illustrated picture book is the perfect introduction to the benefits of STEAM-focused curriculum.

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  • Age Range: 4-7
  • Pages: 48
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: August 21, 2018
  • ISBN: 132891626X
  • ISBN 13: 978-1328916266
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Art and science, dancing and inventions combine in this cute story about friendship that quickly develops in place of some initial frustration following the well-known adage that two heads are better than one. The illustrations are cute, spunky and a little child-like and perfectly complement the creative nature of the story.

author & illustrator
Billy Aronson

Billy Aronson's work in the theater includes the original concept/additional lyrics for the Broadway musical Rent. His plays have been published in 6 volumes of Best American Short Plays, and collected in Funny Shorts. TV writing credits include The Wonder Pets, Beavis and Butt-head, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. With artist Jennifer Oxley he created the PBS Kids show Peg + Cat, which has won Emmy Awards for music, design, writing, acting, and Best Animated Preschool Show. With wife Lisa Vogel he created their animated offspring Jake and Anna.

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Billy Aronson
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Jennifer Oxley

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Jennifer Oxley

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