Go to Town (Melrose and Croc Series)

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Melrose and Croc are two irresistible new characters from the creator of the popular Blue Kangaroo series, Emma Chichester Clark.

Our endearing duo are thrilled to be taking an exciting trip to town. Little Green Croc just can?t wait to rush off into the bright lights and bustle of the city, but the slightly more worldly-wise Melrose advises caution ? the crowds are big and Croc is a very small crocodile, and if they are not careful, he might ...

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Overview

Melrose and Croc are two irresistible new characters from the creator of the popular Blue Kangaroo series, Emma Chichester Clark.

Our endearing duo are thrilled to be taking an exciting trip to town. Little Green Croc just can’t wait to rush off into the bright lights and bustle of the city, but the slightly more worldly-wise Melrose advises caution – the crowds are big and Croc is a very small crocodile, and if they are not careful, he might end up…LOST! Thankfully the friends are reunited for a happy ending.

This entertaining urban adventure for the loveable pair is sure to amuse children and parents alike, and shows the dazzling potential of the Melrose and Croc series.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for ‘Melrose and Croc’:

‘Graceful illustrations, limited text and an important message make this a valuable addition to any busy toddler's library.’ Babyexpert.com, Prima Baby online

'Full of bright detail, this is a picture book young readers could well dream about as being the next best thing to entering its pages.' The Independent

'Two irresistible new characters from the creator of the popular Blue Kangaroo series.' Winter edition, Primary Times

'A heart-warming tale of how friendships begin… This book is a wonderful tactile experience, from the shimmery glittery cover… to the gentle watercolours inside, which are printed on the creamiest of papers.' The Irish Times

'It delights children but adults will appreciate the period evocation of the festive-season cities and the off-season seaside.' The Sunday Times

'Incredibly touching story.' Primary Times

'Gorgeous Christmassy story about friendship.' Angels and Urchins

'You don't have to get too sentimental to find something special…The light in the illustrations makes this book all the more magical.' Junior

'A beautifully illustrated and heart-warming tale.' Family Interest Magazine

'This author/illustrator goes from strength to strength… Mouth-watering illustrations, ideal text, two mightily engaging characters – altogether the star on top of the tree.' Carousel

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
It is a lovely day for shopping. Little Green Croc grabs a handbag and coaxes Melrose to come along. Melrose agrees, but reminds Croc that they must stick together or they will get lost. Croc bounces around on the bus ride and dashes into the crowd when the bus stops. Croc zips down a sidewalk and into a store, ignoring Melrose's constant reminders about the dangers of getting lost. Sure, enough, when Croc pauses to look around, Melrose is nowhere in sight. "Help! I'm lost!" he screams. Of course, Melrose finds him and the friends are shown enjoying a soda together in the last scene. A nice story of friendship with a cautionary message about being careful in a large city. It seems rather unlikely that a green crocodile and a yellow dog walking down the street with handbags would go unnoticed. All the other characters are portrayed as humans. It is, nevertheless, a fun story for preschoolers. "Melrose and Croc" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Melrose the dog and his crocodile buddy are inseparable. In Beside the Sea, Croc is in a grouchy mood and his friend tries to cheer him up with a guessing game that leads them to the beach. Melrose is down in the dumps in Find a Smile, and this time Croc lifts his spirits by taking him to the countryside. After a day of hopping over streams and playing in the flowers, all worries are forgotten. In Friends for Life, the two reflect upon each other's best (and worst) qualities and conclude, "I like us just the way we are." When they set off on a shopping trip in Go to Town, they vow to stick together, but Croc gets lost and then found at the mall. Clark's winsome watercolor illustrations show the pals in a variety of settings, from bustling British streetscapes to the seaside. The simple, elegant texts gently relate slice-of-life adventures.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007182435
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Melrose and Croc Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,255,396
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Emma studied art at the Royal College of Art. She has worked as a freelancer for magazines, publishers and advertising agencies as well as teaching art for several years, but now dedicates most of her time to children’s books.

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