Melrose and Croc: A Christmas to Remember

Melrose and Croc: A Christmas to Remember

by Emma Chichester Clark
     
 

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It's Christmas Eve, and both Melrose and Croc are all alone in the city. They dream of a wonderful Christmas but feel sad when there is no one to share it with. It might have been their loneliest holiday ever, if not for a collision with fate. Could this be the beginning of a magical Christmas, and the start of a cherished friendship? See more details below

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It's Christmas Eve, and both Melrose and Croc are all alone in the city. They dream of a wonderful Christmas but feel sad when there is no one to share it with. It might have been their loneliest holiday ever, if not for a collision with fate. Could this be the beginning of a magical Christmas, and the start of a cherished friendship?

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Publishers Weekly
Christmas just isn't Christmas without someone to share it with. At least that's how Melrose the dog feels. Croc, a crocodile visiting the city for the first time and looking for Yuletide magic, feels the same. As fate would have it, Melrose and Croc literally bump into each other in a very festive setting, striking up a friendship that makes their holiday sparkle. Clark's (the Blue Kangaroo books) sweet tale and gently humorous, heart-tugging paintings reach out to readers like a holiday hug. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A little green crocodile arrives in the city on Christmas Eve to visit Santa at a department store; alas, the jolly old man is no longer there. Meanwhile, a little yellow dog named Melrose is new in town and depressed because he is all alone. Luckily, they find one another and spend a fine Christmas together. There isn't much plot here, and the scenes are somewhat disjointed, but the artist's watercolor illustrations carry the day. The sweet-looking animals wandering about a snowy, joyous city that's bustling with holiday activity will strike a chord with children, who will instantly guess that Croc and Melrose are meant to become friends.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The creator of the Blue Kangaroo series here offers a pair of anthropomorphic animals who have the star power to carry a series of their own. A little green crocodile has arrived in a big city at Christmastime, hoping to see Santa Claus at the big department store. Croc is all alone and vulnerable, carrying his small suitcase through the snow and waiting for morning on a park bench. At the same time in the same city, Melrose the golden retriever, a dog of considerable means, is trying to get settled in his new apartment, but he can't get into the holiday spirit by himself. Both Melrose and Croc grow more depressed as Christmas approaches, but in a fortuitous coincidence, they crash into each other at a skating rink and quickly become friends just in time for a happy Christmas celebration together. The spare but satisfying text is a fine complement to the cheery, oversized illustrations with a retro, '50s look. Melrose seems like a fine fellow, but little Croc is such a dear that you want to wipe away his tears and give him a hug. (Picture book. 3-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802795984
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.43(w) x 10.83(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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