Melrose and Croc: An Adventure to Remember

Melrose and Croc: An Adventure to Remember

by Emma Chichester Clark
     
 

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Melrose has planned a wonderful birthday for his best friend, Croc: a vacation at a villa right by the ocean! Melrose wants everything to be perfect, especially the gift, so he decides to take a boat out on the sea to catch Croc a birthday fish. But when a blustery storm rolls in, Melrose is in danger. It's up to his loyal friend Croc to come to the rescue—

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Melrose has planned a wonderful birthday for his best friend, Croc: a vacation at a villa right by the ocean! Melrose wants everything to be perfect, especially the gift, so he decides to take a boat out on the sea to catch Croc a birthday fish. But when a blustery storm rolls in, Melrose is in danger. It's up to his loyal friend Croc to come to the rescue—but can he get there in time?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
"This is going to be your best birthday ever!" Melrose says to his best friend, Croc. The birthday is to be spent in a villa by the sea and there is a table full of gifts as well. Melrose dashes out to get one more surprise. He rents a boat and rows out to sea, hoping to catch a fish to give to Croc for breakfast. Meanwhile Croc picks flowers from the garden and sets the table. Then he starts to worry because his friend has been gone so long. And Melrose is in trouble. He failed to notice the big storm heading in and before long the wind and rain are tossing the little boat in the wild waves of the sea. Croc rushes to the lifeguard station and urges the men to save his friend. Croc accompanies them on a dramatic sea rescue mission and proves himself a hero. The birthday celebration is even better than they had hoped and it ends with an even deeper appreciation of their friendship and a fireworks display high in the sky over the calm sea. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

It is Croc's birthday, so Melrose the dog borrows a boat and sets out to catch a fine fish for his pal. But he gets swept up in a terrible storm at sea. Not to worry; Croc comes gallantly to his rescue, and the two dear friends get to enjoy a happy birthday after all. This simple story, set in a European seaside village, celebrates two caring individuals who think only of one another. Its gentle, affectionate message and expressive illustrations are a wonderful, reassuring way to lull any child into a peaceful sleep in which all is right with the world.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC

Kirkus Reviews
A sudden storm brings danger to Melrose and Croc on their idyllic vacation. Melrose, a mustard-yellow dog, sits behind the wheel of a bright red roadster as he and pal Croc(odile) pull up to the entrance of a French seaside villa. Melrose plans a birthday full of surprises for his best friend, beginning with a freshly caught fish. But once he's out in a rented rowboat, the sky turns black and a heavy rain begins. While Croc prepares a beautiful table for their dinner, Melrose is caught up in a dangerous storm. Intuition clues Croc into the danger; he and a boatload of lifeguards brave the choppy waters and effect a daring rescue, leading to Croc's concluding declaration that this was his most exciting birthday ever. With her heroes on two legs, Chichester Clark's whimsy borders on camp. Both the text and the soft-focus illustrations are substantial, however, and her message is unequivocally heartwarming. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802797742
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.38(w) x 10.54(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Emma Chichester Clark grew up in Ireland, drawing just about as soon as she could hold a pencil. Later she studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College in England, where she was taught by Quentin Blake. She has written and illustrated numerous award-winning children's books, including Walker's Melrose and Croc: A Christmas to Remember and the popular Blue Kangaroo series. I Love You, Blue Kangaroo! was awarded the Christopher Medal. Emma lives in England.

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