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A Hero's Birthday (Melrose and Croc)


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Melrose and Croc return in style in this beautiful picture book adventure, full of tension and drama, from the internationally renowned, award-winning author-illustrator Emma Chichester Clark. Melrose has planned a wonderful birthday for his great friend Croc: a stay at a villa by the sea, a wonderful tea and a lovely surprise. As Melrose goes out to get everything ready, Croc sits and waits, and waits. Wherever can Croc be? Finally, Croc discovers that his friend is in danger, but will he reach him in time to save him? Key title / Emma Chichester Clark is one of the best-loved children's book illustrators in the UK, best known for her outstanding Blue Kangaroo series. / Emma's titles have sold nearly 80,000 units (Bookscan). / Emma won the Mother Goose Award in 1988 and 'I Love You, Blue Kangaroo' was short listed for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. / Combining wonderfully fresh and bright illustrations with charming stories, the Melrose and Croc growing series is guaranteed to delight grandparents, parents and children alike.

About the Author

Emma Chichester Clark studied 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.


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

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