This is an excellent book for anyone who likes to read to their children and it carries a lovely message of friendship and sharing centered around Christmas. Melrose and Croc are both new to the city. Its the day before Christmas and Croc has come to see Santa. He eagerly awaited the next day when he will see Santa at the big department store. Only he finds that he is too late and Santa has gone. Melrose was decorating his new apartment, and wishing he had a friend. Christmas needs to be shared with a friend and he finds his loneliness grows.
I loved this reading this book to my kids. They enjoyed these animals and felt for their plights. Emma Chichester Clark’s illustrations were warm and amusing and the incongruity of the cold and snowy winter scenes in the city next to the sandy palm-lined beaches added an odd and interesting touch.
Melrose and Croc: A Christmas to Remember by Emma Chichester Clark, 2005, Walker Publishing Company, NY, NY