Synopses & Reviews
Sally has a list of ten items she needs to buy. Open the flaps to see inside the shops, where unusual things are going on. Should those wild animals be upstairs in the pet shop? Will the plates fall off the wall in Mr. Cooperandrsquo;s China Shop? Can Sally find everything on her list? Children will pore over this charmingly illustrated interactive book to find out.
Each shop is depicted in Alice Melvinandrsquo;s trademark highly detailed illustrations that both evoke a previous age and yet remain strongly contemporary. Rhyming text and repetition of Sallyandrsquo;s shopping list make this book perfect for reading aloud.
Praise for Theand#160;High Streetandldquo;A satisfyingly unique ending. The inventive format and crisp retro details will put this at the top of every curious little girlandrsquo;s reading list.andrdquo;andndash;School Library Journal
"Sally, a girl who carries a shopping basket and wears a red A-line jumper, needs to pick up 10 specific items from the High Street, including a yellow rose, a bunch of grapes, and a tin kazoo. Readers can assist her in finding the objects by lifting full-page flaps that reveal the interiors of the High Street's shops. At each location, Sally walks away with one of the items from her list. At Mr Botton's bakery, there's 'no cockatoo,/ no tin kazoo,/ no Persian rug,/ no stripy jug,/ but a cherry tart!' Sally finds a Persian rug at Ms Yoshiko's antiques shop, roller skates at Mr Crispin's toyshop, and a bunch of grapes at the greengrocer's, but still no yellow rose. Scottish author and artist Melvin (Counting Birds) fills her matte pages with ornamental pen-and-ink details, paying special care to brick inlay, awnings, arches, wallpaper, and fabric patterns. Surprises are nestled within every page (a puppet show, a brass trio), with the final one being a message: the most treasured gifts of all may not always be on the list. Ages 4 8. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Swans, swallows, peacocks, geese, and starlings appear in this charming story that leads children through a spring day from dawn to dusk. Deep in the countryside, the day begins withand#160;with a solitary cockereland#8217;s crow,and#160;sunlight falling on two lovebirds in a cage, and three china ducks on a wall. Magpies, chicken, and many more familiar birds are lovingly portrayed in Alice Melvinand#8217;s intricate signature style,and#160;while a rhyming text makes this an ideal book to read aloud with children learning to count.
Often, after school, a little girl goes to her grandmotherandrsquo;s house, where everything is always the same but, then again, different. One day, she puts her coat on the hook in the hall, pours a glass of milk for herself in the kitchen, and tries to reach the cookie jar on the highest shelf in the pantry. But where is Grandma?
Children will love exploring the rooms in Grandmaandrsquo;s House, peering through its cutout pages from one room to the next and journeying high up into the foldout attic in search of Grandma. Highly detailed and intricately illustrated in Alice Melvinandrsquo;s trademark style, Grandmaandrsquo;s House is another winner from one of todayandrsquo;s shining stars of illustration.
About the Author
Alice Melvin is a highly acclaimed young artist and designer based in Edinburgh and the author and illustrator of Counting Birds and An A-Z Treasure Hunt. She has won a Booktrust Best New Illustrator Award, and Counting Birds was named a Scottish Book Trust Book of the Month.