Book Review – Melrose and Croc – A Hero’s Birthday

Melrose and Croc – A Hero’s Birthday by Emma Chichester Clark

This was my first time reading a Melrose and Croc adventure and I have to say, I was impressed. These two characters are adorable! This is the sixth book about Melrose and Croc, and this one definitely made me keen to pick up the other ones – and anything else by Emma Chichester Clark.

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Review – Magic Beach

Magic beach written and illustrated by Alison Lester, published by Allen and Unwin.


I was gifted this book as part of a baby present from a family friend and hadn’t actually read it before – despite that fact it was first published in 1990 and is a well known Australian classic. Now it is one of my go to picture books for bed time readings. It is a beautiful whimsical story that will charm young readers and children.

Everyone has been to a magical beach, somewhere that is special to you. I found this book particularly nostalgic as it reminded me of my own childhood with endless summers spent at the beach. It is a rhyming book with wonderful words that give the reader a sense of melancholy. It is great for medium readers, as well as little ones that will be enthralled by the magical beach. It is also brilliantly imaginative – with every second page being a fabled possibility that will encourage kids own creativity.

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