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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Mellops Go Diving for Treasure (The)
by Tomi Ungerer
Age Range: Under_5
One day Mr Mellops finds a dusty old trunk in his attic. It contains a picture of a ship, some letters and a portrait of one of his ancestors, who had been a captain in the French Navy. The letter mentions the Island of Juan Pedro in the Caribbean and that a ship was sunk with all the crew and treasure after a battle with pirates. Mr Mellops decides to embark on a journey to discover the lost treasure. He hires a paddle steamer and buys some diving equipment for him and his sons and they set off on a perilous adventure. As usual, of course, things don’t quite go according to plan but the ingenious Mr Mellops always manages to find a solution!
Again, as with the other Mellops books there is always something for children to learn about – diving, the equipment used and what creatures they find on the ocean bed.
Maurice Sendak described Ungerer’s work as passionate and personal – “it’s marvellous and it’s cuckoo and it’s that kind of veracity that’s always made for good children’s literature” (The New York Times, Sept 2011)
This is another delightful picture book in the Mellops series, reissued by Phaidon, from the internationally acclaimed Alsace writer and illustrator Tomi Ungerer. Its retro feel will appeal to a brand new audience of children and be as popular now as when it was first published more than 50 years ago confirming that the Mellops’ really are the world’s most adventurous family of pigs.