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The High Street

by Alice Melvin

by Alice Melvin


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The High Street is the third book by celebrated British illustrator and designer Alice Melvin.

A winner of the 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award, Alice Melvin has outdone herself again with yet another charming, and quintessentially British, story.

Sally is on the High Street. She has a list of 10 items she needs to buy including a Persian rug and a stripy jug. Following Sally from the sweet shop to the florist, readers can open the flaps of the book to see what’s going on inside each of the shops she visits. Should those wild animals be upstairs in the pet shop? Will the plates fall off the wall in Mr Kumar’s China Shop? Can Sally find everything on her list? The combination of Alice Melvin’s charming illustrations and delightful rhyming verses ensure The High Street is destined to be a children’s classic.

Alice Melvin is a highly acclaimed young illustrator and designer based in Edinburgh. The author and illustrator of Counting Birds and An A-Z Treasure Hunt, Alice was a winner of the 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award which celebrates rising talent in the field of illustration.

  • Author Alice Melvin
  • Artist Alice Melvin
  • Pages 52 pages including 20 gatefolds
  • Number of illustrations 34 colour illustrations
  • Dimensions 265 x 176 mm
  • Publisher Tate Publishing
  • Hardback yes
  • ISBN No. 978 1 85437 943 6

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  • Rated 5 out of 5

    The sweet illustrations and engrossing rhyming text, will make this a favourite.

    Alex and Alexa

  • Rated 5 out of 5

    Snap up a copy of this book now – it will undoubtedly become a classic … There is so much to love about this book – the throw-out pages that you ‘open’ as Sally enters the various shops, the sweet rhyming text and of course Melvin’s stunning, sumptuously detailed illustrations. ... There’s so much to look at in each store that children will pore over this book again and again.


  • Rated 5 out of 5

    [C]harming ... Melvin’s drawings have a strangely vintage style and beautifully tonal colours. Children are sure to adore exploring underneath the flaps in the exquisitely depicted shops. One to mark for the Christmas lists.

    Bambino Goodies

  • Rated 5 out of 5

    A charming, peculiarly English book that seems destined to be cherished by young readers everywhere.


  • Rated 5 out of 5

    Beautiful … notable for its high production values and delightfully old- fashioned, nostalgic feel … Children will enjoy poring over all the details in the pictures, and Alice's vintage-style aesthetic will appeal to readers of all ages, but this book is also a great tribute to the pleasures of shopping on the local high street, and the charm of independent shops.

    Follow the Yellow Brick Road

  • Rated 5 out of 5

    The combination of Alice Melvin's charming illustrations and delightful rhyming verses ensure The High Street is destined to be a children's classic.


  • Rated 5 out of 5

    This is the High Street as it should be - full of individual and quirky shops - a real delight.

    Parents in Touch

  • Rated 5 out of 5

    In this Scottish cumulative tale, Sally wanders along High Street as she tries to check off items from her shopping list. Each storefront folds out to reveal a fascinating array of merchandise within, begging readers to pore over the delicious details … The cross sections of each shop will intrigue young readers while the rhyme scheme will help them gain confidence when they correctly guess what Sally finds next. After she fails to find her last item, she “trudges home on heavy, aching feet, towards the public gardens on the corner of the street….” What she discovers there gives this tale a satisfyingly unique ending. The inventive format and crisp retro details will put this at the top of every curious little girl’s reading list.

    School Library Journal

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