The High Street by Alice Melvin

The High Street

Written by Alice Melvin
Illustrated by Alice Melvin

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The combination of Alice Melvin's charming illustrations and delightful rhyming verses ensure The High Street is destined to be a children's classic. It's the third book by celebrated British illustrator and designer Alice Melvin who was also winner of the 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award. Each shop is depicted through this charming story in Alice Melvin's trademark, highly detailed illustrations that hark back to a previous age, remain strongly contemporary but are quintessentially British. Melvin's Counting Birds is also perfect for this audience. ~ Julia Eccleshare


The High Street by Alice Melvin

Sally has a list of 10 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 Cooper's China Shop? And can Sally find everything on her list?

About the Author

Alice Melvin

Alice Melvin is a highly acclaimed young artist and designer based in Edinburgh. Born in 1982, Alice grew up in the seaside town of Saltburn in the north east of England. After completing a Foundation Course at Cleveland College of Art and Design, she went on to study an illustration degree at Edinburgh College of Art graduating with first class honours in June 2004, and receiving the Andrew Grant Bequest for outstanding work in illustration.

Since graduating in 2004, Melvin has based herself in Edinburgh working as a book artist, illustrator and designer, receiving numerous awards for her innovative work. Her first book, An A to Z Treasure Hunt, was published by Tate Publishing in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Best New Illustrators award in 2008, as well as being the only entry for Great Britain to be selected for the prestigious Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrator’s Exhibition in that year. Her second book, Counting Birds (Tate Publishing 2009), was a Scottish Booktrust Book of the Month and gained the Critics' Choice recognition in the Association of Illustrators Images 34 exhibition. In 2011, Alice was named one of that year's Booktrust Best New Illustrators.

Working as a freelance illustrator Alice designs for a wide range of clients, as well as producing her own stationery range. In 2009 she was invited to exhibit and promote her work in Osaka, Japan, at the annual Hankyu British Fair.

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52 pages


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Tate Publishing

Publication date

4th August 2011




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