The Mellops Go Diving for Treasure

Tomi Ungerer


The most adventurous family of pigs…

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The Mellops are off adventuring again after Mr Mellop finds a dusty old trunk in the attic containing some pictures, papers and letters. One of the letters is from an ancestor who had been in the French Navy and wrote to his wife about an enemy ship they had sunk, handily leaving co-ordinate details whilst lamenting the loss of the ship’s treasure to the bottom of the sea. Of course Mr Mellop can’t ignore an opportunity to take his sons on an adventure… Along the way they meet a Merpig who plays beautiful music and a dangerous Octopus who is guarding the treasure, their ship sinks, they get stranded on a dessert island, are rescued and make it home in time for mother’s splendid cream cake. Phew.

Tomi Ungerer created this family of pigs more than fifty years ago and they became instant bestsellers. Thankfully Phaidon have reissued them for a new generation of children to delight in their fanciful tales.

Tomi Ungerer was awarded the Hans Christian Anderson Award in 1998 for illustration. The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books.





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