The Mellops Go Spelunking by Tomi Ungerer / ISBN 9780714869711 / 32-page hardcover reprint from Phaidon Press
"If you look at the work of Tomi Ungerer, it's passionate, it's personal, it's marvellous and it's cuckoo, and it's that kind of variety that's always made for good children's literature."―Maurice Sendak, The New York Times, on Tomi Ungerer
A hilarious underground adventure starring the world's most adventurous family of pigs.
When Mr. Mellops' golf ball rolls down a crevice, the family's natural response is to prepare a spelunking (cave exploring) expedition! Down the crevice they go, with their steel helmets and rope ladder. Then, on a rubber raft they follow the underground river at the bottom of the crevice. Stalactites and stalagmites abound, and cave paintings and other remnants of the past are everywhere. Suddenly the raft is punctured, and the Mellops swim to safety – only to find themselves in a smugglers' den. In an exciting turn of events, the clever pigs combine their archaeological explorations with the ingenious capture of these outlaws. A timeless favourite!
Instant bestsellers when first published more than fifty years ago, the hilarious Mellops talks are reissued today to delight a new generation of children.
Beautifully written and illustrated by the internationally acclaimed author and illustrator, Tomi Ungerer, winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award for children's literature.
"Delightful... With their old–fashioned charm, timeless storytelling, and irresistible humor, the books are destined to win over new generation of readers."―School Library Journal, on Tomi Ungerer