I was surprised at how much this simple story moved me. Right before Christmas, a small crocodile named Croc arrives in the city. His goal is to speak with Santa Claus the next day. At the same time, a yellow dog named Melrose has just moved into town. Both Croc and Melrose are sad and lonely --- and all the holiday hubbub is making each sadder and lonelier. But when they each go skating, they run right into each other . . .and that is the beginning of a much better Christmas for everyone because Melrose and Croc both get exactly what they wanted most: a friend.
The illustrations are bright and whimsical. The story, while not overly sweet, somehow choingggs itself right into your heart. Highly recommended.