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A TREASURE'S TROVE: Puzzle Book Companion

Author: Michael Stadther

Illustrator: Michael Stadther

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Publisher: Treasure Trove, Inc.,

Material: paperback

Summary: There is a real treasure. It is wrapped in this fairy tale, complete with clues. This is a book for interactive reading.

Type of Reading: independent reading, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 13; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 5.1

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a clever concept. By emphasizing the "fairy tale" and "treasure" the author is likely to draw in more readers. Although I love puzzle stories, I found this one tedious. I tend to like polished prose, and it is hard to tell what needs to be edited and what was a clue.

Pros: Children will enjoy the opportunity to "outwit" the author, uncover all the clues, and hunt for treasure.

Cons: There is fine print, both about places you can't hunt for treasure (such as Maryland) and the author's right to withhold the treasure.

Borrow or Buy: Skip it. This is a great concept, but could use more polish.

If You Liked This Book, Try: 100 PUZZLES, CLUES, MAPS, TANTALIZING TALES, AND STORIES OF REAL TREASURE; A PICTURE BOOK COMPANION   BLACKBERRY BANQUET   SWORD QUEST (Usborne Fantazy Puzzle Books)

Educational Themes: By drawing out clues and connecting points of information, kids can build their discerning and problem-solving skills.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - adventure, guidebook, puzzles, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2008




                 

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