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A Treasure's Trove

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Mediocre story with brilliant marketing.

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Stadther has considerable talent, and this is clearly a labor of love; but the story is stock and predictable, the characters are trite, and the paintings are garish and awkward. That's not to say your kids won't enjoy it, though they may be disappointed that the treasures have all been found. Notably, hardly any children were involved in finding the treasures.

Michael Stadther had been obsessed since childhood with treasure hunts, so he decided to write and illustrate a book with clues to hidden treasures. When he couldn't find a publisher willing to bite, he published it himself and taught those snooty publishers an important lesson: With the right marketing, even mediocre fluff like this can hit the bestseller lists. There's nothing really wrong with A TREASURE'S TROVE, and nothing really objectionable either. It's just not very good.

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