A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
Creatures, including a main character, are turned to crystal.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some passionate kisses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that young, sensitive readers may be bothered by the apparent death of a cute main character (though it turns out not to be true). There's also an odd (for a picture book) reference to a "warm, slow" kiss.
Is It Any Good?
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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