Treasure Hunt (paperback)

Stephanie Wildman

Written by Stephanie Wildman
Illustrated by Estefanía Razo

In this light-hearted story, twins Flor and Roberto scamper through their house, hunting for treasure hidden by big brother, Luis. Can these everyday objects really be treasures that offer more fun than video games or TV? Join Flor and Roberto on their search and discover what fun Luis creates with a gigantic cardboard box.

“Protecting the environment has always been a priority for me so this wonderful story is very special. It shows how children can enjoy doing something to actually make a difference!”—Hon. Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senate (ret.)

Paperback
Ages 3-8, 11″x8.5″

Reviews

  1. Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers’ Favorite

    Treasure Hunt by Stephanie Wildman is a fun and adventurous picture book for young children. One day, Luis notices a delivery man outside taking away some cardboard boxes. He politely asks if he could have one of them. Luis waits patiently for his younger twin siblings, Roberto and Flor, to arrive home. Instead of the same old activities such as watching TV or playing video games, Luis presents them with a treasure hunt. The two search the house for clues until finally finding the last one that leads them to their ultimate treasure. What does Luis have in store for Roberto and Flor?

    Treasure Hunt was an enjoyable book to read. Children are going to love this adventure by the talented Stephanie Wildman. The book is full of mystery and intrigue from start to finish, as the main characters go on a treasure hunt. This is the perfect storyline for young readers because what child doesn’t love a treasure hunt? I have fond memories of going on treasure hunts as a child and I’m so glad that authors are keeping the tradition alive. I feel the story will help parents get their children away from their phones and computers, as it could inspire them to create treasure hunts. The illustrations by Estefania Razo are bright and colorful, and will undoubtedly attract the young reader’s attention. I hope to see more from Stephanie soon.

  2. Reviewed by Chapter Break Book Blog

    Treasure Hunt is such a cute book. There is so much to enjoy, so let’s get into it.

    I loved the siblings working together to have fun. The older brother did an amazing job of creating a fun after-school activity for his younger twin siblings. I loved that – let’s not just play video games or watch TV – there is other fun to be had!

    I also loved the creativity of the treasure hunt; there were clues and steps to find each next clue. Who doesn’t love that? There’s even a page in the book showing you how to make your own puppets!

    I just wish there were more pages to show more about the kids’ puppet show and who the audience is. The book was a bit on the short side.

    What’s also great is the book includes reusing something rather than trashing it. Great for our world!

    The illustrations were lovely, and I especially loved all the expressions on the kid’s faces. Very well done. As part of Multicultural Children’s Book Month, this is a diverse read with lovely characters. I especially loved the name Flor for one of the kiddos. What a lovely name!

    I read this again with my son and he said he liked it a lot.

  3. Reviewed by Ronna Mandel

    I remember creating a treasure hunt for my daughter’s birthday party one year. We lived on a cul-de-sac so I scattered clues close by to get the kids out of the house. The look on the children’s faces, as they set off in search of the unknown, made all the effort worthwhile. Now parents can share the excitement with Stephanie Wildman’s latest picture book, Treasure Hunt, illustrated by Estefania Razo. A Spanish language version is also available with a translation by Cecilia Pópulus-Eudave.
    When twins Flor and Roberto come home from school, older brother Luis shares an idea that will get his siblings off the sofa and away from technology. A delivery man has left Luis a big cardboard box that will come in handy for Luis’s surprise.

    Treasure Hunt is a simple story of how fewer high-tech games and more creative play can be rewarding with its promise of rich interaction. Luis proposes a treasure hunt and offers the first clue. “I’m round and hollow. I’m usually trash. I don’t belong in the kitchen, where you will find two of me.”

    After combing the kitchen the team of twins heads to the bedroom and then the living to continue searching for clues two and three. At first, the things they find leave them perplexed. Empty toilet paper rolls, yarn, and buttons. But Flor figures it out and I hope your kids will too. Using the empty carton as a stage, the children make puppets with items from the treasure hunt and then put on a puppet show for neighborhood friends.

    The back matter includes easy instructions from Wildman on how to craft the puppets with adult supervision (for scissors) so everyone can get involved in preparing the puppet show. Families can even use the same clues for their own treasure hunt and seek other puppet-making ideas on the internet. Treasure Hunt provides the perfect activity to occupy and entertain children this summer or anytime. Estefania Razo’s digital art adds a light-hearted quality to the prose. Illustrations depict the siblings’ pleasure and move the story forward as Luis’s treasure hunt leads to an afternoon of sheer delight for everyone.

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