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Monday 24 June 2019

Review: The Way To Treasure Island

A beautiful story of adventure, humour and love between a father and daughter from Lizzy Stewart, author of the award-winning There’s a Tiger in the Garden.

In The Way to Treasure Island, Matilda and her dad go on an imaginative journey following a map in search of treasure. Their adventure fills with beauty, surprises and discovery; along the way, they don’t always agree and their relationship is tested. Finding the treasure isn’t as easy as they’d imagined, but something spectacular prevails.

Relatable, cheeky and funny, I love how the story explores the father-daughter relationship with a little role reversal from the usual. Dad is messy and easily distracted while Matilda is tidy and focused, this made my 5-year-old and I laugh out loud as I’m sure it will for others.

The illustrations are stunning, featuring lots of greens, contrasting colours and textures in mixed media creating depth and beauty. From a beach to a far-away island, gorgeous plant life and flora convey a happy but calming vibe, setting the scene and working in seamless unity with the text.

With a gorgeous fabric cover, 40 thick pages of wholesome story and stunning mixed media illustrations, this is a book to be loved, treasured and read time and time again. And of course, like any great treasure story, it may inspire you to make a treasure map and go on your very own adventure!

Title: The Way To Treasure Island
Author/Illustrator: Lizzy Stewart
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 June 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9781786030245
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book