Russell and the lost treasure by Rob Scotton is a book we picked up from out local library. The cover is a picture of a sheep with an extraordinarily long blue and white stripped hat while sitting on a treasure cheat while holding a treasure map. The cover gives and the impression it is going to be a fun and whacky book.
The story is of a sheep, which is actually quite eccentric. He does triple summersaults and when a crow turns up with a treasure map he decides to invent a machine to search for the missing treasure of Frogs bottom. After spending a day searching for treasure with his invention he throws it away. After it rolls down the hill it starts beeping at the bottom of the tree. Russell burrows through a tunnel and discovers the lost treasure. He is disappointed to discover the treasure is a camera and a few other bits and bob's. Despite his disappointment he decides to have some fun and spends the afternoon taking photos of his relatives and friend. As he settles down for the evening with his photo album he realises he has found treasure after all.
Our experience and Opinion.
This book was a book that actually got lost when we returned it home and after a clear out in my son's bedroom we discovered it and it became quite exciting as it was a lost book and his other new library books had lost their novelty. The Story does flow nicely and is an ideal length for my son who is three years old. It does only have a couple of sentences per page and the illustrations are very busy and do amplify the image of this deranged sheep. My son who does have a short concentration span and the short sentences do keep him occupied and I do think he would have managed this story from about two and a half.
This book is a little silly but I have no issues with this as my son is three and enjoy been silly. I do think it does have a nice message at the end that there are some things that are more important than material possessions. I think educationally that one page in particular is of benefit to children when he is searching for treasure it uses descriptions of looks high and low also looks over and under. These descriptions help explain these complex ideas.
My son does enjoy this book and I would certainly recommend that you pick this book up in the library however this is not a book that my son will miss when it is returned to the library however this does not mean I regret this choice simply that it is a book for my son to enjoy and then move on to other books. I have also read this story to my neighbour's four year old little girl and it held her attention throughout however her younger sister who is two got bored and walked off in search of toys to play with.The good thing about books is that different books are loved by different children.
If you do want to purchase this book it is available on Amazon for £3.72 with free super saver delivery.
ISBN no. 978-0007206254