The Treasure Thief by Béatrice Rodriguez
Size: 150 x 260mm landscape ISBN 978-1-877467-84-4 hardback. Published by Gecko Press 2 September 2011.
It is always a happy day to receive a book from Gecko Press in the post, but this is one I have looked forward to all year. Featuring the same characters as much-loved The Chicken Thief it is another wordless adventure through all kinds of captivating landscapes, night and day.
Like The Chicken Thief it makes good use of light and shadow to create mood and to really capture the drama of the events taking place, and of drama there is plenty. A homeward-bound sea voyage finds Rooster, Hare, and Bear washed up on a deserted island where Rooster discovers a mysterious white orb. Instantly absorbed by his new-found treasure, Rooster becomes possessed by the orb. In his determination to get it all the way home he becomes oblivious to his faithful companions and to the perils of the journey.
Following Rooster, Hare and Bear battle their way through threatening caves, toxic toadstools, piranha infested waters, and are hounded by bats. They make it home to see Rooster trip on a stray rock, sending his precious orb crashing to the ground. What Rooster finds inside the orb is something more precious than he ever could have imagined.
The narrative ends with a most satisfying conclusion and a serene and comforting scene that reassures the reader that the treasure was a treasure indeed.
Like all Gecko Press publications the print quality and binding is outstanding; the unusual format makes it even more special. This is one for all ages, from pre-schoolers to adults. There is much to discuss when sharing with children, and plenty of subtleties to make re-reading a pleasure. It's delightful!
Pick up a copy of The Treasure Thief or The Chicken Thief at the Gecko Press website. Read Kitty as a Picture's review of Béatrice Rodriguez's The Chicken Thief here.
About Béatrice Rodriguez