Thursday, August 16, 2018

"Treasure Hunt House: Lift the Flaps and Solve the Clues" by Becca Stadtlander and Kate Davies (Lincoln Children's Books)

Hidden object apps on mobile phones and tablets are nothing new...
Yet we're always far more excited to see books that pull off the same visual trick of putting tons and tons of detail into each page spread, inviting observant littlies to pick up on all the clues and solve puzzles.

"Treasure Hunt House" by Becca Stadtlander and Kate Davies adds another neat trick into the mix - using 'lift the flaps' (by far C's favourite book mechanic) to enhance the book's theme and provide even more interaction.

The book's story begins as two children receive an invitation from their Great-aunt Martha to visit her incredible house. 

She sets them a treasure hunt to solve as they explore the rooms.

Readers will follow their quest and lift more than 50 flaps to solve the riddles on every page as they join in on the treasure hunt, learning about famous historical and cultural objects as they go. 

Even better still, Auntie's house isn't just a random hotch-potch collection of objects. Kids will love learning the history of the objects. 

They will find out about instruments in the music room, the history of jeans in the bedroom, see a velociraptor skeleton in the Cabinet of Curiosities and Shakespeare's plays in the library. 

Given that we love visiting National Trust houses for this type of thing, we loved a book that perfectly captures the excitement of solving riddles and puzzles with a visual feast for the eyes, and a ton of interactive fun that doesn't require a tablet, games console or phone. 

Awesome stuff. 

"Treasure Hunt House" by Becca Stadtlander and Kate Davies is out now, published by Lincoln Children's Books (kindly supplied for review). 

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