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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
The picture book Nutty and the Treasure Map: Gary the Garbage Can’s 2nd Adventure! written by Jim Bayer and beautifully illustrated by Anna Murfield opens with a picture map of Hickory Nut Hollow, but of course it doesn’t pinpoint the treasure. Nutty Squirrel finds that map when he’s spring cleaning his tree, and he shows it to his friends, Gary the Garbage Can and Smitty the Goat. Gary’s idea of treasure is a hoard of gold and jewels, but will the clumsy, excitable goat hinder or help in the search, and is he right that the treasure will make them all rich beyond their wildest dreams? Can Nutty Squirrel’s wise feathered friend, Corny, help them find out which X marks the right spot for the three friends to dig, or is he too busy in his Wacky Workshop?
Jim Bayer has written a wonderful story for 5 to 10-year-old young readers. It has all the ingredients required of the very best mystery – a hidden map, treasure that isn’t treasure this time... or next... or next – all in an easy-to-read font that isn’t joined up, which the youngest children can follow when the story is read to them, while the vocabulary is well within the capabilities of 7-year-olds and up. Best of all, it informs – I had no idea squirrels ate such a wide variety of food! – and there is a subtle message: a day spent with friends is the best treasure of all. Nutty and the Treasure Map is an ideal gift for the youngsters in your life, and would be a worthwhile addition to any school library.