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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition first Printing edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060598514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060598518
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 Russell, the fluffed-out sheep with the impossibly long, striped wool hat attempts to discover the Lost Treasure of Frogsbottom. After inventing a Super-Duper Treasure Seeker, he searches high and low until he stumbles upon the buried chest down a long and winding hole. Once the box is opened, Russell is dismayed to find that it contains only old and useless stuff, including a camera that's older than my dad! But the camera works, and soon Russell is taking joyous snapshots of his extended family. In the conclusion, which might make more sense to adults than kids, Russell peruses these photos in an album and he decides that they are the real treasure. As in Russell the Sheep (HarperCollins, 2005), the art is done in muted blues, grays, and greens that contain small touches of humor for discerning readers. While not as strong a premise as in the original book, fans of Russell will welcome his return. Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
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PreS-Gr. 2. In this sequel to Russell the Sheep (2005), the sheep in the long, knitted nightcap happens upon a treasure map. After inventing an odd, mechanical treasure-seeking device, he searches high, low, in, out, over, under, left, and right before discovering a treasure chest filled with a disappointing lode of apparent junk. But the old camera he finds inspires him to snap pictures of his relatives and friends, and the photo album he creates becomes his unexpected fortune. The artwork features dynamic paintings of Russell and the other denizens of Frogsbottom engaged in bits of comic byplay, and the muted colors darken as night falls, adding a classic bedtime-book look. Instantly recognizable, and lovable in his wholehearted approach to whatever he undertakes, Russell is childlike in the best sense. Children will enjoy his exaggerated antics and expressions, as well as the final affirmation that his album of family and friends is the "best treasure ever." Carolyn Phelan
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More About the Author

Rob Scotton is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Russell the Sheep and Russell and the Lost Treasure. His work can also be found on greeting cards, ceramics, textiles, prints, stationery, and glassware. An honors graduate of Leicester Polytechnic, Rob now lives in Rutland, England, with his wife, Liz, who is also an artist.

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Marvelous illustrations, heart-warming story.
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What I like about the Russell series is the little lesson for the kids, in each story.
Astro Girl
This book INSTANTLY became my newly turned 2 year old boy favorite book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I wouldn't bring this up, but has it occurred to anyone else that the American picture book market is currently undergoing a virtual flood of high-quality British manuscripts? Consider the facts of the matter. Just last year we had Rob Scotton's nicely droll and shockingly well-publicized, "Russell the Sheep". This year there is yet another book (in addition to fellow British imports, "I'm Not Cute" by Jonathan Allen and "The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon" by Mini Grey) added to the Russell oevre: "Russell and the Lost Treasure". It's hard to resist. Kids like-a the treasure. I think that's where half of the fascination with pirates comes from. Plus you have an already established likable hero and a droll little story to boot. Like its predecessor, "Lost Treasure" isn't going to garner itself any hoity-toity awards this year, but that doesn't stop it from being a perfectly nice and perfectly readable little bundle of joy.

When we last left our hero... he was asleep. Now he is not. Russell is just casually perfecting a rather nice triple somersault when something catches his eye. A crow, clutching The Lost Treasure of Frogsbottom (torn virtually to shreds) passes by and gives Russell ideas. But rather than wrangle the map from the crow (who is never seen again) our sheepish hero and his frog partner Frankie are going to find the treasure themselves. Russell creates a high-tech well-detailed "Super-Duper Treasure Seeker" complete with all-terrain wheels, a flange, and even a well-positioned extending arm. At first it seems as if all is lost and the treasure will never be found, but at the foot of a giant tree the machine begins to beep. Lo and behold, far beneath the tree is a treasure chest of... a bunch of useless stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sprout on January 14, 2007
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Marvelous illustrations, heart-warming story. It quickly became a favorite of my young son, who is 2 1/2.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Astro Girl on September 29, 2006
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A beautifully illustrated book that held my niece spellbound. The rich artwork and humor also make it a pleasure for any adults who get to read this as a bedtime story. What I like about the Russell series is the little lesson for the kids, in each story. This time, we see Russell learn what is truly valuable in life. At the end of the story, instead of arguing about bedtime, my niece wanted to see our family photo album! We had a `quality' moment that followed directly from storytime and because of that, I had to come write a glowing review!!! Hope some of you have a similar wonderful experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Glassman on September 19, 2006
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You have seen Rob Scotton's work in a wide variety of places--what a pleasure to see him illustrating children's books. Light and zany, you can't help but be charmed by Scotton's characters. The story is short and simple, especially appealing for young readers or listeners, ages 3-5. The illustrations are so good, however, that you wish there was more story to necessitate more pages in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Salazar on February 6, 2010
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My 3-year-old boy just doesn't like it. Maybe in a year or so . . . but for now, the story can't hold his interest. His attention ends as soon as the treasure's found. Maybe if the photos Russell takes were less old-fashioned . . . but that's probably the appeal for some readers. My son just doesn't get them, and I don't think most small children would. He loves Russell the Sheep and Russell's Christmas Magic, however. As always, the illustrations are wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan D. Hollandbeck on January 14, 2009
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I adore Rob Scotton's works. His illustrations are charming. In this adventure Russell learns that his real treasure is his own family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Russell is wonderful. My grandchildren loved the first book, so I had to get the others. The artwork is as good as the story. I'm so glad I decided to get them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JBB on September 17, 2007
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The first Russell the sheep book was wonderful, especially as it dealt with insomnia. My son loves both books, and the artwork is very good in both. But I have a slight preference for the first book as it deals with an ongoing challenge with young children (sleep). The "lost treasure" book may be better for the 5 - 7 crowd rather than the 3 - 5 crowd. Either way, it's still a good book.
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