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Search for The Hidden Treasure (Chompy & The Munchy Bunch) (Volume 2) Paperback – September 12, 2016
Search for the Hidden Treasure is the second book in the Chompy & the Munchy Bunch series, written by Nancy Beaule and illustrated by Lauren Goldstein. Depressed at his failed attempt to replicate Doc Peppa's super eye formula which had previously been made at Peppa Mansion, Chompy sits on his swing and looks despondent. After Salty shows Chompy a coded message about a hidden treasure at Peppa Mansion in Munchytown, Chompy immediately cheers up, thinking it could be the missing secret ingredient for the super eye formula - a carrot juice which had enhanced his vision tenfold. Although afraid to return, Chompy, Salty and Weiner sneak into Peppa Mansion, not realizing that the evil Candybar had overheard their conversation and was waiting to sabotage their efforts to find the hidden treasure. Candybar finds himself in an awkward situation when his evil plans backfire, but luck is on Chompy's side, as Candybar's trap unveils what they had come in search of.
Nancy Beaule's delightful children's book puts forth the message that you reap what you sow. Candybar's evil intentions led to a bad ending for his deeds, while Chompy and his friends' bravery led them to the bounty which they had sought out. Search for the Hidden Treasure teaches children that determination pays off, while sitting around sulking, thinking about failure, is a path that leads nowhere. I like the different examples of fear playing tricks on the imagination; when the main characters feared the worst from what they thought they were seeing, the eventual realization of what they were looking at embarrassed them somewhat. All in all, their bravery and determination landed them the prize which they sought and the bad guy got a royal kick in the pants for his efforts. I enjoyed the second installment of Chompy & the Munchy Bunch, and recommend it to those aged between 4-7, enabling them to realize their full potential, regardless of the fear and obstacles in their way.
-Rose Malezer, Reader's Favorite
About the Author
Nancy is a native of Lewiston, Maine and is best known for her pie crust invention, the "Pie Saver." She traded in her inventor's hat to pen the series "Chompy & the Munchy Bunch," about a carrot who gets super-powered eyesight from a formula made from carrots! The books are perfect for 4 - 9 year olds. Nancy lives in Maine and Florida with her husband of 41 years, and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. She can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for readings at schools (which includes a fun nutritional activity), libraries, day care centers, etc.
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Especially in book two, Search for the Hidden Treasure, author Nancy Beaule uses lots of figurative language. This not only enriches the story, but it would be a great way to teach even the very young about writing devices like similes and metaphors. Book two also brings a new illustrator, but the changes are subtle and improved (I could tell Salty was a potato chip in this one, where I wasn't really sure what he was in The Secret Formula.)
The writing is suitable for the intended audience, whether as a read-aloud for the youngest or independent reading for stronger readers. It is virtually error-free and cleanly edited. (The Grammar Policewoman in me doesn't like to see incorrect ellipses in both books, but I doubt any child reader will notice or care!) I do find it peculiar that our main character, Chompy, who is a carrot, eats carrots and then even grows them to blend them into a juice (a cannibalistic carrot??). I would very much like to test run this book with a child and see if he/she finds this odd -- or perhaps just oddly entertaining!
Silliness abounds, and who can resist stories that include haunted houses, secret formulas, and practical jokes? I definitely recommend you check-out Chompy and friends with your kids. And be sure to visit the author's website to get a recipe for your kids to make their own Chompy Juice!
Thank you to the author for providing me eBooks in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give. If you like this review, visit my blog Hall Ways for book views, reviews, and news you can use - or not. kristinehallways.blogspot.com
Once again, the author shows her talent in creating a spooky atmosphere with her careful choice of words. Young readers will be amused and frightened at the same time, as Chompy goes on another exciting adventure and someone is taught a lesson. I hope the author takes the opportunity to incorporate some nutritional messages in future books in this series.
Note: read the Kindle edition in portrait mode, as the readability has been improved by having single pages instead of double-page spreads; landscape mode still has double pages, but the pictures don't correspond with the adjacent text and the text is too small.
Meanwhile, Candybar reaches the mansion ahead of them and sets a trap. Let the games begin.
Young children enjoy scary stories and the author kept the plot fun without being to scary. Her choice of food groups for characters added to that fun.
Another fun chapter in the Chompy adventures. The cute illustrations and antics will delight young readers.
Again we meet Chompy the carrot and his mate, Salty.
Their search picks up from the previous book and takes them on a fun and fast-paced adventure.
Kids are going to love the illustrations, too. They are really quite funny.
This is going to be a hit with most young and older readers. Let's face it, any book that includes the baddie getting covered in spider poop is sure to be a winner! Well done, Nancy. Keep up the good work.
P.s get this book it's smashing .👏