Treasure Map: An Acorn Book

Scholastic. (The Adventure Friends: Bk. 1). Jan. 2023. 64p. Tr $23.99. ISBN 9781338805826; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781338805819.
K-Gr 2–Grade school neighbors Miguel and Clarke share a love for exploration. Miguel is familiar with his town; but for Clarke, who just moved in, the streets are new. “I need to know how to get around my new neighborhood,” she explains to Miguel. So, with walkie-talkies, a compass, drawing paper, and pencils, the two friends follow the lines on the compass around their neighborhood, drawing a map of every building, river, and park they find. Sustained by eating trail mix that they call “adventure fuel,” the two enjoy a series of adventures, from devising code names to use over their walkie-talkies and digging for buried treasure to following musical cues to the ice cream truck, where they obtain two cones in exchange for the “treasure” they uncovered. Vibrant, warm illustrations are rendered in full-color artwork by prolific illustrator Félix, concept artist/matte painter for Disney’s Pixar Coco: A Live-to-Film Concert Experience. Todd (Tou-Can’t!: A Little Sister Story) crafts an enjoyable story within four short chapters.
VERDICT This book can be used as part of lessons on mapmaking and using a compass. Pair with similar titles, such as Kari Allen’s The Boy Who Loved Maps and the “Map Skills for Today” series.

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