Age Range: 2 to 6
Tom & Millie’s Great Big Treasure Hunt is a first adventure story which introduces counting, colours and shapes through Guy Parker-Rees’ fantastically detailed illustrations. We spend lots of time poring over each page to see what all the animals are doing while we are helping Tom and Millie to hunt for clues.
The Story: Tom and Millie have a list of things to find on their treasure hunt. They solve the clues and collect their friends as they go from the beach to the playground, through the town to the play centre and to the market before their last clue takes them to their final destination (I won’t spoil the surprise!).
A cast of beautifully illustrated, animal characters in a variety of familiar settings gives lots of stimulus for discussion as the child joins Tom and Millie in their hunt for clues. The number of items to look for increases by one on each page and each item has a distinctive shape and colour. There are also friends to look for on each page and these friends join Tom and Millie to help them. It is such a fun, interactive story and there is a lot of humour in the pictures (our favourites include a horse going down the slide in the playground and an unhappy pig having suncream put on his back!). Each time we read we notice new details in the pictures, yesterday we wondered whether an anteater would really want to eat anything from the fast food stand at the market! The story introduces everyday vocabulary (especially animal vocabulary) to young children and we often count the characters on each page or play ‘I Spy’ (either with colours or initial letters). It is also a great story to introduce new vocabulary to non native English speakers, each individual setting could provide a stimulus for an individual lesson.
This fun adventure story grows with the child, there is so much to see and talk about in the pictures with the added challenge of solving the colourful clues.
Author / Illustrator: Guy Parker-Rees
You can also join Tom and Millie in Whizzy Bizzy People.