Dakota Crumb: Tiny Treasure Hunter by Jamie Michalak, illustrated by Kelly Murphy. Candlewick, 2021. 9781536203943
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Format: Hardcover picture book
What did you like about the book? Oh, what fun! Dakota the mouse and tiny treasure hunter makes her way through the museum at night. She carries a treasure map to help her find some special things but there’s a whole lot more delicate or delicious treats that we can see but she misses (see the Find It list at the end of the book). After going through multiple galleries and collecting tons of goodies in her sack, our tiny treasure hunter heads back to her own museum where she displays her wares. Ladybugs, cockroaches, slugs and fellow mice come through the Mousehole Museum (and gift shop) to view collections of statues, shiny things and itty-bitty items. The text is rhythmic but not necessarily rhyming and the illustrations are fun and engrossing. There’s lots to find in the pictures and the pictures are fun to discover in and of themselves. Look at the eyes in the paintings and statues looking, studying and watching, with multiple expressions from amusement to horror, as Dakota slips by.
Anything you didn’t like about it? It was loads of fun
To whom would you recommend this book? Of course those who love Spot It books and I Spy are going to adore this volume; the added benefit is that there’s a cute story to go along with the finding-of-things.
Who should buy this book? Nursery schools, early elementary, public library children’s services and those that love to share books and activities with kids.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? It’s pretty cute – I would…
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Pam WattsFlavin, Head of Children’s Services, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: November 21, 2021