Today I am introducing a “choose your own adventure” children’s book – and seriously wondering why these weren’t around when I was a kid. Quest for the Lost Treasure, written by Gerry Gaston and illustrated by Laura Livi of Blue Monkey Studios in Geova, Italy.
Quest for the Lost Treasure
Gerry Gaston, Author
Laura Livi, Illustrator
Paperback, Hardcover and eBook
Genre: Children’s Adventure, ages 3 – 8
About the Book:
Your epic journey begins when a band of Pirates raid your village and you set out to track down the thieving pirates and recover the lost gold and jewels. The unique interactive format allows you to control the progress of the story, as it is being told! Will you dare to explore what’s behind the closed door, or play it safe and escape up the stairway?
If I were to tell you that I read this cover to cover, eight times, making choices each time, and was thoroughly entertained and still had more options to read again, would that influence your choice? This book can work for parents reading to or with their children, and while we all love the fact that our child can recite the story of their favorite books as you are reading – there isn’t much amusement there for the parent. This choose your own adventure is just perfectly designed with kids and their parents in mind; no one has a chance to get bored.
The illustrations are beautiful and detailed, without cluttering up the frame with ‘too much information and illustration. I read the eBook format , where simple buttons are clearly displayed with the options for the next move: the book did read in landscape format, and while I didn’t have difficulty reading it on my Fire, I would be curious to see it on a larger display screen or in paper format. This book really does lend itself to a larger 11X8 format for the true beauty of the illustrations to shine through.
At just 50 pages total, with a multitude of permutations for the adventure, the entire story start to finish took about 20 minutes for me to read for myself: so a perfect bedtime share-story for parent and child, with suspense and hide and seek that is less scary than entertaining, and should keep interest for 40 or so minutes as you read aloud. It truly was never the same book twice, and each time it was entertaining and cleverly constructed. I truly did wish that this Choose Your Own Adventure books were common and popular when I was a young reader, as an adult it had me entertained for quite some time.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review as part of the Indie Authors Rock promotion at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I give Quest for the Lost Treasure 5 out of 5 Stars
Gerry Gaston is a freelance writer and engineer. His years of participating in role-playing adventure games, combined with his enjoyment of choose your own adventure books, motivated his efforts to create a new interactive format for children. His visually innovative storyline selection technique provides for a unique book reading experience. He lives with his family, cats and ferrets in Arkansas.