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/ Key title Russell the sheep is back again in another great adventure -- searching for lost treasure! /Russell made his debut in July 2005 in 'Russell the Sheep', and quickly became a picture book star selling over 21,000 copies in the UK. / 'Russell the Sheep' was shortlisted for the Best New Illustrator category of the Booktrust Early Years Awards, 2005. /Marketing and PR campaign to target new readers with coverage across parenting and grey press. /Rob Scotton's humorous artwork has a distinctive soft palette making it perfect for a bedtime story. / Rob's wonderful artwork can also be found on greetings cards, ceramics, textiles, prints, stationery and glassware. / Competition: Joseph Theobald
Rob Scotton had only to look out of his studio window to find the inspiration for Russell. The rolling countryside surrounding his home is brimming with sheep, other wildlife, sheep, rural beauty, and more sheep. An honours graduate of Leicester Polytechnic, Rob now lives in Rutland, England, with his wife, Liz, who is also an artist.
The fleecy, fleet-footed insomniac introduced in Russell the Sheep returns in all his striped stocking-capped glory for another picture-book romp, this time on the trail of treasure. When Russell spies a tattered map that hints at treasure buried in his own Frogsbottom backyard, he springs into action. With his new invention, the Super-Duper Treasure Seeker, in hand, the hunt is on. Scotton's smattering of spot illustrations charts the initially exasperating results. "What's a sheep to do?" Russell cries in frustration. But the gadget doesn't let him down and the woolly hero recovers a locked treasure chest from deep underground. Now he wonders how to make the most of the only real bit of "treasure" in the trunk-a flash camera he deems "older than my dad!" Readers will likely delight in the funny results as much as Russell does. Scotton's sweetly comic cast of ping-pong ball-eyed sheep is still a gas to behold in these boisterous watercolors. Ever-changing perspectives make readers feel a part of the activity, and the visual antics of Russell's frog sidekick, Frankie, make for an additional source of silly amusement. The ample borders around many of the full-page illustrations make a smooth transition to photo frames, as Russell makes humorous use of his buried bounty. Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Praise for 'Russell the Sheep': 'Russell the Sheep is completely engaging and bound to become a star of the future.' The Bookseller 'This is the delicious tale of a sheep who can't sleep.' Daily Express 'Charming tale.' Grove 'This quirky bedtime story!will amuse and appeal to the very young.' Family Interest Magazine 'Gorgeous, gently coloured illustrations!A perfect bedtime story.' Eastern Daily Press
PreS-Gr 1-Russell, the fluffed-out sheep with the impossibly long, striped wool hat attempts to discover the Lost Treasure of Frogsbottom. After inventing a "Super-Duper Treasure Seeker," he searches high and low until he stumbles upon the buried chest down a long and winding hole. Once the box is opened, Russell is dismayed to find that it contains only old and useless stuff, including a camera that's "older than my dad!" But the camera works, and soon Russell is taking joyous snapshots of his extended family. In the conclusion, which might make more sense to adults than kids, Russell peruses these photos in an album and he decides that they are the real treasure. As in Russell the Sheep (HarperCollins, 2005), the art is done in muted blues, grays, and greens that contain small touches of humor for discerning readers. While not as strong a premise as in the original book, fans of Russell will welcome his return.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.