Written by Susan Yost-Filgate • Illustrated by Leonard Filgate
When Rip Squeak and his friends discover a map tucked away in a book of pirate stories, they set off on another exciting adventure. Along the way they encounter some colorful new characters and discover that the word “treasure” can have more than one meaning.
The Treasure received an IPPY Finalist Award for the first edition in 2003
Rip Squeak is a handsome young mouse who lives with several buddies in a vacation cottage. Euripides, frog and actor, arrives in tricorn and brass buttons to read everyone some pirate stories… and soon all head off on a whiskers-and-warts search for what’s at the spot marked X. Here’s the one you read to your youngest and let them study Leonard Filgate’s loving illustrations. –CNN.com
Rip Squeak the mouse, his sister Jesse, and the cat Abbey are listening to a tale about pirates and treasure, adventures and excitement. Their very peculiar but lovable frog friend, Euripides, is reading to them from a book of “Pirate Tales.” As Euripides is closing the book, a map falls out. To the delight of Rip Squeak and the others, the map is bona fide treasure map. The group of friends is soon all dressed up for a treasure hunt in suitably piratical attire. Then they set off into the garden where they meet all sorts of characters. There are the ants who are very busy carrying food to their nest, a mama duck and her babies, and Sam Aritan, Euripides’ dragonfly acquaintance. What the little mice and their friends discover is a treasure indeed, one which will no doubt give them much enjoyment; but they also discover that what is commonplace to some is a treasure to others. Best of all, they revel in the best treasure of all – the friendship that they share.This second “Rip Squeak” book is sure to please just as the first one did. The characters are full of life, and the lush artwork is a joy to explore. –Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews