-- School Library Journal
"Readers of all ages and backgrounds will love every inch of The Book of Gold. You might be tempted to turn over the bookshelves and find that mysterious book. But then again, maybe you've already found it."
"No one has done such an excellent job of capturing the feeling of discovery and the wonder of reading as Bob Staake has in The Book of Gold. This is a must-have for all book lovers, young and old."
American Booksellers Association (BookWeb.org)
Award-winning illustrator Bob Staake (Bluebird and The Red Lemon) brings us an emotionally rich picture book about a boy who discovers that the search for knowledge is more important than knowledge itself.
Gutenberg isn't a curious boy . . . that is, until he meets an
old shopkeeper who tells him about The Book of Gold. This special
book, hidden somewhere in the world, holds all the answers to
every question and turns to solid gold when opened.
Sample images from book (above)
off the shelf, Bob Staake's The Book of Gold shimmers with promise;
the lions of the New York Public Library beckon, and you just
know something fantastic awaits.
"Staake (Beachy and Me) places Isaac in a series of magnificent architectural spaces teeming with detail, including many inside and outside the famous library (whose two lions, Isaac eventually discovers, are called Patience and Fortitude). Sepia-toned illustrations reflect the book's initial 1930s setting, giving way to color as Isaac awakens to the potential of books over the course of many decades."
School Library Journal
Try as they might, Isaac Gutenberg's parents could not interest him in anything, particularly not books or the New York Public Library, not even the iconic lions. It is an antiques shopkeeper who transforms his boredom by recounting the legend of "The Book of Gold": "Somewhere in the world there is one very special book that's just waiting to be discovered...and when it is opened, it turns to solid gold. This is all the motivation Isaac needs to begin the quest that would take him to his twilight years, leading to many opened books, questions, answers, travel, and, ultimately, a full circle as he passes the legend on to another bored child in the library. Staake's round-headed, diverse caricatures start their sepia-hued story in 1930s Brooklyn. Digitally composed panels and compositions of varying sizes eventually blossom into full color as books enrich Isaac's world; they turn golden at the conclusion. White text on black backgrounds provides unity throughout. As with William Joyce's The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, it is the caliber of the artistry that elevates what could have been just another book about books (a crowded shelf), because, of course, it is the delightful dance of words and images in a riveting narrative that creates young bibliophiles, not attempts to persuade. VERDICT While this title will especially appeal to adult book aficionados (and New Yorkers), Staake's depth of visual detail, child-friendly style, and the originality of his questions will attract discriminating children as well. Pure gold.Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library
Reader Reviews From GoodReads.com
"Gorgeous illustrations and a powerful message combine to make this a great read aloud for librarians, teachers, parents ... any adult who wants to instill a child with the joy of curiosity and the quest for knowledge."
been following Staake's work since the beginning and his graphic
style is amazing and his narrative stories can be fun and dramatic.
The Book of Gold ... (is a) beautiful book that celebrates the
power of inquiry and learning and reading.
"(My daughter) Sara said, "It's like a Pixar film!" and she's right!"
"A beautiful story that takes a young boy a life of apathy to a lover of learning, all in the quest for the elusive Book of Gold. What he gets instead is a rich life full of knowledge and travel."