The Book of Gold (Hardcover)

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By Bob Staake, Bob Staake (Illustrator)
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At a fairly early point in life, children seem to grasp and react excitedly to the concept of “treasure.” Watch it transform young Isaac Gutenberg from the bored kid who finds libraries and bookshops a drudgery, into the vibrant man who discovers where treasure mightier than gold is truly found. If you’re already smiling at Staake’s signature bold-line art, remembering how much you enjoy finding it in the New Yorker and other grown-up publications, you’ll love sitting down with his new book and sharing it with little bibliophiles in your world.

Oh, the treasures they’ve yet to discover….bright as gold…! :)
— From Claudia's Picks


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.

Young Isaac 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.
Isaac is determined to find the book—it will make him rich! He opens many books in his search, but quickly closes them when they don't turn to gold. That changes one day when he opens a book, looks at the page, and a question pops into his mind. From then on, he reads every word.
Time passes and Isaac ages, but he still scours dusty attics and flea markets, crisscrossing the world, searching for The Book of Gold. This sweeping picture book asks important questions: Is searching for knowledge better than having it? How important is curiosity? And what makes a life meaningful?

About the Author

Bob Staake has authored and/or illustrated over 50 books, including Bluebird, which received three starred reviews; My Pet Book; The Donut Chef; and Look! a Book! The New York Times named Staake's The Red Lemon one of the ten best illustrated books of the year. Learn more at and on Twitter @bobstaake.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553510775
ISBN-10: 0553510770
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 40
Language: English