Looking for Atlantis by Colin Thompson

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When a seafaring grandfather returns home for the last time, his ten-year-old grandson searches for the great treasure hidden in the sailor's old wooden chest.  But Grandfather's legacy is much more than gold coins--it is the promise that the imagination holds the mightiest treasure of all.

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Colin Thompson is fast becoming a cult.  His incredibly detailed pictures, packed with bizarre touches, worlds within worlds, and wondrous visual jokes, are addictive.  Colin's book Ruby , an international hit, was linked to a contest with a real vintage automobile as the prize.  His earlier titles include The Paper Bag Prince and Looking for Atlantis .  After leaving art school, and subsequently, the London School of Film Technique, Colin worked for a time at the BBC before moving to the Outer Herbrides, where he began twenty years of self-employment in ceramics.   Colin now works full time as an author and illustrator.
Published January 1, 1993 by Silver Burdett & Ginn. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The tale announcing the theme is quickly told: The ten-year- old narrator's grandfather returns from a life at sea to tell of fabulous Atlantis, to be found in his sea chest along with ``Everything you could ever want...if you know where to look for it'';

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It is all around, Grandfather has said: ``You have to learn how to look for it.'' Look the boy does, through a dense, Escher-like world where everyday objects (walls, books, cellars) yield a treasure trove of apparently infinite (and often hilarious) surprises.

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