This very special picture book is a work of wonder. Immediately immersive, Anna sets off boldly to find gold with her crocodile companion. He’s the voice of reason – it will be dangerous and difficult. ‘Good!’ says Anna. ‘Let’s go!’ And they do; drawing maps with a cross to mark the spot, diving for the sunken treasure and then working out what it is they should do with it.
However unusual it is for a picture book to play out entirely in dialogue, the conversational narrative is immediately endearing and pitched perfectly. It’s also a completely mesmerising visual journey from muted backgrounds and standout characters to the awesome climactic spreads in all their vivid brilliance. The story is so sweet, unique and exciting, paired with such clever and stunning illustration, this book deserves to be a future picture book classic. Schwarz has touched upon genuine picture book genius.