View Poll Results: Do you plan to purchase Secrets of the Alchemist Dar?

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  • Yes! On the day it is released, even if it means camping at my local bookstore.

    26 37.14%
  • Yes. As soon as I can just purchase it without waiting in line.

    34 48.57%
  • Eventually, but no rush.

    7 10.00%
  • Are you kidding? I'm staying as far away from it as possible.

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    Kiddieteacher is offline Getting the hang of it. Copper Kiddieteacher is an unknown quantity at this point
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    Default Secrets of the Alchemist Dar

    After browsing the posts, and not seeing this anywhere else, I had to create a new subject for this, and decided, what the heck...why not create a poll as well.
    http://www.atreasurestrove.com/Publi...tDar/index.cfm
    I have loved reading everyones ideas, but for those of us that didn't get on board until May...it truly felt like walking into the eighth inning of a ballgame.
    Anyone else out there that anxiously awaits the opportunity to be 'on board' from the beginning?

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    I am willing to bet quite a few Trovers have already anagrammed "Alchemist Dar". C'mon, you can admit it.

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    I'm not sure what "Alchemist Dar" angarams to, but "The Alchemist Dar" has a pretty good anagram.

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    I think it depends entirely on how much money is on the line. If this is going to be a "literary only" book... I don't think many people will waste their time.

    If there's another million on the line (and hoplefully this international rumor is just that, a rumor) then sure, I'll order a copy.

    The international bit scares me a bit... seeing how many wild goose chases I've gone on in the US.... I don't think a flight to another country is in the cards... and even if it is, the puzzles better be more creative, more diverse, and much more clear when solved. AND NO MORE ANAGRAMMING.

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    I agree if there is no treasure hunt involved I will most definitely not be purchasing the book, if there is an international treasure hunt.. well I'd probably still buy the book but I'm really hoping it's not an international hunt. I just can't afford to fly to europe to look for "buried treasure" Especially with all the people on this hunt who supposedly went to the correct location right down to the very tree the token was in prior to any one else being there and came away empty handed.. or the fact that it could quite possibly take several days to get to a location, during which time the answer could be posted online and 100's of locals could already have scowered the area..

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    Quote Originally Posted by destructo
    If this is going to be a "literary only" book... I don't think many people will waste their time.
    ACKKKK! Destructo, I had so respected your posts...until that one.
    Although I am sure that many adults will lose interest, I would hardly call a book similar to ATT a 'waste of time'. It IS, after all, a children's book.
    As an elementary librarian, I am always looking for new books that will somehow get my non-readers into a book. Some of my favorite lessons are with books that take the reader beyond the story with the illustrations(Chris VanAlsburg and Graham Base are a couple of my favorites). Even if there isn't a 'treasure' of monetary value, any book that gets kids involved is surely not a waste of time. Long after all tokens have been redeemed, I plan to read ATT, and have my students solve the puzzles.

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    well I suppose I should reword my post as well... if there are no PUZZLES, not necessarily treasure, involved I will not be interested. I realize it is a children's book, but I have read plenty of children's books that I actually enjoyed just for the story. IMO this story was convoluted with mundane details, which at first you are able to live with thinking that the key is within the text, but once you realize that they really aren't clues, it just seems like poor writing.. I'm sure a million people will post about how wonderful a story it is, but it really just didn't do much for me. no offense to anyone.. and some of the wording seems like it would leave a lot of younger kids scratching their heads as to what the heck he is talking about.. but I'm no children's librarian, nor am I a parent, so what do I know.

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    AND NO MORE ANAGRAMMING.
    AMEN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiddieteacher

    ACKKKK! Destructo, I had so respected your posts...until that one.
    I'll forgive you...this time.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm all for kids literature. But it has to be LITERATURE... I think it's insulting to think that kids' books have to be stupid or simple or gross. Try reading your child a classic.... pick one from the 8th grade reading list and read it to them. I'm sure you'll be amazed that even kindergardeners can follow what's going on and even make deeply insightful comments.

    ATT is neither well written nor well illustrated and unlike the thread on the ATT forum, it will in no way become a classic like Dickens' A Christmas Carol. If there's a Junior Great Books program near you or even one sponsored by a local library, put your child into one and move them up a grade level or 3 and they'll be a reader for life.

    If you want a well done book that kids can look for pictures in, try Where's Waldo. If you want something well written and illustrated, pick up Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Creative and well written? Anything by Roald Dahl.

    I'd pick up any one of those today and have fun reading it and I'm 20 years beyond the target age group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by destructo
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    If you want a well done book that kids can look for pictures in, try Where's Waldo. If you want something well written and illustrated, pick up Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Creative and well written? Anything by Roald Dahl.

    I'd pick up any one of those today and have fun reading it and I'm 20 years beyond the target age group.
    I still re-read my favorite "kids book" every couple of years, even though I'm at least 30 years beyond the target audience and don't have any kids around to read it to. That's "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster. The wordplay and puns are so much fun, whatever your age. Like the vehicle that only moves if you shut up because "It goes without saying".

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