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Praise for Arlo’s Treasure

We booked Anthony for book week to present his book ‘Arlo’s treasure’ and what a great decision that was! Anthony had the attention and the hearts of 30+ children (and educators) for an hour as he weaved music, song, action and storytelling into one heartwarming experience. Our children left the show with knowledge on new musical instruments, new catchy songs to sing and most importantly – a new friend in Anthony who called each and every child by name. Thank you Anthony, we can’t wait to book you again next year!
Tregear Preschool – Jordan Springs
Nick Stephens – Centre Director – 28th August, 2023
Thank you for presenting your show “Arlo’s Treasure” at our Early Learning Service. I speak on behalf of every educator and child at Little Zak’s Academy in Jordan Springs when I say that we loved having you visit and entertain us. You were so warm and interactive and made the effort to personally connect with each child. Anthony was even kind enough to sign a copy of his literacy text for my son. The children keep asking when you will return, and we look forward to welcoming you back.
Little Zaks Academy – Jordan Springs
Leanne Gill. – Centre Director. – 7th November, 2022
Hi Anthony, such a wonderful show you put on for the children. It was an interactive joyful and magical experience for all. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting back and watching the children enjoy the pleasure of listening and responding to music and story telling. Hearing them laugh, engage and share joy with each other and within themselves was the highlight of the year. Look forward to having you back again next year.


Fairfield Preschool – Fairfield City Council.
Widad Joumah. – Educator Child Care. – 19th October, 2022


The children really enjoyed The Arlo’s Treasure Show and loved the singing and dancing parts of the show.  The show met all of our expectations and was very interactive for the children.

The facts sheet about the show are really handy as well covering all areas of the EYLF and much more. We had positive feedback from educators and parents as well as the children involved.

Anthony provided a positive learning experience where all the children in the room were involved and he explained everything really well to the children teaching the children about music, information provided at the children’s level.

The children were very interested and were captivated by Anthony and the way he engaged with children.



Kids Early Learning – Quakers Hill – Blacktown City Council.
Suzette Bradford. – Director Child Care. 
– 7th October, 2022


With regards to the Arlo’s Treasure show –

Anthony had a great rapport with the children from the beginning of the show. He was easily able to draw them into the story holding their attention and focus throughout. The show was both entertaining and interactive. It holds some great values which the children were introduced to in a fun and easily understood way. The story itself was beautifully written and the illustrations are gorgeous. The inclusion of music and movement in the program helped cater for different learning styles and drew some children into the story who otherwise may have not participated. We all (teachers included) had a very enjoyable time participating in ‘The Alro’s Treasure Show’!

Director – Wentworth Falls Preschool.   12th September, 2022


Our children absolutely loved the Arlo’s Treasure show by Anthony Zarb. Anthony interacted really well with our Preschool children and they were so engaged in Anthony’s show. They were happy to participate and  be a part of the show with lots of singing and dancing. Arlo’s Treasure is a wonderful story book and has such a special meaning to it. Thank you, Anthony. We highly recommend having Anthony Zarb and Arlo’s Treasure at your school or child care centre. You will love it just as much as we did!

Director – Innovative Early Learning.   23rd August, 2022

Thought I should share this …

It was my young neighbour’s birthday last week, and so I thought, after such a strong recommendation from this guy, to buy your beautiful book ‘Arlo’s Treasure’ I did so for Mr 5. I was a little worried as Mum and Dad would have to read it to him of course, and it wasn’t Bluey!! 😂 When he opened it he showed it straight away to his Mum who exclaimed “Oh yes! We love this book – the guy who wrote it came to our preschool – he was great!”. They hadn’t known where to buy “Arlo’s Treasure” – if they could have purchased at the preschool they would have.

Beth Richards.
Music Teacher – NSW Department of Education.   6th August, 2022

The children had a most wonderful journey with Anthony. With mixed ages in the group he was able to read and follow their lead on their needs and adjusted the format for the session offering a variety of exciting songs, movement as well as Arlo’s story that kept the children engaged and involved through the whole show. Arlos Treasure is a wonderful story that we have continued to talk about . Thanks for such a lovely experience.

Carmen Parker.
Children’s House Montessori – Faulconbridge.    18th March, 2022


“Anthony was very engaging… It was great the way indoor and outdoor was incorporated into the show. The children loved his sense of humour, the instruments he utilised such as the kazoo and guitar” 

Michelle M – Lynette C.
Milpara Early Learning – Burnie, Tasmania – 25-02-2022


“Arlo’s Treasure” was a wonderfully interactive learning experience for our children. Anthony is a natural entertainer. He was able to tune quickly into the needs of the children in our centre. With a special knack for adjusting and improvising his energetic story telling, he kept us engaged and interested. A unique story with a beautiful message.

Music, dance, action, pre-reading skills and epic story telling with “Arlo Treasures” and Anthony Zarb.

With Gratitude

Miss Leanne
Butterflies Early Learning Centre Cairns – 9-02-2022


“Our Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten groups had an amazing time with Arlo and Anthony. What a beautiful story Anthony created and shared with us. Anthony kept the children captivated with song, dance, storytelling and adventure throughout the whole show.
Thank you very much!”

Miss Anna
Kindy Zone – Mount Sheridan, Cairns – 14-02-2022


What an amazing show Anthony put on for the kids, all the kids and parents loved every moment of the show, there was plenty of laughing and dancing. Will be booking to have Anthony Back next year as everyone has such a blast.

Samantha Barnes – Area Manager
Bright Star Kindergarten (Cambridge Park) 8-12-2021


Thank you Anthony Zarb for visiting Happy Days Kindergarten and sharing your book ‘Arlo’s Treasure’ with us. Anthony kept the children engaged with song and dance whilst reading the book. Our 3 – 5 year room thoroughly enjoyed the interaction and your enthusiasm. Thank you for also supplying colouring sheets from your storybook, our class has enjoyed colouring them and showing their parents.

Stefanie Bianco – Centre Director
Happy Days Kindergarten (West Hoxton) 2-12-2021


Anthony takes the children on a wonderful adventure. The book ‘Arlo’s Treasure’ is a must for any home and education service. Thanks for coming and we look forward to you coming again. The children had a great time and were encouraged to be involved during the show.

Anita (Facility Director)
Jenny’s Kindergarten & Early Learning Bathurst


My Year 3 students read ‘Arlo’s Treasure’ and were kept in suspense throughout the whole story. Anthony Zarb uses many twists to keep the classroom engaged with the storyline, giving the children an opportunity to understand the importance of appreciating family values. This was one of those books that encourages children to be enthusiastic, excited and still – all at the same time! The children will strongly connect with the main character and develop a strong understanding of how much their parents care for them and love them. I thoroughly recommend this book during a literacy session or linked to a PDH lesson. Congratulations Anthony on a fantastic story! This book has unlocked many true treasures, in more ways than one.

Darren McErlain
Year 3 Teacher Mary MacKillop Primary School


“Arlo is just gorgeous and it’s exciting to go on an adventure with him. What he discovers on that journey is both priceless for him… and your kids.

Highly recommend!”

Sarah Mason
Network TEN’s  Studio 10 Entertainment Producer

I am a family and relationship counsellor and therapist of nearly 30 years walking along side of children, young people and parents as they face some very challenging situations. 

What Anthony has written and illustrated here is the foundation and purpose of my work, the re-establishing the recognition and meaning of what can and is the treasure for us all. The loving connection we each have that creates the ripple effect. Anthony’s message to us all here is of great value. 

Well done. 

Ian Hanslow
CR PAFCA MA Psy, B Soc Sci (SW).


Engaging, fun, a lovely story with a hidden moral.

We had the pleasure of having Anthony visit our preschool to present his book and show.

The children loved listening to the story. Anthony sat down at the children’s level, read his story to them and talked to them about the hidden meaning in the story. Later he had everyone participating in the songs, dancing around the room and ‘playing’ his guitar.

Highly recommended for preschool and lower primary ages.

Meegan Cox
Stroud Preschool

My daughter is in the middle of reading it. Shianna started reading it last night, to calm her down, whilst im in hospital, starting today. I suggested it and at 15 yrs old, she is loving it. I will start reading it, when I get home.
Thankyou Ant. Saying goobye to her this morning, was so much easier ❤
Michelle Scully


It’s a stunning little book. Archie loves it. It actually bought a little tear to my eye.
Jayde Duncan


A little gem of a book with beautiful illustrations, Arlo’s Treasure takes you on a journey of adventure and suspense, and leaves you with a message about love and the true meaning of family.

A perfect children’s bedtime story.

Rylee Anthony and Joanne Randall

Arlo’s Treasure, the book is a gift for all to read – and when they understand, they tell their friends, too, creating little ripples of love around the world.
Tanya Alexander


A gorgeous book. It is a beautifully illustrated story.
Marion Sturges


Excited to have received my copy today and love the family morals and
values and themes in it … great reading for big kids too and I can’t wait to read to read it with my nephews.
Mavric Patos 

This is a quirky tale for young children that parents will also read many times—in the course of their night-time duties. It’s simply written and addressed very personally to the reading audience.

As such, I imagine it requires a certain amount of theatrical ‘delivery’, which young children do relish. This is visually supplied, in part, by the lovely drawings in the book.

Anthony creates a homely and family-oriented atmosphere in these pages. It’s
comforting. A positive story. But not a slick, modern Disney/American construction.

Anthony has tapped into some universal truths in this delicate story world. Refreshingly, it’s a father’s book, written about another father (Arlo) and his family. The allegorical tale seems mostly to be told through Arlo’s thoughts and actions, but this interpretation might miss the bigger picture of the important values and beliefs that are addressed symbolically here.

The treasure you already have (that isn’t the one you thought you were looking for) is an ancient teaching: that treasure cannot be found—because it was never lost. It’s a lot of epiphany for a small book!

I have road-tested this book on small children and they like it. I can’t give higher praise than that.

David Lake
Counsellor and Therapist

Arlo’s Treasure is a delightful tale that will entertain the young and young at heart.

The story explores a young mole family including three young pups (Magnus, Maisy and Cinders) and the everyday experience of living underground and seeking out true happiness. The story highlights the importance of relationships and what makes us joyful.

Anthony Zarb, writer and illustrator, provides an enchanting underground tale that we can all relate to. This book is worth reading to your kids and a reminder to us all to appreciate what we have.

Dimity Mullane, Penrith City Council

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