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Praise for Arlo’s Treasure

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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