Home :: Browse All Books :: Ollie's Treasure

Ollie's Treasure

Ollie's Treasure
Our price:
including GST
Lynn Jenkins & Kirrili Lonergan

Ollie’s Treasure

Happiness is Easy to Find if You Just Know Where to Look!

Lynn Jenkins & Kirrili Lonergan

EK Books

Ollie's Treasure's official book launch is this month at Wallsend District Library! Click here for more information.

Ollie’s Treasure is tale of mindfulness for young, developing minds. It’s a story about how simply noticing and taking in what is on offer to our senses can lead to the Holy Grail of treasure — happiness. Ollie’s Treasure takes children on a treasure hunt. Ollie’s grandma sends him a treasure map that promises to lead him to ‘something that will make him happy always’. Of course, Ollie thinks this ‘something’ will be a toy of some sort, but he gets both a rude shock and a big surprise when his treasure turns out to be him! By following his grandmother’s treasure map, he is taken on a journey of his senses, encouraged to notice what he can see, hear, touch, smell and taste. It comes as quite a surprise to him to realise that noticing such things makes him feel happy, and that the key to happiness can be found in his own mind not in material possessions. 

Lynn Jenkins is a clinical psychologist, author and mother of three. Lynn is passionate about early intervention in the social and emotional development of children, and has written two previous picture books on the topics of anxiety and worry (Lessons of a LAC and Brave) as well as two non-fiction titles for adults, Best Start and School Start

Kirrili Lonergan is a children’s book illustrator and mother of four. She has illustrated several picture books (Lessons of a LAC, Brave and Dandelions) as well as creating designs for clothes, prints and pottery. She is passionate about illustrating picture books that have a ‘healing’ message and has a great understanding of the need for such books as a result of her previous work as a paediatric nurse.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 215 x 288 mm | Colour | 32 Pages | 




Aussie Reviews , December 2017

"‘Ollie’s Treasure’ has a clear purpose: to model mindfulness in young children...Illustrations clearly depict Ollie’s emotions. Recommended for pre- and early-schoolers."Click here to view

The Mummy Project, November 2017

"This cleverly written book by local author and psychologist Lynn Jenkins introduces the concept of mindfulness to kids."Click here to view.

Educating Young Children, September 2017

"Through simple text, this charming story sends a powerful reminder of how many of us who are in search of happiness do not realise that happiness starts from within"

Reading Eagle, August 2017

"A lovely and important book that extols the importance of learning to be content with yourself, which will always make you happy."

Linda's Little Lit Reviews, August 2017

"Jenkins reminds us how the little things in life become commonplace, losing their uniqueness, but should be experienced as treasures themselves. Through Lonergan's animated watercolor and ink illustrations, readers will enjoy the "cheeky rat" Ollie as he hops, jumps, and spins his way across the pages filled with beehive-shaped houses and colorful gardens using each of his senses... A wonderful exercise in finding that happiness isn't that far away, and is perfect to use in the classroom."

Boomerang Books, July 2017

"A gorgeous testimony to the art and importance of mindfulness, Ollie’s Treasure reinforces the value of appreciating the simple enduring things in life, like a grandmother’s love, over mere materialistic possessions.  Dreamy illustrations and gentle prose make this a story to share."

Red Reading Hub, July 2017

"as part of a programme for young children’s mental health and well-being, it offers a good starting point for reflection and discussion."

Pinerolo, July 2017

“Ollie’s Treasure by Lynn Jenkins & Kirrili Lonergan (EK Books). Happiness is easy to find and we are all treasures in our own way. A touching and heartwarming story that ends in a big hug. Lovely for grandparents to share with their grandchildren – all treasures.”

Kids on The Coast, July 2017

"A tale of mindfulness for young developing minds"

Jnr Bookworms Book Review, June 2017

"They enjoyed Ollie’s treasure hunt and found the illustrations wonderful. The children all agreed the best part was when he realised that he actually had the treasure the whole time. The teachers loved this book and thought the story was beautiful and a great book to show the wonders of things if we just look around."

Literacy, Family and Learning, June 2017

"a story that points to the value of mindfulness for our children in a world of hustle and bustle and gadgets"

The Weekly Times, June 2017

"fun-filled picture book about mindfulness"

In The Good Books, June 2017

"This picture book sends a very important message to children in an uncomplicated way about encouraging mindfulness and living 'in the now.’ It is a lovely story that I am sure young readers would enjoy!"

The Bottom Shelf, June 2017

"An original story with a wonderful message."

Boffins Books, May 2017

"Ollie's Treasure is such a beautifully illustrated book and will relax children using mindfulness techniques to tune in to the sounds, smells, taste and touch that calm the mind and body and help them take a step back to enjoy life and the simple joy of little things." 

Books+Publishing, May 2017

"Author and clinical psychologist Lynn Jenkins is savvy about the tools for engaging the social and emotional development of children, and Kirrili Lonergan’s illustrations are vibrant and energetic, depicting Ollie (a mouse) in constant action."

SchoolDays, May 2017

"An interesting story to teach young children how to find happiness in things other than toys.  A good book with a simple but important story for all young children. Do get it!"


ABC Newcastle - Mornings with Jenny Marchant, June 2017

"Ollie goes on a treasure hunt and learns it is not about the treasure but the journey"Click here to listen.

Ultra 106 Five, June 2017 

Lynn caught up with Dave from Ultra 106 Five Hobart to talk about her new children's picture book, Ollie's Treasure. Listen to the interview here.

Gift certificates