In a particularly challenging maze book, readers must thread their way through a host of evil environments (one tricky maze per spread) on the island of Terrormazia in pursuit of the treasure hidden alongside Crocodile Creek. Simultaneously, they are eluding Captain Sharkskin, a brutish little bugger who is forever threatening the maze-goer with epithets. Each spread is a study in villainy: hovering pirates, snapping crocs, rattling bones, and giant spiders. Mansell's illustrations are a busy swarm of activity â€¦ la Waldo (right down to characters sporting red-and-white striped shirts); the throngs are lent coherence by sharp inked lines and crisp colors. There are, thankfully, a thousand entertaining incidentals on each page to amuse readers who find themselves lost in dead ends and back alleys. Emerging from each maze to drop through the holes known as ""magic tunnels"" to the next page requires memory and persistence and delivers a real sense of accomplishment. A test of concentration, this one may seduce reluctant or less-adept readers to spend some time in the funhouse.