Masquerade by Kit Williams is an illustrated children′s fantasy puzzle book. Originally published in August 1979, the book contains clues within its illustrations as to the whereabouts of a small gold and jewelled amulet hare (worth £5,000 or $8,225 at the time - a decent but not excessive prize for 30 years ago) that had been buried somewhere in the United Kingdom. In an era before search engines, the idea of a search for real buried treasure turned the book into a worldwide bestseller.
Not only did Williams′ illustrations hold the key to buried treasure, they are beautiful and intriguing depictions of English wildlife accompanied by a captivating storyline. The moon falls in love with the sun and wants to give him a token of her affection, and sends Jack Hare as her courier. Masquerade describes his journey to deliver the moon′s amulet to the sun. But somewhere along the way Jack Hare drops the amulet and the reader must unravel the clues to find the buried treasure.