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Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five) Paperback – June 14, 2001
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The format for the books is essentially the same - a band of children get into a series of adventures thwarting criminals and solving mysteries. It's like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, but imbued with that classic British idiom and that fast-paced, expertly crafted Blyton style that give it an edge over her American counterparts.
The success of the formula is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that the majority of the Blyton books I read were handed down to me from my mother who had received them as a child herself in the 1940s and 1950s. It's an unusual feeling opening a book and seeing it inscribed to a parent when they were your age. There are 21 stories in the series and 40 years later in the 1980s the series was even continued by French author Claude Voilier (who wrote several continuation novels).
Anyhow, this is the novel that started it all and in it we are introduced to the Famous Five - Julian, Dick, Anne, George, and her dog Tim.
As the novel opens Julian, Dick and Anne arrive at their uncle's for the summer where they are introduced to their cousin - the tomboyish Georgina (or George for short).
Together they set out to investigate the nearby island that belongs to George's mother and run straight into danger and adventure. There is a wreck submerged on the island that suppossibly has a fortune in gold inside, but several dives to the ship have yielded nothing.Read more ›
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Review not for the book but for the print.
Don't buy the Legacy Reprint.
The formatting is really bad.
Doesn't look original at all.
I am sending it back.
My all time favourite and my 7 years old loves every bit of the story.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good read for a 7-9 year old. Some adventure and nice life lessons to boot, without crud you don't want your kids reading.Published 2 months ago by Mark Phillips
This is a great story for young folks. I read Enid Blyton when I was a pre-teen and enjoyed them so much. I read this to my wife and she liked it!Published 3 months ago by Gweman
My children love the Famous Five series, and I wanted to buy a copy of the first book for a friend's child. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon customer
I grew up reading my Mums copies of these books. Great adventure books but not scary and highly suitable for kids.Published 5 months ago by Emma Sneed
THE BEST FOR A FIRST READ!
Enid’s books were the catalyst which encouraged me to start reading more than 50 years ago. Thank you, Enid. Read more