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Treasure Island: The Graphic Novel (Puffin Graphics) Paperback – September 8, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0142404706 ISBN-10: 0142404705

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Puffin Graphics (Graphic Novels)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (September 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142404705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142404706
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9–Jim Hawkins, Billy Bones, Ben Gunn, and Long John Silver come alive again in this faithful adaptation of the classic novel, which retains much of the original language. Billy Bones is still struck dead by apoplexy and the parrot still cries pieces of eight, for example. The stark visuals are often gripping, most notably in the scene in which Billy Bones first appears and later when Jim Hawkins fights for his life against Israel Hands aboard the Hispaniola. The section entitled The Making of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island includes concept sketches, photos of Hamilton's friends that he used as models for his characters, and information on his artistic techniques. Readers will also learn that the author approaches storytelling in a cinematic way, which may explain why there are so many images of characters' faces hidden dramatically in shadows. Older children and teens will find this to be a compelling read, and it can help to bridge the gap in your library between graphic novels and the classics.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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About the Author

Tim Hamilton lives in Brooklyn, New York.

More About the Author

Tim Hamilton lives in Brooklyn, NY, and has produced work for The
New York Times, Cicada Magazine, King Features, Marvel, IDW, BOOM,
DC Comics, Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, Dow Jones,Lifetime,
ABC Television and Activatecomix.com.

He adapted "Treasure Island" into a graphic novel for Puffin
Graphics,and in 2010 
he adapted Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451″ into
a graphic novel for Hill & Wang with Mr. Bradbury's blessing. The
resulting book was nominated for an Eisner award in the "Best
Adaptation of Another Work" category. He is a founding member of
the online cartoonist collective know as ACT-I-VATE, where his
original graphic novel "Adventures of the Floating Elephant" is
updated monthly.

Tim does a warm-up sketch EVERY morning along with
his studio mates. See them at Drawbridge.

Tim was once a clue on the quiz show Jeopardy.

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. lehor on August 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Treasure Island is my favorite book. I look for things like this graphic novel variation. First the art is great. It captures the feel of the story. It's dark and erie. The story is well paced and stays true to the original source material. The characters come alive before the reader's eye's. This is great reading for youths or adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.S.Thurlow TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2010
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Robert Louis Stevenson's classic pirate adventure tale "Treasure Island" comes to life as a graphic novel by artist Tim Hamilton. Hamilton faithfully recreates the pacing and suspense of the original story, along with the well-remembered characters and much of the original dialogue, for an audience at the middle school level.

As in the original, an aging "Captain" Billy Bones settles in at the old Admiral Benbow Inn, where young Jim Hawkins helps him keep a "weather eye" out for a seafaring man with one leg. Trouble arrives in the form of the Captain's old shipmates Black Dog and Old Pew. Hawkins escapes with an old map, which his friends Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesay identify as the treasure map of the fearsome pirate Captain Flint.

Hawkins accompanies an expedition to find the treasure, sailing on the "Hispaniola" as cabin boy. Once at "Treasure Island," Hawkins and his friends will face a mutiny, pirates, and the mysteries of the island itself while in search of buried treasure.

Hamilton's artwork is dramatically rendered in black and white, with lots of shadows and a variety of sight angles that heighten the suspense of the story. Included is a "making of" feature showing some of Hamilton's storyboard sketches and live models. This reviewer wishes the graphic novel had been printed in a full-size book, not the small paperback on offer here. However, "Treasure Island: The Graphic Novel" is highly recommended for young audiences and for parents hoping to coax their children into reading the original story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F'nA on December 26, 2012
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Not a good version of this classic story, I have read other graphic novels of this title. Go for the one by Marvel because this one skips over any details that build up intensity in the story. And the artwork is very plain black and white.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Liebler on January 10, 2013
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This is a graphic novel of TI. Not a kids version per se. But none the less, something different for the Graphic Novel fan. I'm no overly excited about it. Wish the quality of the paper was a little bit better to help with the visibility of the graphics. It's all black and white - no color.
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Do I really need to summarize this book? It’s Treasure Island, a classic for Pete’s sake! Ok, ok…Jim Hawkins is a young son of an innkeeper. When a drunken pirate, Billy Bones, comes to stay at the inn he tells Jim many different stories, but he also has Jim keep a weather eye out for a pirate with a wooden leg. Hawkins and Long John Silver end up sailing to an island looking for buried treasure. Much shenanigans ensue.

Ok, I’ve read Treasure Island before. But this is the graphic novel. It does a pretty good job of conveying everything that was in the original book in a short amount of pages. I didn’t particularly care for the artwork though. It seemed sparse and unfinished. But then again, I like a lot of detail and color. If you want a short quick read of Treasure Island then this graphic novel may do the trick.
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Treasure Island has will always be one of my favorite adventure tales and when I saw that there was a graphic novel adapting it, I bought it right away. I was so excited reading this one! For some reviewers, they point out that the art is lacking and pace of the writing being off, but I disagree. The art is yes, not like the "typical" graphic novel, but that is what I found so intriguing! It is gritty and raw and because the story is all told as if Jim Hawkins himself is telling the story, with this adaptation it is as if he has sketched the drawings himself aswell. Which, for me, added great depth to the story. I look forward to seeing more from this artist.
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