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Famous Five: 1: Five On A Treasure Island Hardcover – 19 Nov 1997

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; New edition edition (19 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340704004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340704004
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 22.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 637,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The prize must go to the adventures of George and co. Listed as one of the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels) (The Daily Telegraph)

One of the 50 books every child should read by Age 16 (essexbaby.co.uk)

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New and contemporary cover treatment brings The Famous Five into the 21st Century, and to a whole new generation of readers! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bappled! on 8 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Well, these books were all on sale at a local discount bookshop - all hardback too (nice!) and I have to say, what a trip down memory lane. I grew up on many books, including the Famous Five adventures. I am now almost 26 and I couldn't resist getting a few additions to my sort of Famous-Fiveless bookshelf.

I loved the books back then and I'm happy to say I love them, reading them all again now. George is still one of my all-time favourite children's literature characters, Anne still annoys me (in a very endearing way), Dick still makes me laugh and I still roll my eyes at Julian, who seems to think he knows best (which I think is big brother's privilage). I am continuing my trip along memory lane with a sudden (and familiar) obsession with the series.

Alright, Enid Blyton books never are as twisted, humerous and devious as - say - Roald Dahl (another writer I'm very fond of and who I adored in my younger days) and certainly not as dark as a few famous fairy-tales. It's all very ideal and quaint and sugary sweet and a bit 'jolly-hockeysticks' in places - but it's still wonderful. I can see why today's children might find Enid Blyton a little too pure and maybe 'boring' for thier liking, but I don't think you can get away from the fact these books are just filled with adventure - adventures that children can cope with. Realistically, I mean. It's not about saving the world and a race of special aliens - and that's fine by me.

These are books of the time when it was written and reflect a few attitudes that were prominant at the time - I get a feel of children should be seen and not heard, girls should like dolls and not do anything too dangerous, the woman is the mother and should run the home, the father is a studier and works and should be left to do so.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2011
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This is the start of the Enid Blyton series of `Famous Five' books. This first book sets the scene, introduces us to Julian, Dick, Ann and their cousin `George' Georgina and of course Tim who is just as important as his human counterparts (he is a dog) and is probably the most important.

Julia, Dick and Anne go and spend their holiday with George and get to experience her Kirrin Island where her ancestors built a castle. Here a shipwreck is thrown up by the storm, and the legend of the gold ingots that were onboard lead the five to find out if it was true. Some others also have this idea and when George's father Quentin sells the island it becomes a race as to who will find the ingots first.

There is much debate about Blyton's writing and style. I chose to reread the original story and not the ones that have been `updated' to appeal to a more modern politically correct audience. Just in case we offend anyone! I think books should be read in their original format, language and all. I implore any new readers to read the original to experience the true Blyton.

None of it offended me when I was a child all I was interested in was the stories and characters. I do not think it has made me a bad person or made me view the world and the people in it differently because I have read Blyton. I have read the first few pages of the up to date Five on Treasure Island and abandoned it very quickly for fear of being offended by the politically correct madness of it!
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163 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Titan on 11 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is not Enid Blyton's original text but an edited version. It is an outrage that this is not made more clear. If I want to read Enid Blyton, I want to read the original words, not a doctored 'modern' version. Apparently the original (first folio) version is still available so you might want to look for that instead of buying this one. I would give the original version 5 stars, incidentally. I loved the Famous Five books as a child.

UPDATE: Amazon is currently adding reviews of each version of the book, to all versions of the book. I was reviewing the 2010 EDITED edition but I see that my review is appearing under the first folio (original) edition too, so please check carefully which book you are ordering. Amazon: I urge you to separate the reviews. The edited 'modern' version is a significantly different book from the original version. The same applies to other books by Enid Blyton that have been doctored.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nicholas.arthur@dtn.ntl.com on 29 May 2000
Format: Paperback
My seven year old son has discovered Enid Blyton in a big way! He describes the book as "brilliant, because it was an exciting treasure story. The way the characters are described helps make it a really exciting read. The best bit of the book is when two of the five get trapped by the bad guys. I won't tell you anymore. I would tell everyone to read it,as the words are clear and it is easy to understand the story.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Popov on 25 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Chapter one, this edition: She wants a good talking to.
Chapter one, older editions: She wants a good spanking.

Enough said.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 May 2004
Format: Paperback
These comments apply to the whole Famous Five series, not just this book. Enid Blyton wrote several series based around groups of children having adventures (The Secret Island series - also excellent, the Secret Seven,) but the Famous Five is the one that seems to stand out, possibly because of the magic extra ingredient of Timmy, the faithful and resourceful dog.
Enid Blyton has been criticised for being too 'middle class', and it is true that the children are ruthlessly polite and well-spoken (and they do sometimes have lashings of ginger beer), while there is frequently an additional child involved who starts out selfish and spoilt, but learns to be 'nice' through association with Julian, Dick and co. However, the stories are none the worse for that.
It is also true that she endlessly recycles the same plot ingredients of secret passages, ruined castles, kidnappers and smugglers, jolly farmers' wives etc, but that is largely where the appeal lies, at least for younger children. My daughter is five, and I honestly thought she was probably too young when I bought one of the books as a 'filler' on a larger order from Amazon, but in fact she was hooked from the start, and in a year or two will be able to read them for herself.
There is something magical about reading a couple of chapters at bedtime, and hearing her say she can't wait to find out what happens next, whilst speculating on the likely identity of the mystery figure in the tower (or whatever). There is also a surprising amount of humour, one example (from Five Get into Trouble) being where the children discover that the 'baddie' is planning to give Timmy poisoned food. They bury the poisoned food safely, before pretending, with feigned innocence, to feed leftovers to the baddie's chickens, sending him into a rage.
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