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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The first thing that strikes you about this book is just how much you get for your money. It's nearly 2CM thick with a cover face that measure 24CM x 30CM. Its solid hardback covers have been given the appearance of an old faded logbook and inside there are scores of Michael Foreman's evocative watercolour illustrations.

What can you say about Treasure Island the story that hasn't alrady been said over the last 120 years or so? It's worth pointing out that (as far as I can tell) this is the original Stevenson text and younger readers are going to struggle with both the style of writing and its slightly unfamiliar use of words. I would have thought that most twelve year olds would be pretty comfortable reading it themselves, but any younger than that and it's bed time story material. At 226 pages it's still going to take a few nights of reading to get through, but the type is large, the chapters are short and because it was originally serialised in a children's magazine, Stevenson wrote in plenty of cliff-hangers.

I didn't actually buy this book with the short-term goal of reading it to my children, although when the time is right I will certainly do that. To be honest I just wanted to read Treasure Island for myself and thought that this version looked like a good deal - which it undeniably is!

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest - Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest - Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Treasure Island is a well loved classic piece of literature. Out of copyright with hundreds of editions available at a very low price and free to download on the web this childrens' edition HAD to be special to warrant the price. Luckily this book is worth the 'pieces of eight' (Is the almost all eights price a coincidence? or do Amazon have a sense of humour?!).
This illustrated edition is beautifully presented. The quality makes it a treasure. Weighing in at over 1.5kg and matching the largest sized book on my childrens bookshelves this is a perfect bedtime story book. Short, snappy chapters make it easy to read a chapter a night. There are plenty of illustrations to make reading it an even more atmospheric experience. Some of the images involve skeletons and scary pirate action and should enthrall older children.
It's a tale of pirates on the high seas with young hero Jim Hawkins having the adventure of a lifetime chasing treasure and meeting one of the memorable and brillant characters ever written - Long John Silver.
It's a lovely edition with large size print making it ideal for younger readers. The foreword by Michael Morpurgo is also an entertaining touch. A foreword to read rather than skim through for a change...
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum...
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WOW! Opening the parcel in which this arrived, I couldn't help but exclaim at this edition's beauty. It's a big book, as tall as, and wider than A4 and in textured dark blue hardcover with gold trim, opening it is almost like opening an old pirate's treasure chest.
Foreman's illustrations are rich in colour yet the use of watercolour gives a timeless classic feel which is the perfect accompaniment to Robert Louis Stephenson's classic story which was first published in 1883. There's a picture every two or three turns of the page, and they are softly realistic rather than heavily, sparking the imagination.
The tale itself is a gripping yarn of gold and adventure on the high seas to farawy places set in the mid 18th century. A young lad, Jim Hawkins, stumbles upon a treasure map and embarks on a perilous journey alongside the mysterious Long John Silver to a sinister Treasure Island where he faces a crew divided by mutiny and capture by cut-throat pirates. It's an exciting story, and although the od-fashioned language may prove a stumbling block to some readers, it is worth sticking with: this book has stood the test of time for good reason. It's an irresistible adventure and this is an irresistible version for anyone, and boys aged 9+ in particular.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 26 November 2009
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My immediate impression upon taking delivery was that this book is larger and heavier than I had expected, although this was a pleasant surprise as it makes the book feel more substantial and of better perceived quality. Among the 226 pages and 34 chapters there are 54 colour drawings of various sizes by Michael Foreman, some less than a quarter-page in size, some full page and some covering two adjacent pages. The overall impression after a couple of minutes' perusal is that it looks and feels suitable for children of varying ages, from early primary school to mid-high school. The story itself of course is one of the best known tales in history, one that many of us have read at some point in our lives and it is as wonderful today as it has always been. It is the classic tale of high-seas adventure, mysterious maps, peg-legged pirates and fabulous buried treasure, one that has sparked children's imaginations for generations.

This would make a nice present and also a good partner to Aesop's Fables (Illustrated Classics) by the same publisher, as both books are the same size and dimensions and very similar in style.
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VINE VOICEon 5 January 2010
I was eagerly awaiting this to read to my 8-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. As it happened, the teens joined in as well, drawn to the timeless tale of Jim Hawkins in search of the treasure. The reason for acquiring this book was 1. to allow my kids to hear the real story (not some muppet-infested DVD), and I was looking forward to some really great illustrations. While they are not bad, they are definitely not to my taste. The book itself is a lovely hardback edition, with heavy pages, and who knows, you may even like the illustrations which will always be a personal thing.
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on 13 December 2009
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There are not many people who have not either read Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale, Treasure Island or seem a film about the story. From early childhood children love any account of pirates and treasure. Captain Long John Silver is the famous peg-legged pirate, who everyone knows wants the treasure and will apparently stop at nothing to get his hands on it.

So what can yet another book featuring Treasure Island provide? Surely there have been many Treasure Island books published, is there any need for yet another one?

Well when you pick this book up you will notice how heavy and impressive it appears. The book has been made to look old in a very convincing manner. It feels as though you are opening up an old, old book with an exciting, swashbuckling tale to tell. And when you do open this book up Michael Foreman's sumptuous colour images bring the story to life, so important when relating tales to young ones, because images help them to visualise the story in their young minds.

Yes there are a lot of Treasure Island books out there, but none have been produced with the tender care and wonders of this book. The generation brought up with "Pirates of The Caribbean" will find plenty here to fire their imaginations.

So, when the lights are low and a terrible storm is raging outside, bedtime stories will take on a whole new meaning, reading from this Treasure Island book. Drifting off to sleep, your children will have their minds filled with the wonders of pirates, sailing ships, black spots, the Jolly Roger and of course the golden treasures, hidden where X marks the spot.

"Ahhhrrr me hearties..."
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This is a really beautiful edition of Treasure Island, unabridged. Treasure Island needs no introduction - let it just be said it's a wonderful adventure story that plunges you straight into the middle of the action.

Michael Foreman has chosen to illustrate the book in the most respectful way, illustrating scenes seen in the text, in a lovely, simple, child-friendly way, which is also quite beautiful. There are illustrations every couple of pages or so, so that many of the spreads have a picture. The book is very large and heavy, making it a wonderful choice for parent and child reading, a real treat, with a luxurious feel. The paper is thick, and the writing is large, so a child who is a good reader could do some of the reading for themselves.

I would heartily recommend this for any child who likes a good, involving story, and who will engage with Long John Silver without worrying too much about whether he is a baddie or a goodie - there's some moral complexity to him, which is not for the most literal and straightforward of kids! Very exciting, and really a lovely edition of the book. Thank you to the publishers for commissioning it, and I hope you'll be doing more in future...
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VINE VOICEon 21 January 2010
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This is a beautiful, large hardback edition of a true classic adventure, and despite its age this story still excites and entertains in spades. Although the illustrations are pretty, they feel somehow rather old fashioned and washed out, and in the end the prose brings the story to life much more vividly. All in all, this is still a quality publication and definitely worthy of space on any bookshelf.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 December 2009
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From the plethora of reviews already you will see that this is a large (A4) and heavy (1.5 kg) book which carries the original RLS story with some wonderful water colour illustration by the renowned Michael Foreman. The quality of the paintings is great - lots of detail (which is faithful to RLS descriptions) for younger eyes to feast on whilst the story is being read to them. The use of colour especially over the two page illustrations is lovely. Foreman's technique is excellent and adults will love the book as much as children.

A mighty tome then, that will last for generations. In the future when kids are using their electronic readers for accessing everything from books to newspapers, it will be books like this one that will be taken down off the shelf to illustrate why books will never disappear completely. A book to be `treasured' and at an exceptionally reasonable price.
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The book is HUGE, a massive quality heavy 226 page work of art!
its full of colour drawings, beautifully illustrated, in fact there are over 50 odd drawings (by Michael Foreman). The story itself is an All Time Classic so no point in going over that - but I was very pleased with this version, I just spent ages perusing it, and admiring the art work. I've read Treasure island, and as a classic and adventure story - it's timeless!
My boy loved the book, and was excited as hell when it came through the post - he's 13, and the quality and beauty made him want to just read it - which he has started!
In this day and age, such lustre to a book encourages the Playstation Generation to pick up a classic and read it!
It'd have pride of place on your bookshelf - even unread - for ever!
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