The Famous Five's Survival Guide: includes the NEW Unsolved Mystery (Famous Five Gift Books and Collections) Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008
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The Royal Dragon of Siam is a treasure lost when a ship sinks off the Isles of Scilly. This is the only mystery never solved by the Famous Five - and here's the opportunity for readers everywhere to solve it themselves, using all the information presented for them by the Five - with lots of useful information on surviving outdoors, too.
About the Author
Enid Blyton was born in East Dulwich, South London, in 1897. She wrote over six hundred books in her lifetime, including many of the 20th century's most popular children's series. Some of her best-known works include the Famous Five, the Secret Seven, Malory Towers, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Wishing Chair and Noddy. Enid Blyton died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers and is consistently voted a children's favourite in reader polls.
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The book is not only packed with plenty of articles on how to survive various situations, such as shipwrecks, being lost, crossing rivers, cracking codes,climbing rocks,spotting a liar, etc, but also contains a full-length new Famous Five story about a long lost treasure. The story portion of the book is excellently illustrated in full colour, in a style very reminiscent of the original 'Fives' illustrator, Eileen Soper.
Where this book really comes into its own, however, is the fact that the narrative isnt written by an author trying to emulate the style of Enid Blyton, so the style is never uncomfortably compared to that of the originals. It is supposedly a joint effort from the four human members of the Five themselves(now grown to adulthood) who experienced this mystery/adventure way back in 1959 but, unlike their other adventures, were unable to solve it at the time.
This clever ploy on behalf of the publishers fits in perfectly with the fact that Blyton never actually produced a 'Five' book in 1959 (the only year, between 1942 and 1963 that she failed to do so)
The 'Five' offer the reader a chance to solve the mystery for themselves, supplying them with all of the clues they collected as children: maps, plans, diary extracts etc, in order to do so. There are letters to read, codes to decipher, plans and maps to follow.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was given this book as a gift and really enjoyed working out the puzzles and at the end the mystery! At the end it says to check your answer at 'www.famousfive.co. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lucy T
So pleased with this get I bought for a friend I almost kept it for myself!Published 18 months ago by sharon chilcott
Thank you for getting it to me before Christmas, my daughter was trilled with it, was her best Christmas present, she run around the yard yelling "this is the best present... Read morePublished 19 months ago by lesley stevenson