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  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142300497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142300497
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eva Ibbotson, born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner (21 January 1925 20 October 2010), was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her children's books. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for the young adult market in recent years. For the historical novel Journey to the River Sea (Macmillan, 2001), she won the Smarties Prize in category 9 11 years, garnered unusual commendation as runner up for the Guardian Prize, and made the Carnegie, Whitbread, and Blue Peter shortlists. She was a finalist for the 2010 Guardian Prize at the time of her death. Her last book, The Abominables, was one of eight books on the longlist for the same award in 2012.

Kevin Hawkes has illustrated more than forty books for children, included the "New York Times" bestseller "The Library Lion", "Weslandia", Michael Ian Black s "A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea", and "Santa in Cincinatti". He lives in Southern Maine, where he can be found wandering aimlessly in his garden, unless forced indoors, where he creates imaginary landscapes with cobalt blue skies.


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"Kidnapping children is not a good idea. All the same, sometimes it has to be done."
These are the opening words of "The Island of Aunts" and they set the tone for the wry, gentle humour of this charming book. If you'd love to be whisked away to a hidden island and help look after amazing creatures like: Krakens, boobrie birds, selkies, stoorworms and mermaids - then this is the book for you.
The writing is both magical and poetical - and manages to carriy a wonderfully uplifting conservationist message with such subtlety, that the reader is hardly aware of it. The child characters are a delight - and the aunts ... well, the aunts are as all good aunts should be: utterly dotty!
A wonderful book by Eva Ibbotson. However, if you are an Ibbotson fan, make certain you haven't got a copy already; it's also sold on amazon with an alternate title : "Monster Mission!"
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This is a wonderful book. My 9 year old loved it. From the opening sentence "Kidnapping children is never pleasant but sometimes it has to be done" this book is enchanting. This is the story of three eccentric and loveable aunts living on a magical island and caring for a host of fantastic creatures who's existence is threatened by a wicked developer. To ensure the creatures existence they hatch a plan which requires the kidnapping of two children for it's execution (only they accidentally end up with three!) The children (who's homes, in the best fairytale tradition, were not entirely happy)learn to care for a disgruntled mermaid family, a depressed worme and a baby narwahl and ultimatly discover hidden resources within themselves to save the island. Funny and magical. Well worth reading. I loved it almost as much as my daughter.
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Brilliant book. But beware - the same story is also published with different title - Monster Mission. So, we ended up ordering two books - because we love Eva Ibbotson so much. This version has great illustrations.
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My daughter is nine and luckily for me still enjoys being read to at night. Eva Ibbotson is a wonderful writer who will in the future become one of the best loved writers of children's literature for sure. This book is on a par with Journey to the River Sea and demonstrates the authors’ ability to reach out and engage with the imaginations of the children she is writing for. Her storylines are always engaging; at one moment my child is aghast at the possibility of disaster and in the next sighing with relief as disaster is averted.
In this book I will never forget the joy of my daughter suddenly shouting "he has a ###!" out loud as I read to her. Superb.
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Haven't yet found an Eva Ibbotson my 9 year old and I haven't enjoyed but this one perhaps even more so, imaginative and great fun!
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