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A Most Jolly Adventure
on 28 August 2015
As a self-declared Famous Five fanatic, I find Five Go Off in a Caravan, perhaps, the most tepid adventure so far. Of course, I think it would appeal to its child audience, what with the circus animals including Pongo the chimp! But I get the sense that there really isn't much of an adventure here, not until the later stages of the book anyhow.
It moves along rather slowly, describing the children's holiday more than building up the obvious mysterious goings on with Tiger Dan and Lou. I quite liked Nobby's character, and Anne seems to have more of a storyline in this one, which was nice. George tends to fade into the background, which is inevitable when there are so many protagonists to focus on.
I also found that this instalment really showed its age. It felt disconnected, whereas the previous ones had an old charm to them. It does get better though, especially when they travel underground in search of what is going on. The later fight scenes are a welcome injection to the book's pretty lifeless story too.