Even tho this book is old it isn't out dated. The story is exciting and fun. My 7 year old loves all of the Famous Five books. There is a hint of danger but also the children are resourseful and make sound, safe choices. In this one George's mother is taken to the hospital and her father goes along leaving the kids with the temporary house keeper Mrs Stick. She and her son are mean and sneaky so the children run away to Kirrin Island until George's parents return. While out there they uncover a wicket plot and foil the bad guys who are familiar characters. This is the third story in the series, I ordered 4 more so we can read about the other exciting adventures. Because they are in England at an earlier time some words are different for us, but that is part of the fun because we can...
I remember reading this book as a child and loving it. Recently while stuck at home with the chicken-pox I decided to dust off and reread my old famous fives. This one is still one of my favourites. I particularly loved the scene where the children decide to scare the Sticks with animal noises echoing through the tunnels. Even as an adult that still cracks me up! And does anyone else love reading about the food the kids eat? The scene where Julian barged into the kitchen and removed the roast chicken and treacle tart still makes my mouth water - and I've never tasted treacle tart!
This was one of my favorites books in a serries that was a hall mark of my childhood. The children in Blyton's books have adventures that include burried treasure and secret rooms. They are gripping with nary a hint of magic wands or video games. In our world of internet and cell phones some of their problems will seem no challenge to modern children, but for those who can see these in the world in which they were set, they are wonderous.
In this adventure the children are forced to fend for themselves as their aunt is suddenly taken ill and forced to hospital, leaving them under the thumb of a venomus servant who has other plans herself.
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