Book Reviews: The Famous Five #1-2

Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton

Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five, #1)
by Enid Blyton, Eileen A. Soper (Illustrator)

3.5 stars
Three siblings go to visit their cousin and explore a small island just off the coast. One day a storm uncovers a wrecked ship that had been sunk generations ago. The storm throws the sunken ship up onto the rocks of the island. The children explore the wreck and discover a treasure map for gold ingots that are hidden in the ruins of the island.

It took me half the book to realize that the fifth person of the “Famous Five” is actually the dog. I kept waiting for another character to show up in the story, wondering where the mysterious fifth person was going to come in. Haha! I was a bit disappointed that it’s only the dog.

I enjoyed the mystery of the plot and all the adventures the children have, but the plot was a bit slow. Thankfully, the writing is so charming that I didn’t mind the slow plot. The treasure hunt was very interesting and the ending was satisfying as there are plenty of obstacles and dangers to be overcome before the children can actually recover the gold treasure.

I loved the beautiful ink illustrations in this edition! It really sparked my imagination.

Although the story is mostly focused on the plot, there is a bit of character development for the siblings and their cousin. They don’t get along very well in the beginning, since their cousin is a little belligerent. But as they explore together, they begin to understand each other better. The cousin matures a little more and learns to keep her temper, so they get along much better.

This is such a fun and wholesome book!

Five Go Adventuring Again by Enid Blyton

Five Go Adventuring Again
by Enid Blyton, Eileen A. Soper (Illustrator)

3.5 stars
Three siblings visit their cousin for the Christmas holidays. The children have made poor grades in school, so they have to have a tutor through the winter break to bring up their scores. Mr. Roland, the tutor, is friendly but strict, and he hates dogs. The dog, Timothy, seems to hate Mr. Roland too, and the children find that suspicious. When the children discover an old scrap with Latin writing, they are forced to ask for Mr. Roland’s help in translating the ancient words. Could there be a secret in the house that goes back for hundreds of years?

I enjoyed the mystery of the plot and all the adventures the children have, but the plot was a bit slow. Thankfully, the writing is so charming that I didn’t mind the slow plot. The clues for the mystery are unraveled bit by bit, and the direction of the mystery was very obvious, so I got a little impatient to just get on with it, since I had already guessed what would happen. But it was enjoyable to see it all unfold!

I enjoyed reading about their little Christmas celebrations, and it was inspiring to see how they band together against a common enemy.

Although the story is mostly focused on the plot, there is a bit of character development for the siblings and their cousin. I especially liked that the children gain the trust of the adults through their truthfulness and honesty.

One thought on “Book Reviews: The Famous Five #1-2

  1. I’m so happy you’re reading one of my all time favourite and cherished childhood reads that shaped established my love for reading! I don’t remember them being slow, but again I was a little girl and experienced shear joy and excitement from them!

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