Five on a Treasure Island – Blyton – review

Five on a Treasure Island (The Famous Five, Book 1)Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review will have to do for all the Famous Five books, because, well really, it’s just the same story over and over again.
But that ‘sameness’ is the very reason I come back to the Famous Five even now. There’s something very satisfying about knowing that the Five will triumph, despite all the set-backs, baddies and dire (unlikely) occurences. End Blyton was a queen of the ‘safe’ book – predictable in a very British sort of way, but with four capable, clever and courageous protagonists, who had their foibles, but were, in the end, the victors.
I wanted to be George so much! Anne was too prissy for me, Julian too grown-up, Dick was OK, but George and Timmy were fearless, head-strong and in deep, deep doggy love with each other. And I loved her for it.
If you haven’t read then for a while, or ever, read them for a time gone by, read them for the language of a time and place that no longer exists, and read them for the fun.

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