Island of the Aunts School & Library Binding – Sep 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Three aging aunts who need help caring for their magical animals resort to kidnapping suitable candidates. PW wrote, "The author's exquisite sense of humor plus an imaginative and memorable cast of characters make this a rollicking escapade." Ages 8-12.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-It isn't easy taking care of an entire island and its needy, sometimes magical inhabitants and visitors, so the caregivers, Aunts Myrtle, Etta, and Coral, decide to kidnap three children from London to help them with such tasks as cleaning mermaids who were caught in an oil slick and coaxing an egg-bound boobrie to lay its enormous eggs. Two of the children, Fabio and Minette, turn out to be enthusiastic workers who grow to love the island and their charges, but Lambert Sprott is a cell-phone-addicted brat. In fact, it is Lambert's nefarious father who, in rescuing his son, makes a near-successful attempt to exploit the isle's magical creatures for his own gain. The tone of this book is as no-nonsense as stern but kind Aunt Etta. No mercy is shown to self-obsessed, environment-polluting grown-ups and nasty, ill-behaved children, but sanctimony is held at bay by the dry humor that permeates the story. The plunder of the sanctuary by Mr. Sprott and his crew is filled with scenes of real menace and suspense-readers will not be able to put the book down until they know for sure that all the island's inhabitants are safe and sound. The 14 black-and-white illustrations add quiet charm and humor. A fine choice for fantasy lovers, especially fans of E. Nesbit, Edward Eager, and Jane Langton.
Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Top Customer Reviews
I liked this book because it shows that there is a better place than going between your parents houses or being turned into someone you don't want to be. I also like it because it shows bonds between families and friends alike.
I don't have a certain favorite part so I'll tell some of my favorites. One scene is when the baby kraken hums his first hum it's a hum of distress. He calls on his father for help. Another scene I like is when . . . you'll have to read it.
I would recommend this book to animal lovers.
Minette is a girl whose parents are divorced, and live very far away from each other. Both of her houses are fairly small. Fabio is a boy who goes to a horrible school and lives with his grandparents in a fairly large house.
The two only have one thing in commen... They were both captured by Aunts (that is aunts the relatives not the bugs)! In this wacky fantasy story, the Aunts take them to an island were their lives are changed forever and they become friends. A kraken (you'll have to find out what that is) comes and gives them his baby kraken. It's their job to protect the kraken's son from people who want to harm it. Can they take care of the baby kraken? I bet you can figure that out by reading the book! From this book I learned that you shouldn't be afraid of new things, try it out before you overlook it. I thought that this was a great book because the auther thought up animals that are pretty hard to imagine in real life. There is a great setting because they were on an island and that is very unusual so I think this is a cool setting. Some other books by Eva Ibbotson are: Which Witch? The Secret of Platform 13, Journey To The River Sea, and Dial a Ghost. I like her books also because she has chapters that aren't too long or too short, and she also knows how to put things so that people will understand what she means. I think that this book would be good for readers 3rd grade and up.
By: Eva Ibbotson
Reviewed by: d Kim
The story is about a boy and a girl in their tens or so kidnapped to a mysterious island by a group of aunts. The aunts that kidnapped them for a good reason because that needed the children to take care of an amazing island when they died. The island is not the regular island. It contains mermaids, selkies, boobries, and many more. The aunts try to teach them the things to take care of the island and not to have favorites. The kids learn how to manage the island and then they slowly start to love it.
I really liked this book because it is filled with many wonderful things. It shows how a boobrie's egg (a boobrie is a huge bird) can be cooked into 72 omelets. It also shows how a selkie, a mysterious seal can talk to humans. The kids are also introduced to a group of very unusual mermaids in a little house. It even shows a stoorworm (a huge worm that swims in water) talk to them without harming them. They luckily meet a spirit filled with good that wasn't seen for a hundred years.
I also liked this book because it shows when one of the aunts kidnaps an annoying boy. The boy yells for his cell phone and complains about everything. He reminds me of my little brother who does nothing and is very annoying. The bad boy (his name is Lambert) has a very rich father and always gets what he wants. One day he finds his cell phone and causes them a lot of trouble. Lambert's father comes and causes lots of damage to the island.
My favorite part is when the aunts introduce the two kids to their father. Their father is a very old man; he is over a hundred years old and very deaf and blind.Read more ›
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This is without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read! No matter what kind of mood I'm in it never fails to make me laugh! Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by Rowena
Island of the Aunts -- by Eva Ibbotson
Island of the Aunts is an exciting book about three kidnapped children who are taken to a secret island where there are many magical... Read more
This book can be loved not only by fantsy readers but by everyone! This has to be Ibbostons best!Published on July 3 2003
This was such a fantastic book, that if you decided not to read it, you would be missing a great treat. From the minute that I picked up this book, I could not set it down! Read morePublished on May 30 2003
I love this book because it has fantasy in the book and I really liked the animals in the book.I think that anyone could injoy this book really well.Published on Feb. 13 2003
I thought island of the aunts was so so. I liked when they were kidnaping the children and the beggening was kind of bad.Published on Feb. 13 2003
The book is about three aunts.Their names are Myrtle,Coral,and Etta.They kidnap three children:Minette, Fabio, And Lambert.I liked it.Published on Feb. 13 2003
I'm half and half because I like the humor in this book and there's absoulutly not that much ACTION!!Published on Feb. 13 2003