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.
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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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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