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Island of the Aunts [School & Library Binding]

Eva Ibbotson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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September 2001
When the kindly old aunts decide that they need help caring for creatures who live on their hidden island, they know that adults can't be trusted. What they need are a few special children who can keep a secret-a secret as big as a magical island. And what better way to get children who can keep really big secrets, than to kidnap them! (After all, some children just plain need to be kidnapped.) Don't miss this wildly inventive and funny read from master storyteller Eva Ibbotson.

"Readers will not be able to put [Island of the Aunts] down! A fine choice for fantasy lovers." (School Library Journal, starred review)

"Eva Ibbotson does magic, humor, and fantasy for ages 8 to 88+, and you'll wish her books were never-ending, so enchanting are her characters and fiendishly funny her plots!" (Book Sense)
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book Of All Time! April 1 2004
By Rowena
Format:Paperback
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! It has just the right mixture of seriousness and silliness so that it's not too much of either one. All in all I'd give it a million stars if I could! Some have complained that it has a nudist colony in one part, but really you'd have to be INSANE and have NO SENSE OF HUMOR at all to find that offensive, because it's not as if it's (...) good lord people LIGHTEN UP!!! You would have to be a huge idiot and have no imagination at all not to love this book! I have recommended this book to all of my friends and they have all LOVED it. (...) Buy it! You won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! March 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
When three aunts go out to chose kids to help out with the work for the animals on the island, two of them were successes one was a failure. The two successes were Fabio and Minette. They hated their life and wanted to go to a third place, a better place. The disaster (Lambert) was a spoiled brat. When the aunts took the children back to the island, drugged, they awoke to a stunning view. Fabio and Minette worked their share of work and were introduced to mermaids, large worms, selkies, a bird the size of an elephant and ghosts. Meanwhile Lambert sat in his room trying to reach his dad on his cell phone. Will he get a hold of his father and will the island's secret be lost forever?

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sam from Richview Middle Shcool March 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Aunt Etta, Aunt Coral, and Aunt Myrtle were three aunts who looked after an island that their father bought a while back. This isn't any ordinary island though. This island has some very strange creatures on it such as a bird the size of an African elephant. Aunt Etta is a very skinny and tall woman with a pointed nose. Aunt Coral was a rather large woman with a fat nose and huge lips. Aunt Myrtle is between her sisters. They are getting very old an need help when they die for some one to look after the island. They decided to kidnap some children and put them to work but its not really kidnapping becausee there's no ransom. The father of one of the children comes to rescue him but he sees all the special creatures. He finally gets talked in to thinking they aren't real. When the children go to trial the aunts are found not guilty. I liked the book because it was filled with adventure and its one of those kinds of books that you want ot find out what's going to happen next and you keep reading and reading to find out. It has a twist to it. The unusual creatures are cool. I think if your commited to reading it would be an interesting book for some one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Island of the Aunts Nov. 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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 creatures. It is a great fantasy book about friendship, trust, loyalty, and fun. The main characters in this book are extremely realistic.
Island of the Aunts is a highly recommended book. The author described the scenes using vivid descriptions, so the reader can easily picture the situation and actually felt like part of the story rather than an observer reading a book. The author easily held the reader's attention with descriptive and exciting events. Each event in this creative story was well crafted to leave the reader wondering what was going to happen next. The adventurous and daring characters had many realistic qualities that made the story very believable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantsy lovers [only!!!] July 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book can be loved not only by fantsy readers but by everyone! This has to be Ibbostons best!
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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! It is so well written, and there are some hilarious parts that will make you cry with laughter. The author describes each character so well, and each one's personality comes across perfectly. Ibbotson creates a mystical world of mermaids, talking seals, large whales ("krakens"), huge birds, friendly giant swamp worms, and a great assortment of other creatures. If you like Harry Potter, this book is just for you, and if you don't like Harry Potter, you should try reading this book anyway. I bet you'll like it! You should also try reading "Which Witch" and "The Secret of Platform 13" by the same author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Island Of The Aunts March 28 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This story takes place on a small island with very strange animals.
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.
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