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Treasure Island Hardcover – Oct 13 2009
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About the Author
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), the Scottish-born, world-renowned poet and novelist, is best known for TREASURE ISLAND but wrote countless books for children and adults, including A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES and THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE.
John Lawrence is the author-illustrator of THIS LITTLE CHICK, a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. He also illustrated TINY'S BIG ADVENTURE Martin Waddell and SEA HORSE: THE SHYEST FISH IN THE SEA by Chris Butterworth. He lives in Cambridge, England.
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I found this while searching for classics to whet the appetite of the students in our class, many of whom are devouring the Percy Jackson series (Lightening Thief). I am happy to see how that particular series is whetting their appetite for the Greek Myths. D'Aulaires "Book of Greek Myths" is once again flying off the school library shelf as a result. But the modern language of the Percy Jackson series kept nagging me, i.e."Hillary Duff's so yesterday." Also, in "The Titan's Curse", Dionysus is referred to as the "Wine Dude". Dionysus threatens to put the next person who calls him that nickname into a bottle of Merlot.
Please don't misread me, I think the series is engaging and highly educational. Rick Riordon's humor is right on point. I love hearing the kids laugh aloud as they read his books. A new generation is being inspired to delve more deeply into Greek mythology because of one amazingly creative author.
I just wanted to inspire the students with a classic book on its own merit, not because they heard of the story in a hugely popular modern book. "Treasure Island" came first to mind as I began my search. It has all the bawdy and raucous action and language of "The Lightening Thief". And like Percy Jackson, Jim Hawkins' command of the English language balances out the colloquialism's of his pirate companions. When I saw this on display in a local bookstore I couldn't believe my eyes.
John Lawrence's artistic vision & gift put this book over the top. On the back cover flap Lawrence says, "The months I've spent in the company of Robert Louis Stevenson's characters have been exhilarating, and I hope something of my excitement comes across in these illustrations." I can say without reservation that that is exactly what he accomplished. The illustrations are exhilarating and compelling. In some way I would say they do more justice to the story than any film rendition.
So far this book has passed the test. My Percy Jackson readers can't wait to get their hands on this book during free time. I'm thinking of purchasing a second copy to keep up with demand.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I hope more readers young and old rediscover Treasure Island because of John Lawrence's new and refreshing visual take on a wonderful old classic.
Highly recommended to all bibliophiles!!!
treasure hunt. A young boy named Jim, a doctor, and a squire, find a map to an island with
treasure. They gathered a crew, cast off and "the Hispaniola had begun her voyage to the Isle of
Treasure." But the crew is not what it appears to be, and Jim, the doctor, the squire, and a few
close people must abandon ship, fight off these now pirates, and find the treasure alone.
Treasure Island follows the journey of Jim. He is a curious young boy who is not afraid
of death. He is also very smart which allows him to come up with amazing plans, but often they
led him to near death experiences. Jim narrates Treasure Island along with the doctor who narrates only a
few chapters to help explain the story.
This story takes place in 18th century England and on the island known as the "Isle of
Treasure." Due to the period it is set in, there is some historical fiction (the boats, guns, buildings,
etc.), but the story is more of an adventure; there is exploring, death, and of course, treasure
Robert Louis Stevenson purposely wrote Treasure Island to be an easy read, but the old
English dialogue (due to the time it was written) adds a nice challenge for readers. He gives you
the right amount of detail to get the picture he is trying to describe. You know the story is going
to have a favorable ending for Jim, but his details make it easy to get lost in the story that you forget that. Many a
time I was doubtful of the outcome. One of my favorite books, the Hunger Games, is just like
Treasure Island is a good book. It grabbed my attention and I had many late nights
reading it, however, I would not say that it is a great book. The simple wording does make the
book an easy read, but at the same time it does not drag you into the story.
Treasure Island is a good book, not great. I would recommend everyone to read this if
they are looking for an easy, quick read. I would read Treasure Island again and give it three and
a half stars.
This book offers the full text of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, a book that needs to be abridged. It's a great story, but not a great book. There is little benefit to owning the ENTIRE story, except as a vehicle for these illustrations.
My son is a wanna-be illustrator, and these woodcuts are inspirational. You could almost put together a fantastic wordless picture book based on these woodcuts.
I'm raising a family of boys, so this is based on personal experience: I can't recommend a family buy this, since the Robert Louis Stevenson's book is so... overboard. $20 is too much money to spend on a book no child wants to read. But as a work of art, I highly recommend the book.
If this is your favorite story from childhood, then by all means, indulge. But if you think this would be a lovely present for your favorite niece or grandson, they probably won't read it.