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.
Top Customer Reviews
The point about classics such as Treasure Island is that you cannot doubt the relevance of such a book, since it is still popular more than 120 years after it was first published (1883). Hundreds of books following Treasure Island have used the image of the pirate Long John Silver and made it a universal type. Ask anyone to picture a pirate and in nine out of ten cases you will get something closely resembling Long John.
The strongest quality of Treasure Island is that it is still surprisingly fresh. It has a pace that can stand comparison with any contemporary novel. Stevenson did not add a lot of moralising to the story, which is quite remarkable for a coming of age story dated from that period. The character of Long John suffers clearly from a certain machiavellian duality, a topic that will return more prominently in Stevenson's later work: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
A mysterious pirate shows up at an inn owned by Jim Hawkin's mother. The pirate is killed by a gang of rogues, but Jim finds a treasure map belonging to the pirate. Jim then embarks on a journey to far away island to find the treasure. Of course, nobody can be trusted - especially the cook, Long John Silver. With his peg leg and parrot, Silver is the stereotypical pirate. Once the island is reached, sides are chosen - the mutinous pirates against the ship's crew. Jim goes on a journey within a journey on the island, going from one side to another, as the treasure is hunted for.
Everyone should read this book at some point. It's especially good for young boys, due to the fact that the main character (Jim) is a young boy. It's well crafted, and easy to read. And it's hard to put down once you get going. What else can you ask for?
Most recent customer reviews
The sticker on the back when removing left a big greese stain and took of some of empossing print. It was a gift so not all that happy with it.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fast shipping and so far an excellent read! Would recommend!Published 17 months ago by Logan Aucoin
Tough read since the English is from 1886 but a really cool story. Makes you want to go out and find ye burried treasure!Published on July 4 2014 by Evan Polson
Using this version of the original text as a read aloud for my grade 3 class. The Classic Starts version is making this story accessible to my students without taking away from... Read morePublished on May 3 2014 by Brodie
Actual Book was too small. Can't read the print. The downside of ordering anything on-line.Had to repack and send to Mississauga. More trouble than its worth. just go to the mall.Published on Aug. 5 2013 by tony morrell
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