The Island of Adventure (The Adventure Series)

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The Island of Adventure (The Adventure Series)

The Island of Adventure (The Adventure Series)

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Craggy-Tops is an isolated house, old and half-ruined, set halfway up a steep cliff in a district honeycombed with underground passages — like Smuggler's Top ( Five Go to Smuggler's Top, which was published a year later, in 1945) in some respects. But don’t worry, it’s not long before the children have found a nice man who gives them presents and plays with them and demands that they keep all this their little secret and never tell their parents (and/or neglectful relatives) about them. They also missed one of my favourite parts – them discovering the secret passage from the beach to the house and then using it to trick Jo-Jo. Our donations to The Rainbow Centre have helped provide an education and a safe haven to hundreds of children who live in appalling conditions. Well, as long as you see past all this - the book was first published in 1946, so just keep that in your head - it’s a brilliant escapism for a few hours.

This did not greatly affect the plot of the stories, though Jack owned a pocket computer which played a significant role in a couple of the adventures, particularly in "The Ship of Adventure". She says she's been without him all through the school term and doesn't want to be without him during the holidays too. Minor issues present such as mild cracking, inscriptions, inserts, light foxing, tanning and thumb marking. Jack was introduced as bird-obsessed but did very little bird watching, and Lucy-Ann was much more confident than in the books.The Boys Clubs of America gave this work a Junior Book Club Medal in 1947 under the title Mystery Island. So I will start with an overview of the story as told in the film, noting particularly where it deviates from the book. Her husband is a Quentin-like figure — an absent-minded historian who spends most of his time working in his study, even forgetting about meals.

I think these must have been very well received at the time of writing, with only the first one or two books of the other Mystery/Adventure series in existence (Famous Five was the most advanced, up to book 3 at the time The Island of Adventure was released). I love these lesser known Enid Blyton books although now a bit dated, they were all my favourites and the Island of Adventure seemed so grown up to a 7 year old in 1952, read in the Stanley Hotel in Nairobi. She warns another hotel staff member that she saw nothing and should say nothing to anyone about Bill. So if you’re thinking of giving this to a child to read – and, while that might require either a sensible child or some parental supervision and discussion, that’s honestly not a ridiculous idea – you might want to get a more modern edition that incorporates this change, since by changing a dozen or two sentences throughout the book the publishers have made the text much less problematic without having any real negative impact on the story. Pictorial wrapper is quite damaged, with front flap at one time being completely detached, but has been stuck back on with browning sticky tape.

Interestingly, the jacket is almost identical to that of the first printing, Lightest of wear to book, tidy handwritten prize certificate on front endpaper. It was definitely a rights issue which meant that the 1996 adaptation of the full series couldn’t include Castle, but that doesn’t explain why their replacement for it ( The Woods of Adventure) is so dire. It’s rather reminiscent of the beginning of The Sea of Adventure when Bill grabs Philip having mistaken him for a spy in the garden. This is all delivered in what I think is supposed to be a Russian accent, but Rhys-Davies is a bit like Sean Connery and does most things in his own accent. The story opens around a fairly average semi-rural house, but quickly moves to a much more interesting and memorable location.

There was also a New Zealand television series, in which the first episode is based on The Island of Adventure. Until they begin to realize that something very sinister is taking place on the mysterious Isle of Gloom – where a dangerous adventure awaits them in the abandoned copper mines and secret tunnels beneath the sea. I read somewhere that the publisher of this recent edition changed the color of the rock on the Isle of Gloom from red to green. However it is maybe more suitable for 7 to 8 year olds so I am saving it for now and carrying on with the famous five books with him. The next thing they turn up as Philip’s leaving and he introduces them as ‘friends of mine’, yet to our knowledge they’ve spent about 2.

The Adventure Series by Enid Blyton, a prolific English children's author, is a series of eight children's novels. They eventually find out that Bill is a member of the police force who has been detailed to keep an eye on Jo-Jo. I have already reviewed the 1990 adaptation of The Castle of Adventure with Susan George, Gareth Hunt and Brian Blessed.

This does not continue on from The Island of Adventure, as it introduces the characters to us again and has them meet for the first time as well.The lives of these children are by modern standards horrific, and every interaction they have with an adult should be accompanied by screaming warning sirens – there isn’t the smallest moment that isn’t either abusive or neglectful, or both. There’s certainly still something to like here, even for modern and adult readers, and I think I’m probably going to re-read through the whole series, if only out of nostalgia. She wrote over seven hundred books, which have been translated into many languages throughout the world. Jack doesn't seem to mind at all that his younger sister Lucy-Ann tags along with him wherever he goes, and he's generally quiet by nature.



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