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Olupina broda na otoku Kirrinu znači da tamo mora postojati blago! Pet slavnih prijatelja ne mogu dočekati da to istraže - ali oni nisu sami! Još je netko u potrazi za blagom! Tko će slijediti tragove i prvi stići do blaga? Biblioteka PET PRIJATELJA - Kroz seriju od 21 knjige upoznat ćemo se s dogodovštinama pet prijatelja: Julian, Dick, Anne, George i pas Timmy.


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Olupina broda na otoku Kirrinu znači da tamo mora postojati blago! Pet slavnih prijatelja ne mogu dočekati da to istraže - ali oni nisu sami! Još je netko u potrazi za blagom! Tko će slijediti tragove i prvi stići do blaga? Biblioteka PET PRIJATELJA - Kroz seriju od 21 knjige upoznat ćemo se s dogodovštinama pet prijatelja: Julian, Dick, Anne, George i pas Timmy.

30 review for Pet prijatelja na otoku s blagom

  1. 4 out of 5

    Grace Tjan

    Jess, my 7-year old girl, gives it 5 stars. Comments while reading: "Georgina is a girl but she wants to be called 'George'. Is she a tomboy?" "Who says that boys never cry? The boys in my class cry. A lot!" "Uncle Quentin is scary!" "George is like a volcano --- she's always angry or is about to get angry." "How can a kid own an island?" "Awww, Tim is so cute!" "Why can't Anne keep a secret? She's such a baby!" "I like it when George took an axe and wrecked the bad guys' motorboat. She's so fierce!" "I Jess, my 7-year old girl, gives it 5 stars. Comments while reading: "Georgina is a girl but she wants to be called 'George'. Is she a tomboy?" "Who says that boys never cry? The boys in my class cry. A lot!" "Uncle Quentin is scary!" "George is like a volcano --- she's always angry or is about to get angry." "How can a kid own an island?" "Awww, Tim is so cute!" "Why can't Anne keep a secret? She's such a baby!" "I like it when George took an axe and wrecked the bad guys' motorboat. She's so fierce!" "I want to read more Famous Five books." "Why are they famous? Is it because they have adventures?" "Are they real? No, of course Pokemons are not real!"

  2. 4 out of 5

    Archit Ojha

    I remember putting this book back down in 2006 because it was "too big" to read. The number of pages of Secret Seven were tiny in comparison to this one. I was reading a book this summer and not liking the immoral personalities present in there. Guess, you sometimes need a break from these grown-up melodramas. And who better to go to than Enid? The treasure hunting and ship wreck brought me back the memories of why I loved the Secret Seven. George and Tim are a delight to watch together. Coming I remember putting this book back down in 2006 because it was "too big" to read. The number of pages of Secret Seven were tiny in comparison to this one. I was reading a book this summer and not liking the immoral personalities present in there. Guess, you sometimes need a break from these grown-up melodramas. And who better to go to than Enid? The treasure hunting and ship wreck brought me back the memories of why I loved the Secret Seven. George and Tim are a delight to watch together. Coming together of all five of them over a beautiful island, fighting off the rogues and the thrill of an adventure -Enid Blyton is an all time classic. Surely, I am going to read this entire series too.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    After finishing a rather emotionally taxing suspense novel, I needed a palate cleanser. Usually I turn to children's literature after reading harsh adult fiction. My brain needed something happy and sweet. Recently, I heard about the Famous Five series, a popular series of British books about the adventures of 4 kids and their dog. It sounded like just the thing....so I found a copy of the first book on Open Library. So glad I did! What a delightful and fun book! The basics....Julian, Dick and After finishing a rather emotionally taxing suspense novel, I needed a palate cleanser. Usually I turn to children's literature after reading harsh adult fiction. My brain needed something happy and sweet. Recently, I heard about the Famous Five series, a popular series of British books about the adventures of 4 kids and their dog. It sounded like just the thing....so I found a copy of the first book on Open Library. So glad I did! What a delightful and fun book! The basics....Julian, Dick and Anne are disappointed when they can't go to their favorite place for a holiday. But the trio become excited when they learn they are going to stay with their aunt and uncle, plus their cousin Georgina (who demands to be called George). The kids happily travel to Kirrin Bay to meet their cousin for the first time and spend the summer having adventures....including searching for lost gold! I loved this story! George is my favorite character. She doesn't want to be a girl and play with dolls. She wants to have short hair, wear comfortable boys clothes and romp outside having adventures with her dog. Both sets of parents seemed almost totally unlikable for me though. George's father is a domineering ass and her mother seems weak willed. I guess you'd have to be to live with an ass. Julian, Dick and Anne's parents seem to not be very concerned with their kids. The 3 kids attend boarding school most of the year. Then when they do come home for summer break, their parents decide to go to Scotland without them and dump the kids at their uncle's house to spend the summer with a cousin they've never even met. The kids don't seem to mind....they want holiday adventures on their own. Their parents seem totally flighty though. Uninvolved. Better than being a helicopter parent, I guess. Luckily, despite a bit of danger, the kids had a great time and ended the summer all in one piece. There are 21 books in the Famous Five series. The series was written from 1942-1963. I really enjoyed this first book. I'm going to read more of the series. It was a nice palate cleanser....a quick, enjoyable read about kids having fun, adventure, and some mystery for the summer!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Simmonds

    Sadly I gave all my Famous Five books away during my teenage years. However the other day I realised I missed Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy so wanted a catch up. The only edition I could get on Kindle was this one - and it was a slight disappointment. There are no 'lashings' of anything, no 'mummy and daddy', no 'golly's. It has been rewritten to suit a modern children's audience, and I must say I deeply disagree with this choice. When I was an eight year old and reading these books for Sadly I gave all my Famous Five books away during my teenage years. However the other day I realised I missed Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy so wanted a catch up. The only edition I could get on Kindle was this one - and it was a slight disappointment. There are no 'lashings' of anything, no 'mummy and daddy', no 'golly's. It has been rewritten to suit a modern children's audience, and I must say I deeply disagree with this choice. When I was an eight year old and reading these books for the first time they were the same format as they had been for over fifty years. Who thought it necessary to dumb it down for today's children? Surely they can cope with the language like millions of other children have. For me, revisiting these books was a chance to have a little giggle at the archaisms, and for them to be completely missing was a disappointment. I'm surprised they didn't change Dick and Aunt Fanny's names! However the story was the same, although much shorter than I remembered - I imagine my reading speed has increased quite a bit! This is still a great adventure for children, and brings back fond memories for adults. If you can look past the completely unnecessary changes (which admittedly I got used to after a while and didn't affect the characters or the story very much) then this is a great trip down memory lane. It's just a shame publishers felt it necessary to change a text that has been loved worldwide for half a century - if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Lawrence

    The first volume of the 23 Famous Five books sets up a number of patterns and themes that are returned to many times in the series. It also establishes some basic groundwork that Enid Blyton later forgot and changed, leading to curious inconsistencies. For example: Julian, Dick, and Anne discover they have a ten year old cousin they have never met. Georgina, daughter of their father's brother Quentin who lives in Kirrin Bay, a region that their own father has only visited once and can remember The first volume of the 23 Famous Five books sets up a number of patterns and themes that are returned to many times in the series. It also establishes some basic groundwork that Enid Blyton later forgot and changed, leading to curious inconsistencies. For example: Julian, Dick, and Anne discover they have a ten year old cousin they have never met. Georgina, daughter of their father's brother Quentin who lives in Kirrin Bay, a region that their own father has only visited once and can remember very little of. Later we discover that Kirrin Cottage (where Uncle Quentin lives with Aunt Fanny), Kirrin Farm, and Kirrin Island are, or were, all owned by Aunt Fanny's family, along with significant other amounts of land. But later in the series Julian, Dick and Anne are described as Kirrins (& on one occasion Bancrofts). Which would make Quentin a Kirrin too ... which makes no sense if their father has no association with Kirrin Bay and it was their aunt's family who owned it all... In this book we see George acquire Timmy the dog, the 5th of the Famous Five. At the start Timmy is staying with the fisher boy Alf, who in later books mysteriously changes his name to James. We establish George as the hot-tempered girl who wants to be a boy (which I guess these days might have her on a path to gender reassignment -- incidentally we meet at least two other girls who want to be boys in the series and everyone is cool with it but it is specifically stated that a boy can't grow his hair long to be like a girl, that would be madness). We establish Uncle Quentin as a brilliant, forgetful, hot tempered scientist of unknown discipline - this confusion lasts the entire series despite his work being the centre of at least a third of the adventures. I suspect this is in part because Blyton had almost no understanding of science, didn't bother to find out anything as she assumed her readers would not care, and wanted to keep it fluid anyhow so it could spawn plots as required. We are also introduced to Kirrin Island and its remarkably well preserved castle wherein the children discover the first of their many hoards of gold. In this instance it alleviates the curious poverty of George's father and mother. The Famous Five are defined by one main characteristic each. Julian is level headed. Dick is good humoured. Anne is compassionate and "girly". George is hotheaded. Timmy is a Swiss Army knife of a dog possessed of vast intelligence and the power to overcome any three men. Anyway, the action centres on the island. A dodgy sort from London wants to buy it but the children discover his motivation is the rumours of hidden gold, and wouldn't you know it, ten minutes with a spade and the bags of gold are theirs, all theirs! On this occasion, as on many others in the series, the bad men have guns. There is, to a modern British eye, a ridiculously high prevalence of revolvers in these books. Possibly the proximity of WW2 and the 1940/50s laws actually made this easier to swallow. Anyway, it's a jolly romp with lots of aspirational goodness for young children, and when I was 9 I was a big fan. My star rating is fairly arbitrary here. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes ..

  6. 4 out of 5

    Praj

    This is one that lured me into the reading world. I still remember it like yesterday; it was during my 4th grade summer vacations. I was down with high fever and was crying for days for missing out on my yearly trip.So to pacify my tantrums , i was gifted this book. Ah! the mysterious world of Julian, Anne, Dick and my favorite George made me forget my pain and i ended up reading the whole series volume in that summer. Thanks Enid! for bringing me to a world of limitless imagination.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Ah, the Famous Five! Talk about your blasts from the past. I haven't read these books since my age was still in single digits. Re-reading them as an adult, their appeal is their innocence and the joy of recalling how I used to think my friends and I could have adventures just like the Famous Five! This book brought a big smile to my face. There's another level of enjoyment to be had reading this book as an adult with a twisted sense of humour, as hardly a page goes by without some kind of Ah, the Famous Five! Talk about your blasts from the past. I haven't read these books since my age was still in single digits. Re-reading them as an adult, their appeal is their innocence and the joy of recalling how I used to think my friends and I could have adventures just like the Famous Five! This book brought a big smile to my face. There's another level of enjoyment to be had reading this book as an adult with a twisted sense of humour, as hardly a page goes by without some kind of unintended sexual innuendo... at least, I'm pretty sure it's unintended. Buddy read with Sunshine Seaspray.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Graham

    Back when I was a kid, Enid Blyton was MY author. Reading her books - and I read dozens of them - taught me, not to read, but to actually ENJOY reading. I remember feeling how it was a magical experience and twenty years later I still feel that when sitting down with a book today. I've been wanting to catch up with Blyton as an adult, to see how her work stands up, and I finally got my chance with this handsome hardback. I remember that the Famous Five and the Secret Seven weren't my favourite of Back when I was a kid, Enid Blyton was MY author. Reading her books - and I read dozens of them - taught me, not to read, but to actually ENJOY reading. I remember feeling how it was a magical experience and twenty years later I still feel that when sitting down with a book today. I've been wanting to catch up with Blyton as an adult, to see how her work stands up, and I finally got my chance with this handsome hardback. I remember that the Famous Five and the Secret Seven weren't my favourite of her books - that was the Five Find-Outers - but FIVE ON A TREASURE ISLAND was nonetheless a book I read because it was the first in a long-running (21 books!) series. I also had the computer game of this back on my old ZX Spectrum so after reading the book I could go and 'experience' the adventures for myself! As for the book, I think it holds up admirably. Of course, Blyton's stories are dated, but therein lies their appeal. This is a world before the internet, before consoles, where children could go out by themselves and camp on a deserted island for a week without the threat of child molesters or the nanny state reporting their guardians for neglect. It's a fantasy world nowadays, but how great it is to go back there! Blyton's strength lies in her vivid description, and the island, the ruined castle and the shipwreck make perfect backdrops for the simplistic action. The kids are great characters, and George is still the author's most interesting character. The descriptions of picnic and ginger beer we all remember are delightful, as is Timmy the dog. As an adult, I was surprised to find this book wasn't 'twee' at all - there are descriptions of blood gushing from body parts, and even the dog has a gun pressed against his head at one point, so 'real life' is addressed. Yes, there are mistakes, like the weight of gold ingots, but these are easy to look over. The parts in the well and the storm sequence I found particularly impressive and well written. This is a children's book that cannot fail to inspire children of the right age to love reading. I enjoyed every second of it and flew through it as an adult reader. I was reminded, favourably, of childhood, and ended up with a warm and cosy feeling inside. I'm looking forward to catching up with more of the author's work in future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Marie

    Visiting these books again love this author so much they really are the best books. Even if your child is reading or learning to these would be the best books ever full of fun so they are. Visiting these books again love this author so much they really are the best books. Even if your child is reading or learning to these would be the best books ever full of fun so they are. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

    Sometimes you read a book and wonder how didn't you get to read this one in your childhood while everyone about your age did. Five on a Treasure Island, you are certainly the first one I read after a considerably long time, but your next parts sure are not going to be. Here I come.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ✨ kathryn ✨

    4.5/5 I read so much Enid Blyton as a child, that when my cousin wanted to do a book swap (he's reading The Ice Monster at the moment) I immediately said yes. And I'm *so* glad I did! I forgot how much I loved this book, the characters, Blyton's way with words, her vivid descriptions. I felt as though I could escape from annoying, often boring, adult life for 183 pages, and it. was. great. Will I be re-reading the rest? Damn right I will!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pramod Nair

    I had the opportunity to read the whole Famous Five series during my school vacations when i was an eleven year old and 'Five on a Treasure Island' was the first book that introduced me to the magical writings of Enid Blyton. It was during those school vacations that i chanced upon such highly addictive children's series like Secret Seven (from the same author), Nancy Drew, Dana Girls Mysteries, Hardy Boys etc. Hunting down and gobbling up each of those titles was a pure delight. All the titles I had the opportunity to read the whole Famous Five series during my school vacations when i was an eleven year old and 'Five on a Treasure Island' was the first book that introduced me to the magical writings of Enid Blyton. It was during those school vacations that i chanced upon such highly addictive children's series like Secret Seven (from the same author), Nancy Drew, Dana Girls Mysteries, Hardy Boys etc. Hunting down and gobbling up each of those titles was a pure delight. All the titles in the Famous Five series is written based on the same simple formula - a band of four kids (Julian, Dick, George and Anne) and their dog Tim going through one wonderful adventure after another chasing mysteries and unraveling criminal plots - but the highly entertaining way in which Enid Blyton narrates these tales of adventure is something very unique. Each scene is narrated by the author in such a way to spark the imagination of the young reader and make them enjoy every moment of reading. In this first book of the series siblings Julian, Dick and Anne visits their uncle's for the summer holidays and are introduced to their cousin 'George' who is actually a hot tempered little girl with the name 'Georgina' and who dresses like a boy and is tomboyish. After a bit of initial quarrel the four of them become thick friends and George introduces them to her her faithful dog Timothy. George invite them to investigate a nearby island that belongs to George's mother and the band of four along with Timothy plunges directly into a whirlwind of adventure with lots of danger, excitement, an ancient ship wreck with a fortune of gold,creepy secret tunnels and cunning villains. In my opinion factors like: · the vivid clarity that the author uses to describe the scenes of the adventure; · the mouth watering details of the food items that the Famous Five take during their mealtime - loads and loads of jam tarts, hard boiled eggs, slabs of cakes, fresh tomatoes, cool lemonade and ginger ale; · the colorful and often envy inducing descriptions of the picnics they take; · a bunch of highly likeable characters (after reading the famous five books who won't be longing for a cool dog like Timmy); · a collection of exotic crooks like smugglers, treasure hunters and foreign agents; these were enough to make young readers go drooling over Enid Blyton books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    J

    I read the whole series (all 21 books) when I was about 13; those were the first books I read in English. I loved them, both the stories, the mystery and the writing. I liked the relationships (that was the time when I dearly wished I had siblings), the companionship and the good old picnicks in the woods/fields :) Looking back, I don't quite agree with the view of girls/women presented. Still, at that time, while feeling most kinship with Anne and being drawn to Georgina, it didn't matter to me. I read the whole series (all 21 books) when I was about 13; those were the first books I read in English. I loved them, both the stories, the mystery and the writing. I liked the relationships (that was the time when I dearly wished I had siblings), the companionship and the good old picnicks in the woods/fields :) Looking back, I don't quite agree with the view of girls/women presented. Still, at that time, while feeling most kinship with Anne and being drawn to Georgina, it didn't matter to me. The books are a lovely memory of my first brush with English "literature" :) and therefore very dear to me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rosanna Threakall

    I loved this and I knew I would as it's a childhood re-read. I had forgotten a lot of the details and this book still had me at the edge of my seat at the age of 21. I just love it. I recommend you read it, even if you think you've outgrown it! A classic, fun, tense, warming, summery read. I feel at home reading it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    This was lovely! Classic oldschool story about summer adventures of brave children and their wonderful dog. I’m sure I will read more Famous Five stories! This was lovely!🥰 Classic oldschool story about summer adventures of brave children and their wonderful dog. ♥️ I’m sure I will read more Famous Five stories! 🛶🏰💰☀️🐶

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aso

    (note: please forgive any grammar mistakes in this review, english is not my first language, i wrote this as a part of my writing practice to learn english) I awfully jealous toward people who got an opportunity to read this series when they were still a little kid. I found and download this little treasure weeks ago for free from a website that i forgot its name, but my long to-read list prevent me to read this book. Reading this book make me want to run to the nearest super market and buy a time (note: please forgive any grammar mistakes in this review, english is not my first language, i wrote this as a part of my writing practice to learn english) I awfully jealous toward people who got an opportunity to read this series when they were still a little kid. I found and download this little treasure weeks ago for free from a website that i forgot its name, but my long to-read list prevent me to read this book. Reading this book make me want to run to the nearest super market and buy a time machine. I thought I have to go back to the past, when i only ten years old chubby kids with a simple mind to fully enjoy this book. But, a 25 years old chubby guy with a jumbled mind will do too. Through this book i resurrect my adventure spirit that slowly dying as i grow up. I want to be a part of Julian and the gang too. I found several interesting words that we'd never found in the children's book these days: awfully, jolly, golly, gay, and queer. Oh golly, imagine how queer the moms face if they found those two latter words. And oh it must be jolly to have my own Timothy and be gay with George, Julian, Dick, and Anne.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    "That doesn't look like a new book," my husband said to me last night when he saw me reading Five on a Treasure Island. "It was first published in 1942," I told him. "Maybe it was a book we read when we were kids?" he asked. "No, I don't think so. Enid Blyton was never big here in America." Why, I wonder. I can't think of a single reason. Julian, Dick, Anne, and George (as well as the dog, Timmy) are worthy characters. George (really, Georgina) is a girl who doesn't want to be a girl (what girl "That doesn't look like a new book," my husband said to me last night when he saw me reading Five on a Treasure Island. "It was first published in 1942," I told him. "Maybe it was a book we read when we were kids?" he asked. "No, I don't think so. Enid Blyton was never big here in America." Why, I wonder. I can't think of a single reason. Julian, Dick, Anne, and George (as well as the dog, Timmy) are worthy characters. George (really, Georgina) is a girl who doesn't want to be a girl (what girl really wanted to be a girl back then, anyway); George is wildly ahead of her time. The story is full of adventure and mystery, with the kids rowing out to an island sans grownups and exploring an old wreck. What parent now would allow children to do such a thing? But how much fun it would be for kids today to read about it. I would have read every book, had these stories been available in my school library, and my husband would have, too. Let's hope kids everywhere now have access to this great series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Olivia McMullan

    It was a good story :) I enjoyed it very much :D

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fadwa (Word Wonders)

    This was cute but boiiiiiiiiii it did not age well.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    There was a time when Enid Blyton books were the only books I’d read. I’m glad I grew out of this, although the woman’s written over 600 books, so I’d have been right for a few more years, even if I hadn’t grown out of my obsession! I know I was reading the Famous Five books when I was in grade 1, and I know that my mum had quite a collection, however the only 2 I can remember now are Five on a Hike Together and Five Go Down to the Sea - perhaps these were favourites that I re-read over and over There was a time when Enid Blyton books were the only books I’d read. I’m glad I grew out of this, although the woman’s written over 600 books, so I’d have been right for a few more years, even if I hadn’t grown out of my obsession! I know I was reading the Famous Five books when I was in grade 1, and I know that my mum had quite a collection, however the only 2 I can remember now are Five on a Hike Together and Five Go Down to the Sea - perhaps these were favourites that I re-read over and over again?? Anyway, I don’t really remember reading this, the first of the Famous Five series, when Julian, Dick and Anne meet George and Timmy, although I suspect I have read it before. I read it now because it was being featured on the ABCs The Book Club (not that I normally worry about reading their selections before I watch it) and I realised one of my local libraries had a copy. So I picked it up. It took all of about 4 hours to read and was a fun trip back to my childhood! Highly unlikely, but I can certainly see why they appeal to kids. I don’t think I will now go on a Famous Five re-reading binge, but I might pick some of the ones that sound the most interesting and (re)read them at some point, and see if they jog any memories for me!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Manpreet Kaur

    It felt so good to read this book again... there’s so much I remembered and so much I had forgotten from my childhood. Yes, it’s a kiddish book... written for children but just to read about the little adventure of the famous five... brought back so many memories and made me enjoy so much! The food and Tim... all so cool! So glad I read this again!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    I really like this book. It makes me want to go on holiday and explore old ruins. It's a really good adventure story and I like the characters. My favourite is George because she is bold and brave and I like her dog Timmy, he's funny. I think girls would like this story most but boys might like it too.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Stone

    I dont know how to apply a star rating to a series of books that encouraged a generation of readers to read ALL the books in a series and then branch out into increasingly complex Series and stand alone books. My reading career began with the Noddy series. Scratch almost any author writing in English, and Enid Blyton (and very probably The Famous Five will be there). On that alone it earns a five. But read the stories and you find template based plots, stereotypical characters, racism, sexism and I dont know how to apply a star rating to a series of books that encouraged a generation of readers to read ALL the books in a series and then branch out into increasingly complex Series and stand alone books. My reading career began with the Noddy series. Scratch almost any author writing in English, and Enid Blyton (and very probably The Famous Five will be there). On that alone it earns a five. But read the stories and you find template based plots, stereotypical characters, racism, sexism and a range of other isms. It's true, they're all there. I read only one or two as a child; my sister was the Famous Five freak in the family ... But recently I found some volumes at a car boot sale and read them. What a magical world these children lived in! I slowly acquired and read the rest of the books. You know that simpler time us oldies are always banging on about? Well here's its headquarters. Every day was a holiday. Glorious home cooked delicacies featured at the endless picnics we attended. The world was safe and children didn't need heavy supervision. We made our own fun without annoying our parents or costing them too much. We were even clever enough to outfox adults be they villains or be they people trying to rein in our freedom. Honestly, thats exactly how it was. Such freedom. Aren't you sorry you missed it? Well maybe that's how it was in our daydreams. ... and maybe that's why Harry Potter is such a big seller these days because its what every child dreams of. So I forgive Blyton all her "isms" and remember that she was a product of her times writing for other products of her time ... and the formula worked. I read Blyton as I do any other author, with my critical mind on high alert for stereotypes and always asking myself who is not represented and why that is so.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Irma

    ... reading with my 9 year old daughter... I've read all these books way back when I was a child and I've read them numerous times. This book is the second book by this author that my daughter and I have read together. She loved it dearly.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Revill

    Loved the famous five books when I was a child my children and Grandchildren loved them too. Still have my Enid blyton club badge somewhere. How's that for nostalgia. Recommended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Manda

    It’s fair to say I devoured Enid Blyton books with a passion as a kid. Now having read again the first in my favourite series - The Famous Five - it’s odd to reflect back. For one thing, the gender stereotypes are truly appalling, and surely simply wouldn’t be allowed today. But I read these books in the 1970s and it’s a real reminder of how our opinions on such things have changed significantly. But on the positive side, the gumption and free-range attitude of the kids is a wonderful aspect of It’s fair to say I devoured Enid Blyton books with a passion as a kid. Now having read again the first in my favourite series - The Famous Five - it’s odd to reflect back. For one thing, the gender stereotypes are truly appalling, and surely simply wouldn’t be allowed today. But I read these books in the 1970s and it’s a real reminder of how our opinions on such things have changed significantly. But on the positive side, the gumption and free-range attitude of the kids is a wonderful aspect of these books - no mobiles or tablets for kids in those days. Their tackling of criminals is alarming but I was happy to apply suspension of disbelief, it’s all rather cartoony after all. Reading this again, my favourite reminder is of the hilarious overly posh language used. It’s all ‘By golly’ and ‘Oh, rather’ - which deftly explains why I speak the way I do, despite being brought up in inner city London! I must have read more Enid Blyton books than I realised. Overall, though, I probably have Enid Blyton (and my mum) to thank for my absolute love of reading, which continues to this day. While these books might not make complete sense to me now, in my forties - as a kid I simply couldn’t get enough of them, and ploughed through them with total delight, which seems a worthy review to me :) My rating strategy: 5 stars = An all time favourite, I could tell you about this 10 years later. 4 stars = Loved this, really gripping/fun/exciting, will remember long term. 3 stars = Definitely enjoyed, might forget quickly though, but happy to read more by the author. 2 stars = Likely to have some good points, but it didn't properly captivate me. 1 star = Not my cup of tea at all, wouldn't return to the author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    E.A.

    I found a lovely 10-volume box of Famous Five books in a charity shop, and had to take it with me. Growing up, I picked up Dutch copies on flea markets I visited with my parents. It's been interesting reading these again after so many years. There's plenty to find to object to: the books are very much a product of their time, with the limitations that entails. Normative comments abound in terms of acceptable behaviour and gender roles. But if you want you can find some wiggle room, as well, I found a lovely 10-volume box of Famous Five books in a charity shop, and had to take it with me. Growing up, I picked up Dutch copies on flea markets I visited with my parents. It's been interesting reading these again after so many years. There's plenty to find to object to: the books are very much a product of their time, with the limitations that entails. Normative comments abound in terms of acceptable behaviour and gender roles. But if you want you can find some wiggle room, as well, certainly when it comes to the two very different models for girls (George/Anne). And there's something very interesting, I think, about seeing the norms of the time in action, learning about that worldview, that time, that culture. There's so many details of everyday life to be gleaned from these stories. And in some ways, too, that life was not so bad. A wonderful freedom these children had, that could be the envy of many today. I've also been surprised how well they still read as adventure stories. Even knowing where many of the plots are going because of repeated reading in the past, there's an excitement that keeps me reading. It's very understandable that these were highly popular. In the end I can definitely recommend reading some Famous Five stories - but I'd be hard put to decide on a rating.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    The Five books are always my favorites. They were some of my first novels I enjoyed reading. Got them all completed in no time long long time ago. Got every piece of the whole series as my precious collection, yet unfortunately I lost them in a way or so. They ain't cheap to get for sure, if you wish to collect them again in recent days. So, I guess I really should give up that idea. I am trying to make my consolation through ebook. Not getting the same joy from reading a real book, but hey... The Five books are always my favorites. They were some of my first novels I enjoyed reading. Got them all completed in no time long long time ago. Got every piece of the whole series as my precious collection, yet unfortunately I lost them in a way or so. They ain't cheap to get for sure, if you wish to collect them again in recent days. So, I guess I really should give up that idea. I am trying to make my consolation through ebook. Not getting the same joy from reading a real book, but hey... it is good enough. And so, I started to re-read them. The funny thing is that my point of view when reading it as an adult is surprisingly changed from when I was "younger". :) It is quite annoying because it's still the first book!!! there are more books in the series I'd like to re-read again. I can't loose the excitement...! The first book from the whole series, Treasure Island is a fast pace introduction of the Five and family. The main stars are Julian, Dick, George(Georgina), Anne and Tim-the excited dog. They are related as siblings and cousin. Also the Kirrin's island which become the icon place of these series. this book was about how the Five spent their summer holiday together for the first time in George's homeland. Unexpectedly, they got caught in an exciting adventure together. The adventure was quite fun yet so short. Antiklimaks. I think the Five could do something more with the bad guys. I do expect more. On the other hand, I liked the way friendship grew between the three siblings and George in this first book. It was not a rush and went through reasonable events. The character of each shown in the dialog beside the narration. I could perfectly catch every member's character of the five, even Tim. However, in overall, it's a good start for the next book to come of the five series. Look forward to read them all shortly.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Ah, the Famous Five. I've been meaning to reread these for nostalgia's sake -- or at least a couple of them. I used to practically inhale them when I was eight or nine years old or so. I was a little apprehensive about a reread now -- especially because of all the talk about how inappropriate Enid Blyton's writing is now, in terms of feminism and racism... I thought I wouldn't be able to read it. Fortunately, at least with the rose-coloured glasses of nostalgia, this book remained fun to read. It Ah, the Famous Five. I've been meaning to reread these for nostalgia's sake -- or at least a couple of them. I used to practically inhale them when I was eight or nine years old or so. I was a little apprehensive about a reread now -- especially because of all the talk about how inappropriate Enid Blyton's writing is now, in terms of feminism and racism... I thought I wouldn't be able to read it. Fortunately, at least with the rose-coloured glasses of nostalgia, this book remained fun to read. It obviously didn't take me long, but I enjoyed it. I always loved to imagine having an island of my own, like George does, and Timmy was basically my dream dog. My favourite part is Kirrin Island, really -- ruins and dungeons and so on. I don't even mind about the ingots. Just the existence of the island itself would have been enough for me, aged eight. George was probably my favourite character -- I was a lonely kid, too.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chaitra

    Edited 8/22/17. A friend asked me about Enid Blyton, and I remembered reading this book recently and being uncomfortable with its character portrayals. So here I was looking at my review, and honestly, it's probably one of the worst reviews I've ever written. (*Hint: Some of it was about George's gender identity, and I wanted to say something I was convinced Blyton didn't do well, but it came out being completely tone deaf. So I'm no good at gender issues either, mercifully I'm not a published Edited 8/22/17. A friend asked me about Enid Blyton, and I remembered reading this book recently and being uncomfortable with its character portrayals. So here I was looking at my review, and honestly, it's probably one of the worst reviews I've ever written. (*Hint: Some of it was about George's gender identity, and I wanted to say something I was convinced Blyton didn't do well, but it came out being completely tone deaf. So I'm no good at gender issues either, mercifully I'm not a published author nor do I have any wish to be). Anyway, I'm scrapping the initial review and leaving with this, which was what I wanted to say anyway: I really do not like the voice, I don't like the portrayal of George, Anne is my favorite character and I absolutely HATE what Blyton has to say of only children.

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