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Whispering Island - another mysterious place, with a million stories sorrounding it . . . Is it haunted? The Five are intrigued, but scared, too. Are they brave enough to go there and find out . . . About The Author: Enid Blyton, 1896 - November 28, 1959 Enid Blyton was born in London in 1896. She was educated in a private school and thought that she would become a musicia Whispering Island - another mysterious place, with a million stories sorrounding it . . . Is it haunted? The Five are intrigued, but scared, too. Are they brave enough to go there and find out . . . About The Author: Enid Blyton, 1896 - November 28, 1959 Enid Blyton was born in London in 1896. She was educated in a private school and thought that she would become a musician until she realized that writing was her passion. She attended Ipswich High School where she trained to become a kindergarten teacher and eventually opened her own school for infants. Blyton's first poem was published in 1917, entitled "Have You-" which appeared in Nash's Magazine. In 1922, her first book of verses was published, entitled "Child Whispers." In 1926 she accepted a position editing the children's magazine "Sunny Stories" as well as writing the column "Teachers World." Blyton's first full length children's book was published din 1938 and was titled "The Secret Island." After working on the column for years, Blyton quit "Teachers World" in 1945 and also ended her stint as editor of "Sunny Stories" seven years later. In 1953 she started her own children's magazine called "The Edith Blyton Magazine" which featured stories about her characters and news on the clubs formed around them. Her most famous stories were those of the "Famous Five" The Magazine closed in 1959. In the 50's and 60's Blyton was criticized for the language in her book, for being to simple, but some 300 are still in print today. Blyton has published over 600 books in the course of her career. Enid Blyton died in her sleep on November 28, 1968. She was 72 years old.


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Whispering Island - another mysterious place, with a million stories sorrounding it . . . Is it haunted? The Five are intrigued, but scared, too. Are they brave enough to go there and find out . . . About The Author: Enid Blyton, 1896 - November 28, 1959 Enid Blyton was born in London in 1896. She was educated in a private school and thought that she would become a musicia Whispering Island - another mysterious place, with a million stories sorrounding it . . . Is it haunted? The Five are intrigued, but scared, too. Are they brave enough to go there and find out . . . About The Author: Enid Blyton, 1896 - November 28, 1959 Enid Blyton was born in London in 1896. She was educated in a private school and thought that she would become a musician until she realized that writing was her passion. She attended Ipswich High School where she trained to become a kindergarten teacher and eventually opened her own school for infants. Blyton's first poem was published in 1917, entitled "Have You-" which appeared in Nash's Magazine. In 1922, her first book of verses was published, entitled "Child Whispers." In 1926 she accepted a position editing the children's magazine "Sunny Stories" as well as writing the column "Teachers World." Blyton's first full length children's book was published din 1938 and was titled "The Secret Island." After working on the column for years, Blyton quit "Teachers World" in 1945 and also ended her stint as editor of "Sunny Stories" seven years later. In 1953 she started her own children's magazine called "The Edith Blyton Magazine" which featured stories about her characters and news on the clubs formed around them. Her most famous stories were those of the "Famous Five" The Magazine closed in 1959. In the 50's and 60's Blyton was criticized for the language in her book, for being to simple, but some 300 are still in print today. Blyton has published over 600 books in the course of her career. Enid Blyton died in her sleep on November 28, 1968. She was 72 years old.

30 review for Five Have a Mystery to Solve

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    I'm being very generous with my rating system here. The book is simply sub-par. No amount of rhetoric will change that. Now I understand why I don't remember reading the 20th Famous Five book. I had perhaps made an attempt, and did not finish the book. The story is ludicrous beyond belief. Our Five want to go camp in a quaint, crooked looking cottage. The cottage have a world class view of the coastline, the harbor, the island etc. To those not familiar with this series, I think the mention of th I'm being very generous with my rating system here. The book is simply sub-par. No amount of rhetoric will change that. Now I understand why I don't remember reading the 20th Famous Five book. I had perhaps made an attempt, and did not finish the book. The story is ludicrous beyond belief. Our Five want to go camp in a quaint, crooked looking cottage. The cottage have a world class view of the coastline, the harbor, the island etc. To those not familiar with this series, I think the mention of the word island will make the initiated perk up in anticipation. Sadly, my anticipation was cheated by the paucity of proper plotting. So why am I giving this parody 4 stars? I think it's because of the setting, of the token willful boy who gets tamed on contact with the Five. This book should not have been greenlit for publishing. I could say more, but I'm done.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Well, here we are; the penultimate Famous Five book. There's not much sign of Enid running out of steam, though. All the essentials are here for the Famous Five drinking game. You're not familiar with the Famous Five drinking game, you say? Well, it's a little something I developed with my F5 buddy-reader, Sunshine Seaspray. It goes like this: The Five make Uncle Quentin angry: DRINK! The Five eat enough food to put a whole troop of elephants into a diabetic coma: DRINK! George defies traditional gen Well, here we are; the penultimate Famous Five book. There's not much sign of Enid running out of steam, though. All the essentials are here for the Famous Five drinking game. You're not familiar with the Famous Five drinking game, you say? Well, it's a little something I developed with my F5 buddy-reader, Sunshine Seaspray. It goes like this: The Five make Uncle Quentin angry: DRINK! The Five eat enough food to put a whole troop of elephants into a diabetic coma: DRINK! George defies traditional gender stereotypes: DRINK! Anne delights in living up to traditional gender stereotypes: DRINK! Timmy the dog SAYS 'Woof' instead of actually barking: DRINK! Dick says it's pointless giving Timmy a certain type of food because he eats it too fast to taste it: DRINK! Julian acts like a stuck-up bossy-pants: DRINK! The Five discover a hidden/underground passage/tunnel: DRINK! The Five notice some shifty looking people who are probably up to no good: DRINK! The Five befriend a weird kid after initially disliking them: DRINK! The Five get important plot exposition from an old person: DRINK! The Five discover enough treasure for them all to retire on but give it to the police instead: DRINK! Legal Disclaimer: please remember to always drink responsibly. Anybody under the legal age for drinking alcohol in their country, or who chooses not to imbibe alcohol, may play this game with orangeade or other fizzy pop of their choice.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    Same Story, Different Island 30 September 2015 Well, I am getting close to reading all of the Enid Blyton books that I intend on reading (I have no interest in Mallory Towers or the Naughtiest School Girl, and since Blyton wrote heaps of books, and I have already read quite a few, I think I will leave it with the Famous Five and Secret Seven) so I am slowly getting there and hopefully once they are out of the way I can then look at reading some other series that I have been itching to read again Same Story, Different Island 30 September 2015 Well, I am getting close to reading all of the Enid Blyton books that I intend on reading (I have no interest in Mallory Towers or the Naughtiest School Girl, and since Blyton wrote heaps of books, and I have already read quite a few, I think I will leave it with the Famous Five and Secret Seven) so I am slowly getting there and hopefully once they are out of the way I can then look at reading some other series that I have been itching to read again for a while (though I won't say what they are just yet). Actually, come to think of it, there are a few series I want to read again, but I think I am getting a little ahead of myself. Anyway, not surprisingly, the Famous Five are once again on holidays (I wish I had as many holidays as these kids get) and once again they are off on a bicycle adventure. This time it is to a harbour which is apparently the second biggest harbour after Sydney Harbour (which I must admit is some feat because Sydney Harbour is huge, but then again San Francisco also has a pretty massive harbour, or is it technically a bay, not that I would know the difference). I didn't think there were any massive harbours in England, and even if there were wouldn't they be located in some huge industrial city such as Liverpool or Newcastle? Anyway, let us leave the issue of this harbour behind and get on with the story, not that there is all that much to say about this story because it tends to follow the same pattern that many of the other Famous Five stories follow. Basically they meat a kid at the cottage where they are staying (and this kid has a strange affinity with animals – including Timothy) which they start off hating but then after he saves their lives they decided that he his pretty cool. There is also a mysterious island with a ruined castle on it (much like the one back at George's house) which they decide to go an explore, even though people tell them that bad things happen to nosey people there (not that it's stopped them before). Well, you can probably guess what happens because, well, this is an Famous Five book, and they all tend to pretty much follow the same pattern. Yep, they find some bad people who are involved in smuggling antiques, get captured, manage to escape, get the police involved, who then storm the island and arrest the bad guys, all the time while the Famous Five are watching, and then they (the Famous Five that is) go off and have an enjoyable rest of the holidays. However these days when I read about the police storming an island and arresting the bad guys I cannot help but think that they look something like this:

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    This one I think I may have read once before, but it certainly wasn't one that stuck out in memory for me. I have to admit one thing that always amazes me about these five children is that they seem to have such a carefree world and be able to cycle around, hire out boats, and adventure in the wilds of England without any hinderance. I do admire that the world used to be like that, nowadays you certainly wouldn't let kids get up to the things that they did in these books. This tells the story of This one I think I may have read once before, but it certainly wasn't one that stuck out in memory for me. I have to admit one thing that always amazes me about these five children is that they seem to have such a carefree world and be able to cycle around, hire out boats, and adventure in the wilds of England without any hinderance. I do admire that the world used to be like that, nowadays you certainly wouldn't let kids get up to the things that they did in these books. This tells the story of the five going to meet with a young boy called Wilfred and living with him whilst his grandmother is away. They all stay in a ramshackle old house on the edge of a cliff and they can see an island out in the bay which they are rather curious about. As always they can't resist investigating, and I enjoyed seeing their adventure and even Anne coming into her own a bit more here. A fun one but not one which had too much nostalgia for me, 2.5*s.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*

    ... reading with my 10 year old daughter... Again a captivating read. When you close that book, you want more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sunshine

    Well I quite liked Wilfred but with our insular five they couldn't possibly just welcome him into the fold. The cracks are beginning to show... George is a pillock and would rather put good old Timbo in perilous danger at every turn whilst simultaneously issuing Wilfy boy with a restraining order not to come within a country mile of him. Anne is showing signs of lust for adventure and may yet hang up her pinny and mother hen award. Dick decides to not to be mini Julian and strikes out of the shad Well I quite liked Wilfred but with our insular five they couldn't possibly just welcome him into the fold. The cracks are beginning to show... George is a pillock and would rather put good old Timbo in perilous danger at every turn whilst simultaneously issuing Wilfy boy with a restraining order not to come within a country mile of him. Anne is showing signs of lust for adventure and may yet hang up her pinny and mother hen award. Dick decides to not to be mini Julian and strikes out of the shadows. Timmy says 'woof' and this time he means it! He also wishes Wilf would take him away from all this crap or at least knew the number for the RSPCA. Julian still thinks he's in charge but Anne and Dick may flip at any moment even if George is losing her edge and Tim runs off into the sunset with Wilf. Well narrated but... I miss you Jan I miss you Jan I miss you Jan I miss you Jan I miss you Jan I miss you Jan JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNN!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alfeesya

    My last book read in 2018! It was definitely amazing! I love it! 😍

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cho

    All of these stars go to Anne who was perfect in this one...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Annick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Famous Five by Enid Blyton “Five have a mystery to solve” The famous five written by Enid Blyton is a great series of books. This one called “Five Have a Mystery to Solve” is about the famous five meeting a boy and then having a mystery which starts when they are told stories about a whispering island, and then decide to go there.They find out that two men are trying to steal some golden treasure and have captured the man that lives on the island so they can go through his house.The famous fiv The Famous Five by Enid Blyton “Five have a mystery to solve” The famous five written by Enid Blyton is a great series of books. This one called “Five Have a Mystery to Solve” is about the famous five meeting a boy and then having a mystery which starts when they are told stories about a whispering island, and then decide to go there.They find out that two men are trying to steal some golden treasure and have captured the man that lives on the island so they can go through his house.The famous five and the boy get caught and locked in the same dungeon with the man who lives on the island. I particularly like the old fashioned and the detailed language that Enid Blyton uses in her books. Annick age 8

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chanakya Srinath

    It's a best adventure book. It's a best adventure book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Prashansa

    What to say now? This was really as exciting as ever. The most interesting part was when the five were on Whispering Island. They way they escaped from that cave through the well was really fascinating. I wish I had such adventures! They found various gold statues and jewels. Well, at last it was mentioned that Whispering island, the cottage on the hill in which the Five lived and Morris who used to tell tales about the island are all real. This was from the side of the author- Enid Blyton. I li What to say now? This was really as exciting as ever. The most interesting part was when the five were on Whispering Island. They way they escaped from that cave through the well was really fascinating. I wish I had such adventures! They found various gold statues and jewels. Well, at last it was mentioned that Whispering island, the cottage on the hill in which the Five lived and Morris who used to tell tales about the island are all real. This was from the side of the author- Enid Blyton. I liked the novel and will give 4 stars to it ****.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    These books (Famous five) are hands down one of my favorite books from my childhood. All those adventures and mystery …and those sandwiches they always packed! aww, just the best! I would love to read one of these again. To bring back those memories..memories of first experiences with reading books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Supriya Kunwar

    "The Famous Five" was all the rage back in school days. I worshiped the 5 characters, and was obsessed with Georgina, this Tomboy girl who hates being associated with anything that was remotely feminine. I'd read and reread this series and would dream of catching smugglers and solving mysteries when I grew up. I'd completely forgotten about them until today. Such good times! "The Famous Five" was all the rage back in school days. I worshiped the 5 characters, and was obsessed with Georgina, this Tomboy girl who hates being associated with anything that was remotely feminine. I'd read and reread this series and would dream of catching smugglers and solving mysteries when I grew up. I'd completely forgotten about them until today. Such good times!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hiraeth

    These books are super-nostalgic for me, and as a non-binary person hindsight is 20/20 on why I relate to George so much! Yes, I did read this instead of Lord of the Rings so I'd pass all my OWLs, I was running out of time! These books are super-nostalgic for me, and as a non-binary person hindsight is 20/20 on why I relate to George so much! Yes, I did read this instead of Lord of the Rings so I'd pass all my OWLs, I was running out of time!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Duncan Dandie

    The 20th and penultimate Famous Five. As much as I’ve enjoyed reliving my youth by reading these with my daughter I’m sad to say this was poor by the previous standard. I found it slow and predictable. Hoping the final entry goes back to an exciting read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Abecca

    Not as believable as most of the other famous five books, but still an enjoyable read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Not the best in the series, by a long way. The "mystery" was quite peculiar, and there were many loose ends, which didn't make much sense. Not the best in the series, by a long way. The "mystery" was quite peculiar, and there were many loose ends, which didn't make much sense.

  18. 4 out of 5

    muse anshori

    I read it just to reminisce my childhood...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dianeh

    In my opinion, I think it is important to remember these books were written for children. Many of the reviews I read complain that the stories as we near the end of the series are similar. As a child reader of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, I was captivated by every book. If the stories seemed similar, I didn’t notice. The children who read these books when they were first published probably didn’t notice either. The characters are interesting! In this book, Anne comes out of her “mouse” In my opinion, I think it is important to remember these books were written for children. Many of the reviews I read complain that the stories as we near the end of the series are similar. As a child reader of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, I was captivated by every book. If the stories seemed similar, I didn’t notice. The children who read these books when they were first published probably didn’t notice either. The characters are interesting! In this book, Anne comes out of her “mouse” role to show some spunk! Way to go, Anne!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Keerthana Bk

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. the book was well written with suspense.. but for me the ending was a bit unsatisfactory, i wanted to know more about who the main bad guy is, who was trading/ peddling golden statues from the island to the mainland. was it the nephew? or the other guy? because the five thought the nephew might not have cared about the island a little bit and that's why he was staying in America far away and also what happened to those two people who the pro told them who went to the island but never returned ba the book was well written with suspense.. but for me the ending was a bit unsatisfactory, i wanted to know more about who the main bad guy is, who was trading/ peddling golden statues from the island to the mainland. was it the nephew? or the other guy? because the five thought the nephew might not have cared about the island a little bit and that's why he was staying in America far away and also what happened to those two people who the pro told them who went to the island but never returned back.. were they really drowned?? it would have been more fun if they found those two guys in that cellar held captive and the five could help them escape along with them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Farseer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Five Have a Mystery to Solve Brief Summary by Poppy Hutchinson (from http://enidblytonsociety.co.uk): Adventure awaits, Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timothy when they are asked to stay at Hill Cottage, in the company of Wilfred: an unusual boy, with a gift for communicating with animals. Not far from the shore, lies Whispering Island – a place which seems to be riddled with eerie secrets and legends, involving some strange gleaming statues, and armed men on the island! Can the Five piece toget Five Have a Mystery to Solve Brief Summary by Poppy Hutchinson (from http://enidblytonsociety.co.uk): Adventure awaits, Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timothy when they are asked to stay at Hill Cottage, in the company of Wilfred: an unusual boy, with a gift for communicating with animals. Not far from the shore, lies Whispering Island – a place which seems to be riddled with eerie secrets and legends, involving some strange gleaming statues, and armed men on the island! Can the Five piece together the mystery and uncover the secrets that surround Whispering Island? Random thoughts: It seems that Julian, Dick and Anne now live near Kirrin Cottage, which changes a bit the situation of the series, where a visit from the cousins was a big deal or at least involved some logistical difficulties. Not that it matters too much, since there’s only one more novel after this one, but still it’s a noticeable change. Once together, the children can’t go out because they have to stay for tea (we are not in Kirrin Cottage, but at the cousins’ house). An old lady (Mrs. Layman) is very interested in talking to them. I can’t really blame the children for groaning, even if it’s not polite. Julian is there to remind everyone that Mrs. Layman used to be kind to them when they were little. Mrs. Layman has to visit a sick relative (the usual way of getting rid of adults in Enid Blyton tales), and she wants to know if the children would like to live for a few days in her house overlooking the harbor, and keep company to his young grandson. Rather imposing, I would say. The Five need to abandon any plans they may have had and go play babysitters for a little boy. Wouldn’t it make more sense for Wilfred to come to Kirrin Cottage instead, where there is adult supervision? But of course the adventure requires the children to go, so they did not have any other plans and quickly accept the offer. Wilfred turns out to have an uncanny ability to tame animals. Any little wild creature comes docile as a lamb when he calls. However, he is initially hostile to the children, saying he doesn’t need any company. He acts so snottily that at a certain point Anne turns into a tigress and throws a bucket of water on him! Good for Anne. Surprisingly, Wilfred forgets everything about his hostility and soon becomes a good friend of the older children. All this happens quite near Kirrin Cottage, and I have to wonder why the children had never heard of these places before. They went there by bike, and it was a very short trip. It looks as if Blyton can’t be bothered to write about travels any more. There’s a moment with unintentional innuendo when Wilfred can’t find the flute he uses to call animals and Dick says “It must be in your pockets… here, let me feel around.” Oh, innocent times… Meanwhile, they hear from several sources (including the typical old man with plenty of stories to tell) about the mysterious Whispering Island, where no one is allowed to set foot and there’s supposed to be fierce guardians willing to shoot anyone who tries. Speaking of Wilfred. This follows a trend I have noticed lately of not having books where the only protagonists are the Five. We have had important guest stars all through the series, but in the last few books it’s starting to seem that the Five can not carry the book on their own, and Blyton needs to bring in interesting allies. And they are made interesting by giving them an interesting animal, or making them twins or, in this case, by making them a magnet for animals. Of course, the children end up on Whispering Island, this time by mistake, since they were having a little boat trip and did not about the strength of the tides… As much fun as it is for children to have so much freedom, this sounds rather dangerous… OK, let’s talk about setting. This is the standard Kirrin Island configuration: an uninhabited island with a castle and secret passages. To get more atmosphere, the island is made a whispering island (because of the noise of the wind in the forest), the cliffs are made the wailing cliffs… To a certain extent it works, but it seems to me that Blyton is taking shortcuts here. Instead of making the setting evocative and interesting through descriptions she takes the fast way out of making everything “whispering” or “wailing” or whatever. Nice image, the statues in the forest, though. After being dragged by the tide to the island, the children don’t secure the boat properly and the tide drags it away. A bit careless, Ju! Another thing that bothered me is that the children were in danger on the island and they had a perfect opportunity to escape and alert the authorities when Wilfred arrived with a boat, but they didn’t take it. Then, after being kept prisoners and escaping, they decide to spend the night on the island in spite of the presence of bad guys with weapons. Just get away, guys! One thing I have noticed in this book is that it’s more dialogue-heavy than others in the series. A lot of it is narrated through dialogues, as if the characters were walking us through the story. Too much dialogue is not a good thing, in my opinion. The adventure is pretty standard but not bad. A bit short, but in line with some other books in the series. The main problem is that we get the same kind of thing we have seen multiple times before. I would have welcomed some more original elements. Once more, the plan of the bad guys is a bit silly when you stop to think about it. And I don’t understand why they did not run away when the children escaped. One thing I liked is that Anne (yes, Anne!) is at her fiercest here. She had warned her brothers and cousins that she could turn into a tigress, and in this book she does, twice! Then we get an anticlimactic ending, with the author informing us that the bad guys were arrested, but we don’t get to see it in first person. All in all… well, this is clearly not Blyton at her best. But it is not too bad either. It doesn't sully the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vinay Leo

    First time I’m rereading The Famous Five series. Some series are as beautiful to read as adults as they were in childhood. This series does fall into that category. One of my favorite adventures of the series. Whispering Island was something I remembered soon as I started rereading it, but it still felt exciting to reread!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sikoni

    adventure is necessary in life. don't get too comfortable or you'll be on your way to being obsolete adventure is necessary in life. don't get too comfortable or you'll be on your way to being obsolete

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Mills

    Felt like a rather rushed adventure.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Krishna Kumar

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Seriously brain-dead in many ways * The Five are on an island and they just escaped two criminals with guns. Instead of taking their boat immediately back to get the police, they decided it would be a nice time to get some sleep. Why, simply because the plot dictates that Anne needs to "turn into a tiger". * Instead of having a backup plan with somebody left behind to contact the police, the Five always seem to be inviting a situation where all of them get into trouble. To be fair, this happens to Seriously brain-dead in many ways * The Five are on an island and they just escaped two criminals with guns. Instead of taking their boat immediately back to get the police, they decided it would be a nice time to get some sleep. Why, simply because the plot dictates that Anne needs to "turn into a tiger". * Instead of having a backup plan with somebody left behind to contact the police, the Five always seem to be inviting a situation where all of them get into trouble. To be fair, this happens to an extent in other books, but not as egregiously as this one. * I always thought that George and her family lived very far away from the family of her cousins. But in this book, they seem to be living close to each other. * In the other books, the Five know that they need to pull their boats up on the shore (like at Kirrin Island) to avoid it being washed out to sea. In this one, they completely forget or don't even know.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dafne Flego

    Nostalgia read. :) I think that the "Famous Five" were the first real books (not picture books) I've ever read - the series that started it all! I remember them being the favourites of my crush-at-the-time (apparently I've always had a thing for intellectuals). :P Books last, romances fade... I remember not yet being able to pronounce English names correctly, but pronouncing them according to Croatian shallow ortography - and Uncle Quentin frustrated me with his unpronounceable Q! And I remember bei Nostalgia read. :) I think that the "Famous Five" were the first real books (not picture books) I've ever read - the series that started it all! I remember them being the favourites of my crush-at-the-time (apparently I've always had a thing for intellectuals). :P Books last, romances fade... I remember not yet being able to pronounce English names correctly, but pronouncing them according to Croatian shallow ortography - and Uncle Quentin frustrated me with his unpronounceable Q! And I remember being rather enthralled with their adventures. And the elements of the stories (this particular one, at least) have stuck with me, I see, in ways I didn't expect and wasn't conscious of. Nostalgia reads! <3

  27. 4 out of 5

    S.S.

    I have been on an Enid Blyton kick of late, re-visiting some of the books i once read as a wee dragonet. I wasn;t sure whether I had actually read this one before or not when i had the chance to purchase it recently. It turned out that I had but that's not a problem! It was nice to relive some old memories while enjoying a good mystery story. I remembered that I thought that one quite creepy when I was younger and it was good to see that I still felt the same way about it. (plus it's nice to see I have been on an Enid Blyton kick of late, re-visiting some of the books i once read as a wee dragonet. I wasn;t sure whether I had actually read this one before or not when i had the chance to purchase it recently. It turned out that I had but that's not a problem! It was nice to relive some old memories while enjoying a good mystery story. I remembered that I thought that one quite creepy when I was younger and it was good to see that I still felt the same way about it. (plus it's nice to see lizards getting a mention amongst the animals that Wilfred charmed. I'm a herpetophile so any mention of lizards will get me excited!) This is something to re-visit (or is that re-re-visit???) again in the future.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sachin Kaushik

    the first "famous five" book i read with my daughter. i thiought the plaot was easy and predictable, i cant believe kids would roam around the countryside as much as they do and even hire and row a boat to an island that has several conspiracy theories around it, and go on to explore the island while finding traseures and busting a smuggling racket. whoa!! too easy 1 wher does this happen in real life? but then i realized i am looking at it form an adult point of view, having a rather less than s the first "famous five" book i read with my daughter. i thiought the plaot was easy and predictable, i cant believe kids would roam around the countryside as much as they do and even hire and row a boat to an island that has several conspiracy theories around it, and go on to explore the island while finding traseures and busting a smuggling racket. whoa!! too easy 1 wher does this happen in real life? but then i realized i am looking at it form an adult point of view, having a rather less than satisfactory view of the world around me. these book are written for kids and my daughter enjoyed it. so i leave it at that rather than write a review with my rather jaded and cynical world view.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    "Finding secret passages, drinking ginger beer, hunting treasure, and foiling evil-doers." I absolutely adored Famous Five as a child. I trawled through secondhand stores and slowly acquired all of them. For some reason in my childhood, there were lots of British books and comics widely available and back then they were sold for the mighty sum of 10 cents. Seems funny now when some of the secondhand shops charge $7-10 per book! I still have all of them safely saved in storage for when Little Miss "Finding secret passages, drinking ginger beer, hunting treasure, and foiling evil-doers." I absolutely adored Famous Five as a child. I trawled through secondhand stores and slowly acquired all of them. For some reason in my childhood, there were lots of British books and comics widely available and back then they were sold for the mighty sum of 10 cents. Seems funny now when some of the secondhand shops charge $7-10 per book! I still have all of them safely saved in storage for when Little Miss grows up.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was the book I read least out of the series as a child so this reread is perhaps only my 3rd or 4th as opposed to some of them I have read many times. As such, I found myself immersed in this more than some of the others, and although by this point the stories are quite repetitive, I still enjoyed it. Classic FF elements include: gold beds, secret tunnels, an island, thuggish men, animals, TIMMY (who almost chokes in this one!), a rude boy who changes his ways after meeting the Five and an This was the book I read least out of the series as a child so this reread is perhaps only my 3rd or 4th as opposed to some of them I have read many times. As such, I found myself immersed in this more than some of the others, and although by this point the stories are quite repetitive, I still enjoyed it. Classic FF elements include: gold beds, secret tunnels, an island, thuggish men, animals, TIMMY (who almost chokes in this one!), a rude boy who changes his ways after meeting the Five and an elderly widow. Classic!

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