Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five, #1)
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Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five #1)

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The very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, not forgetting tomboy George and her beloved dog, Timmy! There's a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are on the trail - looking for clues - but they're not alone! Someone else has got the same idea. Time is running out for the Famous Five, who will follow the clues and...more
Hardcover, Centenary Edition, 192 pages
Published November 1997 by Hodder (first published 1942)
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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 w...more
Adriana
MY FIRST BOOK.
Não me lembro de ser nada de especial, mas foi com este livro que a minha aventura literária começou. Os cinco foram os primeiros que me deixaram entrar num mundo distante. Não eram aquelas histórias de princesas que me faziam ver. Não eram já as infantilidades de livros para crianças. Tinha oito anos, quando adoeci e a minha mãe começou a ler-me esta aventura, em voz alta. A minha curiosidade era cada vez maior, a minha mãe tinha cada vez menos tempo. Por fim, não resisti e peguei...more
Judith
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....more
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 t...more
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.
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...more
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... i...more
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...more
Terri Lynn
This book about 4 children and a dog (the Famous Five) is just so charming! It has a 1940's British vibe to it which is probably because this was first published in 1942 and is set in England.

Julian, age 12, his brother Dick, age 11, and their sister Anne, age 10 attend boarding school and you would think their parents would want to spend some time with them while they are on their holiday but their mother lets them know that Daddy just wants to take her to Scotland and be alone with her (like h...more
Carol Thompson
Enid blyton is a classic author that should be an essential name on everyone's childhood bookshelves! The quintessential British stories syrike a truly magical chord with the reader as they are guided through gripping adventures by brilliantly vivid descriptions that almost make you feel like you might be in the story yourself!
'five on a treasure island' is the first in the 'famous five' series and tells the tale of the first time that George, Julian, Anne, Dick and timmy the dog meet for their...more
Barry Mchugh
“Five on a Treasure Island” by Enid Blyton
This is the first book of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series. Siblings “Dick” “Julian” and “Anne” discover that they have been invited to their cousin Georgina’s house instead of their usual summer holiday. Georgina (George) is a very bossy and difficult to get along with child. This causes some interesting altercations between herself and Julian who is a very strong character. George tells her cousins that the island off the beach belongs to her and when...more
Chris
Enid Blyton’s fiction remains extraordinarily popular. Despite the disdain of literary critics much of her vast output remains in print because, as publishers know, her work sells. I was brought up on the Noddy books, migrated to the Famous Five and then on to the Secret Seven. I never got onto Malory Towers or St Clare’s (girl’s stuff, of course) or anything else that wasn’t part of a series. Re-reading Five on a Treasure Island as an adult it’s clear why Blyton is criticised, made fun of and p...more
Miffy
This review will have to do for all the Famous Five books, because, well really, it's just the same story over and over again.
But that 'sameness' is the very reason I come back to the Famous Five even now. There's something very satisfying about knowing that the Five will triumph, despite all the set-backs, baddies and dire (unlikely) occurences. Enid Blyton was the queen of the 'safe' book - predictable in a very British sort of way, but with four capable, clever and courageous protagonists, wh...more
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...more
Prashansa
It is the first book in the Famous five series. It's really very exciting and adventurous. Julian, Dick, Anne and George not forgetting Timmy are really very brave and clever. I like Julian the most as he is a sharp thinker as well as herioc. Well, in this part Dick played a heroic role but still Julian was the one who made the plan. George (real name Georgina) thinks that she is a boy and she really deserves to be as she is not afraid of anything. Anne, being the youngest, is a little coward bu...more
Varun
A Delightful read ..a light one...amazing language of Enid Blyton..truly a kid's story but a person like me can also read it..A nice ending which is always expected from Enid..Great!
Mike
Been a heck of a long time since I read these, but I always wanted to be a part of the Famous Five gang and go away and have adventures.


Sadly I don't really remember the stories just vague plots from different books. Always my summer holiday read.
Joy
Sep 07, 2014 Joy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joy by: My father
07/08/2014

This book is very special to me. It was The Book That Got Me Started On Reading, back when I was a seven-year-old kid. I mean, yeah I'd read other things before, like simple children's readers and picture books, but this was the first real book I'd ever read. It took me a whole two weeks to finish, and I loved it.

Recently I've been kinda free, so I picked it up again. After what seemed like thirty minutes I was done reading, and I still love it.

Admittedly (far-fetched subject matter a...more
Kirsti
The wonderful first book in the Famous Five collection, and what a story! Somehow, none of the others, however much I liked them, are exactly like this book. This is the book where George discovers friendship, and that spending time with her cousins results in mysteries, but even better than that, in good times. Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy (who is at this moment a secret from George's parents) All head off to spend a few days on the delightful Kirrin Island, intent on searching for gold...more
Cruth
Author: Enid Blyton
Illustrator: Eileen Soper)
Originally Published: 1942
Length: 192 pages

Borrowed on her own initiative from a (slightly) older cousin, "Five on a Treasure Island" has been thoroughly enjoyed by the 7yo. Exciting, engrossing, interesting. A flowing language that is pleasant to read aloud - we were both eager to read just one more chapter. From the reader's pov the chapters are slightly lengthy; that extra chapter means another 15 minutes of reading when you should already be asle...more
Habibah
First in the Famous Five Series, this book introduces Julian, Dick, Ann, Cousin George (she's a girl) and Tim (the dog). Whilst on holiday on Kirrin Island the 5 come upon a shipwreck and learn about the legend of 'the gold ingots'. With others also after the treasure, it becomes a case of who will get to it first.

Although there has been a bit of controversy surrounding Blyton's writing of late, I chose to review this book as I have fond memories of the famous five when I was growing up. Enid Bl...more
hyperboreas_
- FAMOUS FIVE 2012: CHILDHOOD REVISITED -

Book one: Five on a Treasure Island

The Famous Five. Indeed, five of the most famous adventurers in young literature, and without a doubt five of the most important figures in my childhood.

I was introduced to the Famous Five as a young creature, at a time when the Famous Five weren't really 'Famous' anymore; despite their timeless appeal, they were a read more of my parents' generation than my own. Still, it only took me one book to become envolved in the...more
Joe Steward
Five on a Treasure Island is the first of a classic collection/ series of children’s stories (The Famous Five) and this very first Famous Five adventure follows the story of our young central characters Julian, Dick, Anne, and there seemingly strange cousin George, as well as her loveable dog Timmy. The story follows our characters adventure to Kirrin Island, where the wreck of a ship lay, and where there is a shipwreck, there must be treasure right? However, with others also on the trail for th...more
Clea
Two things. First: can I give two separate ratings? And second: while I am officially reviewing 'Five on a Treasure Island' this is a review of this series as a whole.

Okay, now that that's out of the way I have to say that these were the books that got me hooked on reading when I was something like nine years old, and seeing how dyslexia made reading a challenge that is saying something. Without a doubt nine-year old me would have given these books a five star rating. Adult me, on the other hand...more
Reuben Jackson
five on treasure island by enid blyton
this book is set in the uk during a time when kids didnt spend all day on facebook. when julian, dick and anne (three siblings) are informed they are going to be spending their holidays at their aunt fanny's house near sea they are excited, but when they arrive they meet their cousin Fanny's daughter Georgina they are shocked because she is not like any girl they've met before. georgina who insists on being called george is a tomboy who wears boys clothes an...more
Kjersti
Oh, famous five! When I was little I read pretty much anything I could get my hands on. At some point I was given a stack of books that had belonged to my parents when they were young, and this became my introduction to Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Tim. I loved every minute spent with these kids. I often feel disillusioned when I revisit my childhood, and yeah, sure Enid Blyton is old-fashioned and downright sexist when she claims boys don't cry and "good boy!" is the highest level of praise i...more
Avital
My childhood would have lacked a lot of mystery and joy if I hadn't read all of Enid Blython's books available in Hebrew. I am not sure which is Famous five and which is Five Detctives and a Dog-I first read one series, and then I felt it was too childish so I moved on to the books with the dog.
I remember only a little: how the fat boy used to put on costumes and at least once filled his mouth with cotton (Did Brando imitate him in the Godfather, or was it a mere coincidence?), the long tunnels...more
Rajeshwari Kamath
Oct 15, 2010 Rajeshwari Kamath rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rajeshwari by: Sonia Aunty
Five on treasure island
by Enid Blyton

This book I found it very interesting since this is the first Enid Blyton book.This book is a adventure book.The language is very simple and easy to understand to any person of my age group.The flow of the story is in such a way that each page has something interesting.I could not put the book down until i finished reading the entire book.
In this book Julian Dick and Anne are meeting their cousin Georgina for the first time in Kirrin island.This story is re...more
Jaime
I only recently discovered this series, and I wish I’d known about it as a child. I quite enjoyed it! In this first book, you are introduced to siblings Julian, Dick, and Anne, their cousin George (the ultimate tomboy), and her dog Timmy. I wasn’t expecting the fifth of the five to be a dog, but he turns out to be a pretty important part of the team. I thought this was a great little adventure story with some twists I didn’t expect, and it holds up well nearly 70 years after it was written. I’ll...more
Louise
we're doing kids literature at book club this month, otherwise I would not be reading this, Blyton is a little too twee for me.
Being fairly sure I knew this story off by heart, turns out I dont know it at all... surprised at how young the children were, I always imagined them older (though not as old as the comic strip has them!!) and how Uncle Quentin is not just naturally bad tempered, but has a reason for it.

there is nothing earth shattering here, likeable enough... might give others a miss f...more
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Born in 1897 in South London, Enid Mary Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to editor Hugh Pollock, with whom she had tw...more
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