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The Island of Adventure

(Adventure #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  4,030 ratings  ·  154 reviews

For Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack, the holiday in Cornwall is everything they'd hope for - until they begin to realize that something very sinister is taking place on the mysterious Isle of Gloom.

But they're not prepared for the dangerous adventure that awaits them in the abandoned copper mines and secret tunnels beneath the sea.

Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Pan Macmillan (first published 1944)
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Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st in a series of 8 books that I've read many times during my childhood.
Used to get them at the library every summer, sometimes I read them in order, sometimes not, it didn't really matter, I enjoyed them whatever way I read them.
To be honest, it wasn't reading, it was sharing the adventures with the characters, they did get into some predicaments, ones we all dreamed about getting into ourselves as kids in real life!
I got the boxed set for Christmas when I was 40, I read them
Tom Seward
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enid-blyton
Enid Blyton is an amazing childrens author, bestselling in the world. Although almost undiscovered by Americans.

This series (The Adventure Series is 8 books long) Features 4 friends who fall into adventures with counterfeiters, gunrunners, treasure hunters and the like. Jack, Philip, Diana, and Lucy-Anne and their crazy talking parrot, KIKI, are a lot of fun to follow through their adventures... This series is top notch reading... introduce your children to Enid Blyton today!
Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review:

The first and perhaps most memorable of Blyton's Adventure series - starring Dinah and her brother Philip (and his assorted animals), Jack and his wimpy sister Lucy-Ann, and Kiki the Parrot. No one who has read this book will forget the perilous descent into a dark well, relying on metal staples for grip. Fusty, musty, dusty!
Sherwood Smith
Dec 15, 2009 added it
Shelves: fiction
I am afraid to reread these books again--I started to ten or fifteen years back, and was appalled at how dead cliche they were. But when I was ten, they were the most riveting and exciting books I'd ever found, and I adored them. Blyton mastered the formula of establishing character types, so that the kid reader can easily recognize characters and motivations, gets the adults conveniently out of the way, and lets the kids have the adventure and solve things. The prose is instantly accessible, ...more
Tara Calaby
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junior-fiction
The Adventure series was one of my favourites when young, but I don't think I read this particular title more than once, going by the fact that I didn't remember the plot at all when re-reading it. It's a strong adventure story for kids, although I personally think that later titles in the series were stronger. Certain aspects of the book are a little bemusing when reading as an adult - like the strange man whom the children befriend and eventually invite into their bedroom for the night ;) ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This is typical Enid Blyton stile and has a striking similarity with the Famous 5 story where they go to the island for the first time. It is actually 5 once more (4 kids and 1 parrot), on school holidays, 2 kids visiting other 2 kids, secret passages, bandits, etc. It is a good story to read, however, if you read the Famous 5 this book comes across as not being very creative and a sort of "more of the same".
The cavalry gets there in the end :).
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle Grade Readers Who Enjoy Adventure Stories
The first in a series of eight books detailing the adventures of a group of children and their avian companion, The Island of Adventure (first published in 1944) introduces young readers to Philip and Dinah Mannering, Jack and Lucy-Ann Trent, and Kiki the parrot. When Jack and Lucy-Ann come to stay with Philip and Dinah at Craggy-Tops - their aunt and uncle's home on the rugged Cornwall coast - the four children are soon caught up in an exciting mystery involving the nearby Isle of Gloom. Who is ...more
Helen Yeomans
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I came across this book from my youth and decided to re-read it to see if it stands up.

It does. Enid Blyton apparently wrote more than 700 books for children, but I always thought you could keep your Noddys and your Famous Fives; the Adventure series was my favourite. I liked the two sets of siblings, Phillip and Dinah, and their friends Jack and Lucy Ann. And Kiki the parrot is still good for a laugh or two. The adults, especially Bill Smugs, were always around when you needed them but
Jake Collins
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Adventure series is brilliant - Enid Blyton at her absolute best. It's like the Famous Five series but much more hard-core. Jack, Philip, Dinah and Lucy-Ann constantly find themselves in extreme survival situations that would probably make the Five decide to cut their losses and take their own lives. Usually (although not in this particular instalment) the children get themselves trapped in some godforsaken foreign country for months on end with apparently no feasible way of ever escaping. ...more
Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I'm a fan of Enid Blyton. A HUGE fan. And yes, I have found pleasure beyond rose-tinged nostalgia even re-reading her books as an adult. I suppose there's a reason I never stumbled upon the Adventure series as a child - while Blyton deals fantastically well with boarding school stories and fantasy worlds for children, whether it be fairies and gollywogs, adventure stories seem rather less her forte. And I would hazard a guess that this series is accordingly lesser known than some of her ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-tbd
It can be hard, re-reading childhood favourites (or, in this case, moderately well-liked introductions to series that contain favourites). They never live up to your memories.

But sometimes, it can be a unexpected pleasure. You know it won't live up to your memories, and so your expectations can be low, and easily surpassed.

I was very pleasantly surprised, on re-reading The Island of Adventure. Yes, the plot is thin, and the characters, while well-sketched, still essentially simplistic. But it's
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-ya
I loved this!
As a child, I only had the second book in this series, and absolutely loved it. So it was great to read, all these years later, the beginnings of the friendship between the children in this first story.
I have to say, these books are like little Indiana Jones books for kids- so full of excitement. And not just for kids either-I was genuinely gripped in certain parts, and I'm 37 years old!!!!
It's a real joy to know that Enid Blyton can still keep me enthralled, even now. Loved her
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Old memories. Read it again after many years.
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Philip and Dinah Mannering and Lucy-Ann and Jack Trent have had the best of luck in being allowed to spend summer break together at the Mannering’s home – a castle, actually – Craggy Tops. They spend most of their time crawling along the beaches and hills and cliffs near Craggy Tops looking at birds and trying to find a way to get out to the mysterious island they see every once in a while through the fog out on the ocean. Unfortunately, their only options are Bill Smuggs, a friendly but ...more
This series of books was chosen as part of my 2015 Reading Challenge but I'd often wanted to revisit the books of my childhood. I remember absolutely loving Enid Blyton and so I was apprehensive would they live up to my memories. Well I'm pleased to say I was not disappointed it was every bit as exciting and fun as I remembered and I can see why Enid Blyton was so popular and why I loved them so much as a child.

The 4 children Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack (not forgetting Kiki the parrot) are
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Jan 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. Sallie and I were reading it aloud. I would compare the quality of writing to the Hardy Boys series. But, the characters were difficult to tell apart, and I felt like there wasn't much redeeming in the story line. The children are dishonest, the adults are disinterested, except the "stranger" the children meet (and he is a nice person, but not a behavior I want to encourage in my children). The children in the story justify dangerous and/or dishonest behavior ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it
The first book in Enid Blyton’s Adventure series.

I’ve read a few books in this series over the years, but I’ve never read the series in its entirety, or the first book, so it was great to read where it all began.

It had all of the trademarks of a Blyton novel; a group of kids, a cool pet, obvious bad guys, plenty of good eats and a rollicking, good adventure.

This one was very similar to the first book in the Famous Five series as far as the setting, with the Island, underground tunnels, ring of
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
How I inhaled this series when I was eight! It really is the same book repeated over and over, with some stories more successful than others.

And I'm starting to think that Enid Blyton's most successful characters are her animals. Kiki somehow never grates on my nerves, probably because I'm forever laughing at how she grates on everyone else's. Then again, "how people react to Kiki" is a frustrating good/evil barometer. SO. Typical Enid Blyton.
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was recommended by one of my Indian students because this is his favorite author. It is very old (published in 1944), but it is still a goodie. The characters and story are well-developed, and the action and suspense are thrilling, but not too scary. The old-fashioned language is also very amusing. This is a good book for any elementary aged reader. It is part of a series, and I am excited to read more!
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was rather scary. I was gripping my seat in sheer terror throughout the entire book. It was THAT scary. On the whole, it was a definite thriller, a story full of surprising and (more) shocking turns, a must-read book for all Enid Blyton lovers. I won't tell you the story, for if I do, what good is the book? I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure, 2011-books
After a long time, I finally got to start the adventure series and i felt it was worth it ... the plot is acceptable for a bunch of early teens ... first of all they are not portrayed to be super human kids who can do more than we can imagine... but just a bunch of curious georgies :) acceptable for their age ... and lucky at the end :)

Can wait to continue the series ...
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This really is an amazing book! The characters are so relatable and I just love Kiki. This is the only series that I've every laughed out loud while reading. Kiki says so many random things that are hilarious. I really got sucked in the book, and in some parts it was just like I'm sitting beside the characters! 4.5 stars...
M.K. Aston
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderfully exciting tale for children. And a nostalgic read for me. Loved these books as a kid and still get enjoyment from them today. Stuart Tresilian's illustrations are simply terrific too.
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, adventure
Oh boy, I knew even when I read it for the first time during childhood that this series is misogynistic like hell, but it's actually worse than I remember. Other than that nice story, but not as good and exciting as the other books in the series.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Plenty of people have nostalgia for these, but since I didn't grow up with them I see them just as sexist, racist, mud. Kids books have improved dramatically over the last several decades. Read something else instead.
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thnk this is a great book.Another one of enid blytons classics the way this book shows adventures among the friends is great
Swathika Manu
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the plot, though it was quite predictable.
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book Is so a really fun to read
Jasmine Anne Victoria
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fun carictewr, tpyical Enid Blyton plot. A must read fo all Enid blyton fans.
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Enid Mary Blyton (1897 - 1968) was an English author of children's books.

Born in South London, 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

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