Winter 2009 Kids' List
“Take a look at this magnificent new edition of one of the best adventure stories ever written. John Lawrence's hand-colored, vinyl-cut, and wood-textured illustrations richly evoke the atmosphere and drama of the one of the best adventure stories ever written in this magnificent new edition. An unusually beautiful piece of bookmaking, and a special gift for any time of the year.”
— Carol, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
Clear the decks for one of the greatest swashbuckling stories ever told. Masterfully crafted, Treasure Island is a stunning yarn of piracy on the fiery tropic seas—an unforgettable tale of treachery that embroils a host of legendary swashbucklers, from honest young Jim Hawkins to sinister, two-timing Israel Hands, to evil incarnate, blind Pew. But above all, Treasure Island is a complex study of good and evil, as embodied by the hero-villain, Long John Silver, the merry, unscrupulous buccaneer-rogue whose greedy quest for gold cannot help but win the heart of every soul who ever longed for romance, treasure and adventure. Since its publication in 1883, Treasure Island has provided an enduring literary model for such eminent writers as Anthony Hope, Graham Greene, and Jorge Luis Borges. Listen to this classic tale come to life for your family!
"Young Jim Hawkins recounts this first-person adventure of piracy and treasure hunting, recounting his "life before the main." Tim Gregory narrates each word with loving tones as he revives this classic tale for today's listener. Gregory never falters over the all-too-familiar nautical and piratical phrases. Long John Silver, Black Dog, and other sailors conspire against Jim and his "partners," Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney, in their search for treasure on a deserted island. Bloody adventure and cruel murder are brought to life in Gregory's evenly paced tones. As the narrator portrays the young hero, the listener, regardless of age, is drawn into Stevenson's swashbuckling story of the quest for treasure in the tropics of Hispaniola."
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