Book Review of Treasure Island
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Ages: 9+ | 336 Pages
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd | ISBN-13: 9781840227888
What to Expect: Adventure, Classics, and Coming of Age
Avast ye, me mateys and landlubbers, Treasure Island is the most famous adventurous adventure ever written about pirates.
The story of Treasure Island began as a map that Robert Louis Stevenson had created while drawing with his stepson on a rainy day. In the book, the island is described as looking like “a fat dragon standing up.” Once he started to add harbors and bays, a brilliant story started to come to life. He even mentioned five real-life pirates in Treasure Island: William Kidd, Blackbeard, Edward England, Howell Davis, and Bartholomew Roberts.
Batten down the hatches because this tale begins with Jim Hawkins, a brave and honest young cabin boy, discovering a treasure map belonging to a strange sailor who dies at the Admiral Benbow Inn. Along with his friends, Captain Smollett, Squire Trelawney, and Dr. Livesey, Jim sets sail in Hispaniola with the mission to find the treasure. When it becomes apparent that there are a bunch of buccaneers who also want the map and the buried loot it leads to, Jim must use both his brains and his bravery if he is to fight off the mutinous pirates led by the one-legged Long John Silver.
Just as a stormy ocean swells and moves fast, so too does this adventurous story with its crew of both treacherous and heroic characters. But who will get to the buried pirate booty first? Shiver me timbers, Treasure Island is indeed a splendid choice for adventure-seeking scallywags. Now … read it or walk the plank!
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About the Author
Despite being plagued with illness for much of his life, Robert Louis Stevenson traversed the planet and became a prolific travel writer. His most enduring legacy, however, is as the novelist to Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A Child’s Garden of Verses. He is the 26th most translated author in the world.
What to Read Next if You Love Treasure Island
- Peter and the Starcatchers, by Dave Barry
- Nick of Time, by Ted Bell
- Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
- Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie