Stevenson’s prototypical swashbuckling story receives a traditional treatment in this unabridged, oversize version. Lawrence evokes the essence of classic adventure stories with his vinyl-cut illustrations, as thick black shapes are tempered by muted tones of blue, gold and green. The grimacing faces of pirates are appropriately blemished and begrimed, elegant vessels are seen moored under a starry sky and the island’s wild intrigue is captured in subtle, grainy glimpses. As they follow Jim Hawkins to sea, readers will feel they’ve discovered a true relic with this edition. Ages 9–14. (Oct.)
When an old sea captain appears at the inn that Jim Hawkins' family owns, a series of events begins that sends Jim into one of the most classic adventures in children's literature. Jim holds the keys to the treasure of the late Captain Flint, which attracts the attention of many pirates, including a certain Long John Silver. From taverns in England to exotic islands, Jim, the pirates, and some helpers from home all travel to find this elusive treasure. Young Jim finds that it is hard to look for a treasure when people want you deadand you never know who to trust! While the new reader may find some of the story cliche, one must remember that this is the pirate story upon which all modern pirate stories are modeled. The original pirate story for children still reigns supreme, now with a wonderful forward by Eoin Colfer. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
"There are few novels which grip so thrillingly as those first read in childhood, and for me none which has quite matched the excitement of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island." P. D. James, author,
The Children of Men
"Reading Treasure Island at the age of seven or eight was my real awakening as a reader . . . it is all as frightening and exciting when read for the umpteenth time in middle age as when first discovered in childhood." A. N. Wilson, author,
The Lying Tongue
"What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson’s prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie." Jake Arnott, author,
The Long Firm
"Easily accessible, bottom-of-the-page notes provide outstanding illumination of the text’s literary and historical contexts, particularly biblical and nautical references that might otherwise elude modern readers. No other edition provides a better insight into the (sometimes murky) compositional processes behind this classic work of fiction. For fans of Sutherland's unique detective-style readings, the appendix of 'puzzles and conundrums' will prove an added bonus."
"Broadview's new edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island is an excellent teaching text because of its detailed textual annotations, which help guide readers through the book's nineteenth-century context. As a historian, I appreciate how these annotations, along with the five appendices, place Stevenson's fantasy in context with popular seventeenth- and eighteenth-century textual influences on pirate mythology. John Sutherland finishes the edition with a series of 'puzzles and conundrums' raised by the story; these are bound to stimulate discussion in a seminar setting."
Innocent young man, pirates, buried treasure, adventureStevenson packed it all into this classic! Jim Hawkins narrates his tale, which begins in the inn run by his parents. The old sea dog Billy Bones arrives with his sea chest, planning to finish his days at the inn. Bones hires Jim to watch out for other sailors, but Jim is unable to prevent visits by those hunting Bones. The deaths of Bones and Jim's father force Jim and his mother to flee for their lives. To cover Bone's debt, they take a packet of his from his chest and later discover a treasure map showing the location of Pirate Flint's buried treasure. Jim joins forces with Squire Trelawny and Dr. Livesey, who use their resources to buy and outfit a ship, hire a crew (including Long John Silver, who is also searching for the treasure), and set sail for Treasure Island. Jim overhears Silver and some of his former cohorts planning a mutiny. A bloody battle ensues on board and on the island, with Jim and his men eventually prevailing and heading home with the treasure on board. Lawrence's woodcut illustrations are an outstanding complement to this swashbuckling and unabridged tale. Thick black shapes with muted color undertones capture the spirit of Stevenson's words. Several elements of design vividly unite text and illustrations. The double-page Table of Contents, with small woodcuts on the left, gives the reader a quick overview of all that is to happen. Small woodcuts are also placed at the beginning of each chapter and strategically throughout the book. Multiple full-page and double-spread cuts showing fierce pirates, beautiful scenery, elegant ships, and more complete Lawrence's bold and visually striking storytelling. The font has an old-fashioned look, yet it is crisp and easy to read. This enduring tale of greed, loyalty, discovery, and adventure will reach a new generation in this large, boisterous, stunning edition. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
Children's Literature - Peg Glisson