Blimey! It has been such a long, long time since the last time I read any of the Famous Five Series. I read that (translated into Bahasa Indonesia) long before Sherlock Holmes. My mother recommended it to me. I found one in a book rental and read it eagerly. Perhaps Enid Blyton's Famous Five was the thing that made me such a lover of adventures and mysteries tales, rather than romance, for example.
Enough of that. Now to the book itself. Five on a Treasure Island is the first novel of the series. It tells us about the adventure of the siblings Julian, Dick, and Anne, together with their cousin George and her dog Tim on an island called Kirrin – an ordinary island with rabbits and ruins. That was before they found the map to a treasure somewhere underground.
I admire Enid Blyton for her grand imagination, her ideas of countless tales and adventures and her ability of putting those into simple words – so simple that even children could understand it. As you go from page to page, you find yourself stolen into the book itself. The pace of the events doesn't give room to any boredom and you can finish the book in just one go.
I read this book for the first time before I was 10 (I'm not quite sure, but when I was 12 or 13 I started Sherlock Holmes so it must be some years before that). I think kids from 8 y.o or 9 y.o may read it for fun. It's easy, and the story brings new, exciting, and good experience to young minds.