A collection of three Famous Five adventure stories in one volume. The friends follow the tracks of a ghostly train in FIVE GO OFF TO CAMP; FIVE GET INTO TROUBLE sees Dick being mistaken for someone else - and kidnapped; and how will the friends rescue Timmy and George in FIVE FALL INTO ADVENTURE? Part of the FAMOUS FIVE series.
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Who knew? The Five Little Peppers and the Bobsey Twins are alive and well and living in England. Enid Blyton's Famous Five series throw groups of spirited British children together for adventures that are often dangerous but always lack violence, blood or gore. The Famous Five--four cousins and a dog--mix boys and girls, all somewhere between the ages of 8 and 13 years old in adventures. In FIVE GO OFF TO CAMP the Five foil a black market smuggling ring by sneaking around in an abandoned train tunnel. The childish voices reproduced with crisp British accents by Francis are beguiling. In fact, the cheerful, plucky tone of this actress's readings is the most appealing thing about this volume, adding life and believeability to the pedestrian writing and unlikely plot twists. M.C. (c) AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Library Journal:
Grade 2-5-Originally published in 1942, this title is from the British children's mystery series The Famous Five, written by Enid Blyton. Despite a good dramatic reading by actress Jan Francis, the story is quite dated and contains sex-role and cultural stereotypes that would make even the most politically incorrect cringe. Sensitive, fearful, pouty Anne sticks close to tomboy George (short for Georgina) while the boys, Julian and Dick, take the lead in initiating most of the action in the story, which includes teasing the girls. The only appealing character is George's dog, Timmy, the fifth of the Famous Five, but even he seems to think that girls are silly and boring and sneaks off at night to explore an abandoned railroad yard with the boys. More evidence that this is a relic from bygone days is the hard-to-believe premise that children would be allowed to go off on a practically unsupervised camping trip with a forgetful, eccentric schoolmaster. The whoops and scalpings of a game of "Red Indians" further doom this offering. Skip this anachronism and choose something worthwhile from the growing body of genuine children's literature in audiobook format.
Mary Ellen Aureli, Lewiston Porter Elementary School, Youngstown, NY
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Book Description Brockhampton Press, London, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Very Good. No Jacket. Soper, Eileen A. (illustrator). Reprint hardback red cloth 184 pp Illustrations by Eileen Soper Near Very Good condition. No inscriptions. No dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 056660
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 0340033681 UK BASED SELLER - SHIPS DAILY ALL OVERSEAS SHIPPING VIA AIRMAIL. SLIGHTLY TANNED PAGES. NO DJ. Bookseller Inventory # H0041805
Book Description Brockhampton Press, Leicester, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Eileen Soper (illustrator). First Edition. Reprint without incriptions. Not price clipped and a very clean copy. Another Famous Five adventure. Bookseller Inventory # 21089
Book Description Brockhampton Press, Leicester, 1970. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Reprint. Pictorial endpapers and b&w illstns by Eileen Soper. Tight and square, unmarked. Dust jacket is unclipped but has scuffing and tiny edge tears to the front panel. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 026288
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton (1948), London, 1948. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. First Edition. Owner's inscription on reverse of front free endpaper. Spine faded and marked. Slight foxing throughout. 1 1/2" x 3/8" chip at head of dust wrapper spine. 1/8" x 1" chip missing at tail of dust wrapper spine. 2 x 3/4" tears at head of dust wrapper spine. A couple of 1/4" tears along head of rear panel of dust wrapper. Some marking to dust wrapper. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; 192 pages + plates. Illustrated. Blue papered boards with black lettering. Illustrated endpapers. First edition. Page dimensions: 185mm x 125mm. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 7396