This week’s classic is the book responsible for giving pirates wooden legs, parrots and maps where X marks the spot. That’s right, its R.L. Stevenson’s Treasure Island – one of the most enjoyable books ever written.
Jim Hawkins finds a map to some hidden treasure, and sets sail to make his fortune. Along the way, the ship’s one legged cook and his parrot stage a mutiny and make a run for the gold on their own.
I read this one as a kid and loved it. It has everything you need from a boy’s own adventure story – dead bodies, mysterious clues, far-off lands, rum, buccaneers and maps (can’t beat a good map in an adventure book can you?):
Yep, if you’re after a quick recommendation, then this is my one for this week. It is brilliant, everything about it is fun – a plot that fizzes along, fantastic characters and dialogue that has lines like “dead men don’t bite” and “There’s never a man looked me between the eyes and seen a good day a’terward”.
So what do you think? Have you read it? Did you like it? Would you recommend it?
Let me know in the comments!