Reviews for Treasure Island
Booklist Reviews 2003 August #1
Gr. 5-9. This is one of the best in the picture-book-size Scribner Storybook Classic series. True to the spirit of Stevenson's timeless novel, Timothy Meis' abridged retelling captures the bloody action of mutiny on the high seas and the cutthroat quest for hidden treasure. The story is told through the eyes of brave cabin boy Jim, who fights off the murderous pirates and bonds with their one-legged leader, Long John Silver. Wyeth's thrilling, handsomely reproduced paintings, originally done in 1911, will attract a variety of readers, including some older high-schoolers. In dark shades of brown and red, the pictures focus on the grim, exciting struggle on board the ship and on the island. At the same time, there's a burning golden glow in the background of almost every scene, keeping readers in mind of the treasure that drives the wild action. The most unforgettable painting--and one of Wyeth's most famous--is the melancholy scene of Jim leaving home as his mother weeps in the background. It's the elemental adventure. ((Reviewed August 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Spring
Stevenson's grand, full-length novel has been severely abridged: the text spans a few dozen pages. However, Wyeth's burnished oil-color depictions of the peg-legged pirate Long John Silver and his cohorts are shown to good effect on the oversize pages, which will probably appeal more to adult collectors than to kids seeking a good read. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2003 June #4
The Scribner Storybook Classic line adds Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, abridged by Timothy Meis, with vintage illustrations by N.C. Wyeth. Young Jim Hawkins finds a treasure map and follows it to South America, only to wind up in the hands of the notorious pirate Long John Silver. Climactic scenes of aggressive mutineers or the hero's valiant attempt to keep the evil Mr. Hands at bay come alive in Wyeth's atmospheric oil paintings. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.