"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest---
yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!"
Ahoy, ahoy, mates, shall we play a game today?
It's simple and fun and it involves a…quest.
So, take the words: island, pirate. treasure, villain, shipwreck, captain, danger, hero, mix them up thoroughly in a blender called ADVENTURE, add a drop of rum and you'll get one of the most entertaining stories for children of all ages!
A beloved classic which kept its youthful charm safely stored in the hearts of all its readers, "Treasure Island" is a story in which you will find: a brave and honest hero, Jim Hawkins, a charming and witty villain, Long John Silver, a whole range of other terrific characters and an exotic setting, all wrapped up in a fast-paced rhythm that will urge you to read the book breathlessly, while searching for clues and hints to help you unearth your own treasure, be it in your back garden or on a faraway island of your choice.
And if you don't know what a BLACK SPOT is, pray you don't receive one, as a a pirate takes a summons very seriously.
In case you managed to upset one so badly as to be sent such a menacing message, then all you can do is store it safely in the DEAD MAN's CHEST and run as fast as you can, dragging the chest along, of course!
Here's a sample of all the riches this story has to offer; but, read it at your own risk, as it will hook you up faster than a captain's right arm:
"Now, I'll tell you what," he went on. "So much I'll tell you, and no more. I were in Flint's ship when he buried the treasure; he and six along--six strong seamen. They was ashore nigh on a week, and us standing off and on in the old WALRUS. One fine day up went the signal, and here come Flint by himself in a little boat, and his head done up in a blue scarf. The sun was getting up, and mortal white he looked about the cutwater. But, there he was, you mind, and the six all dead--dead and buried. How he done it, not a man aboard us could make out. It was battle, murder, and sudden death, leastways--him against six. Billy Bones was the mate; Long John, he was quartermaster; and they asked him where the treasure was. 'Ah,' says he, 'you can go ashore, if you like,
and stay,' he says; 'but as for the ship, she'll beat up for more, by
thunder!' That's what he said."
Ahoy, fellow adventurer, you need look no more, because if you're a reader, you've already found your treasure!
(hint: these are lovely things, real or virtual, that can fly you to the best of worlds, on their wings turned into…pages)