Enid Blyton's The Secret Island Book Review
If you enjoy light-hearted, funny and friendly children stories you will have heard of Enid Blyton. You would have heard of her Famous Five and Secret Seven stories as well as the St Clare and Mallory Tower novels. The library have just got a new series by Enid Blyton called the Secret series. The first book in the series is The Secret Island. This book is about four children who, due to certain circumstances, run away together to live on a secret island by themselves without any adults.
The three siblings, Mike, Peggy and Nora, are running away from their cruel aunt and uncle who work them to the bone after their parents go missing. Their friend Jack finds a secret island on a nearby lake where they can hide from everyone, especially the cruel aunt and uncle. Together they work to build a lovely little willow-tree house, with beds made of bracken and heather and grow their own vegetables. Cunning Jack even manages to bring his cow, Daisy, and some hens to the island for fresh milk and eggs every day!
The children are left alone on the island without adult supervision, eating freshly picked juicy berries, exploring the island’s caves, going swimming and cooking their own meals. The children grow more independent and hardworking as they learn to work together, supporting each other in their adventure. Together the children manage to live on the island peacefully until invaders come to the island. The children show their independence and teamwork by having already prepared an escape route from their willow house to the caves. The children managed to bring their food supplies, as well as the hens and the cow, but it is a close encounter for the adults check the caves only to be scared off by a loud scary sound- the MOOOOOOing of Daisy the cow.
The book is recommended for anyone who ever dreamed of running away from their parents, those who want to experience adventures with loyal and faithful friends. The book is well written, the author makes you believe that what you are reading can come true. That a group of determined, smart, loyal and brave children can survive alone on the island together.