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Hamilton, Tim, adaptor. Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

HAMILTON, Tim, adaptor. Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Penguin, Puffin Graphics. 176p. illus. c2005. 0-1424-0470-5. $9.99. JSA *

Treasure Island is a tale made for graphic adaptation. Young Jim Hawkins meets the old sea-hand known as the Captain at his parents' inn. The Captain wishes to avoid his old mates, but soon enough the summons comes--the dreaded Black Spot. The Captain drops dead where he stands, bloodthirsty pirates overwhelm the inn, and Jim and his mother barely escape with their lives. The pirates are seeking the Captain's treasure map (which Jim took with him), showing where the booty he murdered six men for lies. Soon Jim is on the high seas, seeking Treasure Island. Unfortunately, the ship's crewmen (led by Long John Silver) are all pirates, and mutiny and murder ensue.

Reading this graphic novel made me want to read the original book. It moves quickly; it is loaded with action, and young Jim is a likable protagonist. What surprised me is that Long John Silver, a thief and a murderer, is also likable; he is a charming fellow who has a real liking for Jim. The b/w artwork is gritty and realistic--Mr. Smith used human models for his pirates (his facial expressions are particularly impressive), and he makes great use of light and shadow. Contains depictions of violence and lots of pirate swears (yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!). Highly recommended for libraries with graphic novel collections. George Galuschak, YA Libn., Montvale PL, Montvale, NJ
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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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