Parents' Guide to

Treasure Island

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Boy and pirates hunt buried treasure in thrilling adventure.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 8+

Great reading for children aged 8+ depending on ability

age 9+

One of the best children books ever

Read this aloud to my kids. Easily one of the best children's books ever. Boys loved and I loved reading it to them :)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (28 ):

Robert Louis Stevenson's most well-known book defines the classic adventure story. Treasure Island comes complete with a lionhearted young hero, ruthless pirates, mutiny, and buried treasure. Though some of the language in this 1883 novel can seem old-fashioned, and occasionally racist, there's plenty of suspense and swashbuckling battles to keep readers engaged. Equally appealing is the way the author develops characters and the relationship between Jim Hawkins and the one-legged Long John Silver.

Silver is a complex character, with measured judgment and superior intelligence, and Stevenson's descriptions of his appearance and manner of speaking created the mold for just about every fictional pirate that came after him. Likewise, elements of the book -- including the treasure map marked with an "X," the song "Dead Man's Chest (Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum)," and parrots -- show the way Stevenson invented the popular image of a pirate. This is an important book and a thrilling one.

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