“ Author: Enid Blyton / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 03 February 2011 / Genre: Children's General Fiction / Publisher: Hachette Children's Books / Title: Five Go to Demon's Rocks / ISBN 13: 9780340931776 / ISBN 10: 0340931776 / Alternative title: The Famous Five: Five Go to Demon's Rocks - Enid Blyton / Alternative ISBN 10: 0340765321 „
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Five Go To Demon's Rocks is the 19th in the series of 21 books by Enid Blyton featuring the Famous Five. Many view the books as the best children's literature ever, and they are incredibly popular, and have been since their original publications in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. I agree with this viewpoint as they were my favourite books as a child and I still read them now from time to time.
The Famous Five are Julian, Dick and Anne Kirrin, their cousin George (Georgina) Kirrin and her dog Timmy. Five Go To Demon's Rocks sees the Five staying in a lighthouse at Demon's Rocks for their latest holiday. Their friend Tinker and his pet monkey Mischief tag along, and, after talking to many people in the village, they find that, not surprising for teh Famous Five, there is a maze of smugglers' tunnels underneath the lighthouse that are rumoured to house the treasure of long forgotten smugglers. The Five delve into adventure, but are wary as one of the smuggler's descendants is lurking around, and he and the people he is with don't seem to want to make friends!
The book is another well written one from Enid Blyton. It features one of teh Famous Five's more well known subjects: treasure! It featured in the very first book, Five On A Treasure Island, and has been a constant theme all the way through. The writing style is very much geared towards chilren, and I found the book very easy to read as a child. It is 184 pages long, and I managed to read it in a couple of hours the last time I gave it a go. It was a welcome continuance of quality following no.18 in the series, with the previous few before that having dipped in quality.
The book was originally published in 1960. The copy I have was published in 1985 and it cost £1.95 at the time. Five Go To Demon's Rocks is available from amazon.co.uj for £3.49.