Island of The Aunts, by Eva Ibbotson


Personal Rating: 8.8 out of 10.0
Unbiased Rating: 9.0 out of 10.0

From the Back Cover of Island of the Aunts
“Aunt Etta, Aunt Coral, and Aunt Myrtle need help caring for the mermaids, selkies, and other creatures who live on their hidden island— and they know that adults can’t be trusted. What the kindly old aunts need are a few sensible and sturdy children who can keep a secret. And while kidnapping is generally not a good idea, sometimes it just has to be done. (After all, some kids just plain need to be kidnapped.) When the newly kidnapped assistant caretakers, Minette and Fabio, arrive on the island, all kinds of amazing and wondrous things start happening.

Personal Review
I have actually read this book several times, and thought each and every time that it was a wonderful book. The story is heart-warming and exciting, with a subtle theme of respect and sensibility. The older characters are well-rounded and lovable(not to mention downright fun), while the younger characters (except for Lambert) show character growth and likability as well.
I mean, I haven’t read every book in the world, but to me, a group of aunts living on an island to take care of not only regular animals, but mythological animals does NOT rank high on the list of clichés. I also thought it was rather funny that they so clearly marked themselves as aunts, since their sister Betty got married (to a tax inspector no less) and had children.
I also loved the fact that the main characters (not including the aunts) Fabio and Minette, were so very different from the other children described in the book. While most of the other children mentioned in the book (for instance, Betty’s children) were shown to be horrid little brats that were idiots and had no common sense, while Fabio and Minette were perfectly sensible children.
There is nothing I hate more than a poorly raised/bratty/basically-an-idiot child. So therefore I loved the fact that Fabio and Minette were so far from my basic hate standards.
In one view, the second theme of the book can scream, “SAVE THE WHALES.” But, instead of making humans out to be the complete bad guys, it simply shows the two sides humans can take. The kind, good kind, like the children and the aunts; and the bad side, Lambert and his father, Mr. Sprott.
So overall, Island of the Aunts is an excellent book, even if you’re not a young person, it’s a fun read, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for something light and entertaining.

Technical Review

Narrative Pace: It starts out at a moderate pace, the first chapter explaining the situation the aunts are in followed by the next three chapters showing how the aunts are doing on their quest to kidnap children. After that, the pace slows down to life on the island and then picks up in speed as the turning point nears.

Writing Style: I like the style used in this book; I find it very straight forward, and although the subject might have comments added to it, it doesn’t deviate so much as to make the narrative confusing. It reminds me of the way Peter Pan was written.

Twist Quality: There is at one point a twist, and I must say, it’s a pretty good one. Like all good twists, you didn’t see it coming.

Beginning: Draws a quick background without overwhelming the reader with information. Get’s straight to the immediate problem.

Ending: A little long, as far as endings go, but ties up most all loose ends and completes the story in a very heartwarming fashion. Plus, it was done without a lame deux ex machina.

And that concludes my book review. I hope you found it helpful, maybe a little insightful, and that you’ll stick around for my next review.

Ciao,
PenMaster

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One Response to “Island of The Aunts, by Eva Ibbotson”

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