Written just over 160 Years after Robinson Crusoe and just over 130 Years ago today; this is the Original Pirate Ship fantasy which has captivated our imaginations since. Stevenson's ability as an author is an ability to engage the reader quickly; and to condense complex details and characters in a short amount of pages without lapsing into the trend of over-use of the English language, which is a common standard of writing from that time.
Pros: Quick into the action and convincing, lively characters, plot and narrative. A short (ish) yet adrenaline fueled adventure. Cons: Very few, if any. Maybe a bit beyond the literacy of very young readers which might benefit most from it; but a ripping bedtime story for parents who dare think the little ones will sleep after hearing a few chapters.
I love the Penguin Classics range of clothbound books. I bought Treasure Island as a birthday gift for my brother, and he adored it. He's never read it before, and he barely waited for cake to come out before getting stuck into it! The clothbound classics are just gorgeous gifts, and the cover on Treasure Island was beautiful.
A fantastic classic tale, and a gorgeous edition that is well worth a place on any bookshelf.