Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Island of the Aunts

Reviewed by Edan
Title: Island of the Aunts (also published as Monster Mission)
Auther: Eva Ibbotson
Publisher: Puffin Books
Published: 2000

Quick Summary:
     Three aunts living on an island in the middle of the ocean are getting old. They take care of hurt animals on the island including the magical creatures like mermaids and silkies, but they are getting old and need new helpers, children. They kidnap three children, two are happy to be there the other is not. When a search party comes out to find the children, suddenly rescue team is thinking about they money a live mermaid or other mythical creature is worth. The aunts and children will have to save them before it is too late...
     I think Island of the Aunts is a fun, cheery and fantasticle book. Even though it takes place in the very recent past, Europe is so crazy and surreal. Having an island in the middle of the ocean with mermaids, selkies, giant birds and wingless dragon and being unnoticed for years is also very unbeleivable. For the fisrt half of the book it's hard to see what the conflict is, but once it is revealed it has an exciting plot. I enjoyed this easy, light hearted and magical book with mythical creatures, interesting people and overall an exciting and pleasent story.

Rating: ****

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