Another from the box set of "Children's Classics". It was slightly odd to read this book. I've never seen any of the many film adaptations, but when I was little I did have a computer game of 'Muppet Treasure Island' so I vaguely knew, or remembers parts of the plot as I read. You know when you read/see a reference to something without knowing it's a reference, and then when you read the original, you suddenly remember and go, 'ooooh.'? There was a lot of that.
In case there is somehow, someone who doesn't know the plot of Treasure Island, and can't figure it out from the title, the book is about a young boy, Jim Hawkins, who, at the start of the book, helps his parents run the Admiral Benbow Inn. Times at the inn take a turn for the worse when an old sailor, Billy Bones takes residence and soon brings down a host of trouble upon the inn in the form of old crew mates seeking the map he guards. Before his shipmates can claim the map, Billy Bones dies and Jim and his mother, opening Billy's chest, find the map and flee. Of course, no one can resist the temptation to seek out the island marked on the map when they realise that there's treasure buried there and that only they have the directions to find it. But the pirates that sought Billy Bones, the pirates of Captain Flint's old crew, the pirates who buried the treasure, are never far away.
Our concept of a pirate is so fixed now that it is easy to forget just how much it owes to Treasure Island - parrots on shoulders, wooden legs and x marking the spot all stem from here. Once again this is a relatively short book which you can easily read in a day. It's well written, fast-paced and the character of the morally ambiguous Long John Silver (though 'morally ambiguous' just simply doesn't so him justice) really brings the book to life, adding danger and uncertainty whenever he appears on the scene - he's a wonderful character to read about.