Enid Blyton: Five Go Down Under by Sophie Hamley (Review)

Enid Blyton: Five Go Down Under by Sophie Hamley (Review)

Oct 23, 2017, 7:18:00 PM Entertainment

'The Famous Five have gone on their greatest adventure yet - a trip Down Under to Oz for some gap year fun.

Enid Blyton's books are beloved the world over and The Famous Five have been the perennial favourite of her fans. Now, in this new Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy head Down Under for some relaxing holiday fun. But will it be the adventure they had hoped for?

Setting up camp in Bondi they soon meet the Sydney Six, a couple of guitar-strumming Kiwis and a rogue South African and find themselves in the thick of Sydney's real estate perils and the attempts of their omnipresent cousin Rupert Kirrin to buy up the local media.

But when the sun, surf and bluebottles have their revenge and things don't quite go to plan, it's time to head for the country for a spot of sheep-shearing and quad-bike riding. Will the country be kinder to them or will their close calls with the Australian wildlife have them heading back to the city before you can say decaf soy latte?'

I was a massive famous five fan growing up, so I was so excited to get my hands on this book. Unfortunately I have mixed feelings about this book.

I loved getting to catch up with characters that I grew up reading about. Having this pre-established relationship with these characters helped me to just jump in head first without needed any character developement or background information.

Sophie Hamley did an amazing job in capturing the personalities of these well-known characters. The attitudes and dynamics of these characters were absolutely perfect. I was genuinely surprised by how well these characters were portrayed.

The fact that the 'five' vistited the beach and the bush made for a lovely trip around Australia. These amazing scenes set up some genuinely funny, laugh out loud situations. From sharks, ferry's and bluebottles, the 'five' definitely got to experience some of Australia's best and worst aspects.

I was excited we met the New Zealanders and the South African characters. I found these characters fun and easy to read about. So I was disappointed when the 'five' moved out of the share house and into the house next to the 'Sydney Seven'.

I didn't really connect with the 'Sydney Seven'. I found them a little over the top and hard to read about. This caused me to become less interested in the developement of the story.

I also had some issues with some of the dialog/jokes in this book. There were a few comments that I found un-necessary and frankly a bit of a turn off.

Overall these issues aren't very big and are personal to me, but they were enough for me to lose interest in the story being told. As the book wasnt very big and was a pretty quick read, it wasnt hard to stick with it despite these issues.

If you are a fan of the Famous Five books, Five Go Down Under by Sophie Hamley will give you the nostalgia feels and bring back many great Famous Five memories.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker

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