Sunday, February 22, 2015

'Dangerous Island'

Many, many years ago when I was a grade school student at St. Maurice Catholic school I discovered a book titled "Dangerous Island" in the school library.  It was a favorite of mine, along with the Tom Corbett - Space Cadet series (I bought four of the eight Space Cadet books on Ebay over a decade ago for young son.  He thought they were boring,)

Over the years I occasionally thought about "Dangerous Island" but although I enjoyed it as a kid I couldn't even remember the actual title of the book.  Over President's day weekend the Missus and I traveled to Yucca Valley to visit Joshua Tree national park and in an antique store in Yucca Valley I saw the book from my childhood sitting on a table.  I recognized it immediately and pounced on it, scooped it up, and bought it for the bargain price of $5!

The book was published in 1956 and was a 'Weekly Reader' book selection.  The copy I purchased is in great shape.  I'd like to loan it to Ladybug my granddaughter who is an avid reader just as I was at her age.  I imagine it is dated and corny and probably not even at her grade level but perhaps she will find it as much fun as I did when I was a grade schooler and dreaming of adventure so many years ago.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sure she'll read it with some prompting--she'll read most anything these days! Although I offered to let her read my copy of "The Happy Hollisters" a few days ago and after carefully reading the back cover and the first page she decided it wasn't for her. She thought the characters sounded oddly perfect.