Day 946: The Story of the Treasure Seekers

Cover for The Story of the Treasure SeekersA while back, I read E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children. Although I liked it well enough, I did not find it as delightful as the book I’m reviewing today, The Story of the Treasure Seekers. This first novel of Nesbit’s is about the Bastable children, Alice, Dicky, Dora, Horace Octavius (known as H. O.), and Oswald. The narrator keeps his identity secret, but we can tell fairly soon that it’s Oswald.

The Bastable’s mother died not long ago, and the children are vaguely aware that their father is having financial problems. He has removed them from school, and the house isn’t nicely kept up. So, the children have a council, and they each come up with a plan for finding treasure.

The novel is about what happens as the children try to raise money, their plans ranging from holding up people on the common to dowsing for gold. The novel is very funny, I think even more for adults than for children. Children will enjoy the kid’s adventures, but adults can understand an entire additional layer of information that the children in the book don’t, for example, that the Robber they find in their father’s study is probably not a Robber.

The naivety of the narration lends this novel a charm and humor that a straightforward third-person narrative would not. This is a lovely, funny book.

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4 thoughts on “Day 946: The Story of the Treasure Seekers

  1. Carolyn O August 3, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Filing this one away for when H is a little bigger!

  2. Grab the Lapels August 4, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    This sounds cute; I hadn’t heard of it before. I’m reading all of the Anne of Green Gables books, which I know many people loved as children and adults, too.

    • whatmeread August 4, 2016 / 12:58 pm

      I read several of those as a child, but as an adult, I have only read the first one.

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