J. R. R. Tolkien
The Story of the Treasure Seekers introduces the six Bastable children, who are determined to rescue the family fortune and restore the ancient house of Bastable (a semi-detached on the Lewisham Road). In between some lively quarrels, they dig for gold, create their own newspaper, kidnap a neighbour and try to sell sherry on commission. Luckily, their schemes lead to an ending which the narrator admits is ‘like what happens in Dickens’s books’. In The Wouldbegoods, the children’s antics get them packed off to the country for the holidays, but their attempts to be good simply seem to land them in yet more trouble. The New Treasure Seekers sees the children rescuing abandoned babies and trying to collect money for ‘poor’ Miss Sandal. Along the way, they make some promising new friends – although they can never understand why these grown-ups seem to find them so funny.
Beautifully illustrated by C. Walter Hodges, this set is a wonderful way to enjoy the comic adventures of the irrepressible and irresistible Bastables.
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