The Story of the Treasure Seekers

Our rating: ***½

The six Bastable children have realized that their father is out of money, and because of this he has no time to spend with them anymore. So they decide to restore their family fortunes by finding treasure. They all sit down in the nursery and brainstorm ideas. Then they start trying them, one by one. Some ideas are reasonable, like going into business. Others a bit more far fetched, such as becoming highwaymen (but not robbing anybody nice).

E. Nesbit wrote this book before any of her other children’s stories. She had just finished writing breezy stories that magazines would print, and the haphazard style lingers here. The Story of the Treasure Seekers is quite enjoyable, but the writing style could turn off some people. However, fans of Nesbit will pick up on her subtle humor, which is absolutely hilarious in this one. I nearly died laughing quite a few times as the Bastables stumbled their way through money-making schemes.

2 Responses to “The Story of the Treasure Seekers”

  1. *grins* I LOVE this book, definitely my favourite by Nesbit though I have a feeling that I should like The Railway Children more. I think the “haphazard style” (which I really like, actually) can be chalked down to the fact it’s Oswald who is narrating, not the usual omnipresent narrator.

  2. I don’t know, Alyosha. I preferred this one over Railway Children, too.

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