But when Jack disappears in his sail boat and disaster threatens her home, Nim must be braver than she's ever been before. And she needs help from her friends, old and new.
©1999 Wendy Orr; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[A] fantasy tale as welcome as a breath of fresh tropical air....With ample doses of suspense and comedy...the tale portrays the improbable so cleverly that readers will want to believe everything about the likable Nim and her idyllic isle." (Publishers Weekly)
I loved the movie but I'm glad I didn't miss the book! It is delightful and so cleverly written. This is a true classic in children's literature! -Not that it is just for children. It has appeal for adults, too. The author's plain but sprightly narrative is most engaging. A very worthwhile book!
My daughter is 5 and doesn't usually have the attention to listen to a chapter book (other than this and the Wizard of Oz) but she asks for this one repeatedly. Something in the story has grabbed her imagination. She says, "it's fun and scary and funny at the same time." The scary parts aren't too scary and she likes that Nim helps the adults and the bad guys don't win. This is a great book. Not too simplistic because it grabbed my imagination, too.
Nim is such a great, strong girl character! She and her friends (a sea lion, a marine iguana, and a great green turtle) survive alone on the island while her father is adrift in a broken-ruddered boat. The email correspondence with Alex is perhaps a little contrived and the ending is incredibly fortuitous but you will be happy with it! I know I was.
My daughter dreams of swimming with sharks and living on the water. She has kayaked the islands of Tampa Bay, and studied the ocean in school. This audio book took her into her dreams. She read the book and then enjoyed just listening to the story over again. We both agree the movie was good, the book was better.
The story line was well written and entertaining.
Both Nim and Alex were interesting characters as well as the animals.
A great book for all ages. It is well written and the narrator, Kate Reading, does an excellent job. Nim's animal friends are cute and interesting. The story is filled with adventure. Wendy Orr describes the island so that you feel as if you can picture it in your mind. Parents and children will enjoy this. Much better than the movie.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was funny and entertaining. It was also nice to see a strong, girl heroine.
I wish I had a dozen kids I could share this book with! It is such a fun little read. My only sadness is that Random House has not yet recorded or released the second Nim's Island book. You'll have to read that one yourself (I plan to!).
Always, always remember your life jacket. However, if there are any animals around like the wonderful, clever animals in this book, you'll be just fine. Perfectly a-little-scary-but-not-too-scary for kids. I can't wait to see the movie now! :)
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