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The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby pete9012S » 27 Oct 2017, 13:44

My book arrived today and I got that familiar feeling of excitement I experienced many years ago when receiving a new Famous Five book.

I like this book and would have been very happy indeed if a book like this was given away free when I was little.
I love examining the lovely Eileen Soper cover and comparing it with the other books it has been used on to scan it for minute differences.


The short stories included give a nice introduction to the Famous Five for any readers that have yet to encounter them.
Two illustrators are featured in the book..


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Eric Parker 1960 - not 1950 as listed in The Famous Five Book Of Adventure..

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Eileen Soper



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I have spotted some differences in the artwork between this and the original Demon's Rocks cover.
How many can you spot?

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This image seems to have been used a lot lately. Has it been used anywhere else?
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 27 Oct 2017, 13:56

pete9012S wrote:I have spotted some differences in the artwork between this and the original Demon's Rocks cover.
How many can you spot?

Glancing quickly, I've spotted three major changes. It's more fun if we take it in turns to list one at a time, so I'll just mention that the horizon has been lowered.
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Lucky Star » 27 Oct 2017, 14:29

The seabirds are either missing or not as noticeable.
"If Hugo's treasure you would see, look for a door where none should be".

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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Nick » 27 Oct 2017, 15:35

Colouring of the sky has altered too.
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Moonraker » 28 Oct 2017, 12:32

The wave formation is different.
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Courtenay » 28 Oct 2017, 12:46

Is it? It looks to me like it's just been cut off in the newer cover by the horizon having been moved lower. Otherwise, the waves that are still included look pretty much the same.
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Rob Houghton » 28 Oct 2017, 12:48

The biggest thing I notice is that the colour is totally different. Its a lot more mellow/warm in the original, and a bit too bright and garish and 'colder' in the newer version.
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby IceMaiden » 28 Oct 2017, 21:39

Timmy's tail is shorter and thinner.
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Moonraker » 29 Oct 2017, 13:45

Courtenay wrote:Is it? It looks to me like it's just been cut off in the newer cover by the horizon having been moved lower.


It has. It's still a difference. :D
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Courtenay » 29 Oct 2017, 15:15

Which someone else had already pointed out, if you look. :wink:
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Moonraker » 29 Oct 2017, 17:42

I've looked at all the posts and I can't see that anyone else has mentioned it. :?
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Courtenay » 29 Oct 2017, 18:19

Anita mentioned that the horizon had been lowered. :wink:
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Nick » 30 Oct 2017, 07:27

I do wonder if in one version the editor has gone for a sunny feel and in the other to give a sense on the impending storm?
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Moonraker » 30 Oct 2017, 10:35

Having a lower horizon makes the lighthouse look taller. Nevertheless, the H&S cover looks more atmospheric.
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Re: The Famous Five Book Of Adventure

Postby Rob Houghton » 30 Oct 2017, 11:16

Moonraker wrote:Nevertheless, the H&S cover looks more atmospheric.


Because the colours are warmer. :-)
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
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