This Island Isn’t Big Enough for the Four of Us!


Book: This Island Isn’t Big Enough for the Four of Us!

Authors: Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick

Publisher: HarperCollins, republished 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0690046120 Hardcover

ISBN-10: 069004612X Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0064402033 Paperback

ISBN-10: 0064402037 Paperback

Language level:  2

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages ‎ 8/9 – 12 and up

Rating: **** 4 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Adventure

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Greer, Gery, and  Ruddick,  Bob.  This Island Isn’t Big Enough for the Four of Us! (Published in 1987 by Harper Trophy, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, 10 E. 53rd St., New York City, NY  10022).  Scott Wilson, who narrates the story, and Pete McKenzie, both twelve years old, have long anticipated their week together on uninhabited Turtle Island as intrepid explorers, charting it and naming field, forest, stream, and cove; but their plans go awry when Scott’s uncle, for whose company they are field-testing a tent, gives them the cutesy Hansel and Gretel model decorated to look like a gingerbread house. Worse, their “deserted” island turns out to be inhabited by two girls, Sunny and Jill camping with Jill’s nature photographer Aunt Katherine.  They are always around to jeer when the boys make fools of themselves (which is often), and take pictures of some of the boys’ most embarrassing moments.

     This means war — boys against girls.  Who will win?  How can they learn to settle their differences peacefully?  And is there someone else on the island?  There are a couple of common euphemisms (darn, gee).  As the Publishers Weekly noted, “This isn’t a very demanding book; it’s summer reading with humorous moments and an occasional strain for the punchline.”  The School Library Journal said, “The plot, which revolves around one-upmanship between the boys and the girls, is mostly silly…. However some of the dialogue is amusing, and the characters are individuals. This fast-moving story should provide some laughs even for reluctant readers.”  This funny and lighthearted tale is one that both boys and girls can enjoy. Also, the Perseid meteor shower, which peeks in mid-August, is mentioned in the book.  Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick are the authors of many children’s books including Jason and the Escape from Bat Planet and Max and Me and the Wild West.

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