Kid friendly version of a true classic

Robinson Crusoe
Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe’s chronicle of a shipwreck survivor who lives alone on an island for 28 years, is a beautifully crafted study of solitude, resourcefulness and British imperialism.

The gnawed bones of the book are still visible in Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen’s computer-animated retelling, but this Robinson Crusoe is a resolutely child-friendly edition, told from the perspective of birds and animals which befriend the title character during his tropical isolation.

Cuteness and gentle humour trump sophisticated storytelling throughout.

The feathered and furred critters trade one-liners – although Robinson can’t understand their grunts, growls, purrs and squawks.