I remember this series from when I was in 5th grade. I was in a new school system and my teacher Miss (Barbara) Holmes would read these stories to the class after we had finished that day's lessons, provided there was time.
I hung on every word. Miss Holmes read these stories with energy and joy and had us all wanting to hear what happened next. After reading "The Hardy Boys" mysteries and, as they said on "The Simpsons", wondering why it seemed they were all about smugglers, Enid Blyton's book were very different. They were great. They had characters that had depth. The stories were really suspensful and exciting. And they also a parrot that screamed "God save the Queen!" at the worst possible time. What more could one want?
Thank you, Miss Holmes. I hope others will be able to experience the joy I felt reading these stories, or, better yet, having someone read these books to them.