.....Yes, Sooty & Sweep, Captain Pugwash, Mr. Pastry, 'Corona' Dandelion & Burdock 'pop', The Famous Five, Jamboree Bags......& Borrobil! All part of my childhood. I chose to buy Borrobil in 1964 when I was ten, & the last time I read it? I finished it last night!! Every five or so years, out comes Borrobil so I can relive the exciting adventures that Donald & Jean have. They are on 'an extra holiday', & the one place they've not explored in this un-named place, is the wood. It can be seen from their bedroom window, ringing the high hill. They impulsively decide to set off to see the wood after dark one night. They come to a nine stone ring, & it's Beltane night....though they know not what that means. They pass through the stones, & the adventure begins........ Borrobil (a small, rotund, kindly, smiley pixie-man with a hat that has a large, long feather atop it that sweeps the ground when he bows), escorts them through a series of 'episodes', that are, basically, the age-old fight between good & evil. The evil is often tempered with humour, & I don't remember it being particularly frightening as a child, but the whole story kept me gripped never-the-less. And still does. Now, I can see how radical Jean actually was for the time it was written: a fiesty, spunky girl who shows little fear. The wonderful illustrations by John-Morton Sale add to the atmosphere of the story. Along the way, the children meet an enchanting array of people: a beautiful princess; a brave knight; a fairy queen & her people; Viking marauders.....& even a dragon. A book written for children between 7-10 years of age, but at 55, I continue to enjoy this imaginative, innocent, story of Good versus Bad, & I'll probably be taking it off the bookshelf again in a few years to read it all over again.