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Up the Faraway Tree (Beaver Books) Paperback – Illustrated, 17 Sep 1981


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd; New edition edition (17 Sept. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600205215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600205210
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,169,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enid Blyton is one of the best-loved children’s authors with over 700 titles published. Aged 27, Enid married Hugh Pollock and moved to London. They had two children, and soon afterwards Enid wrote her first novel, The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair. Throughout the 40s and 50s, Enid wrote books at a colossal pace: adventure stories, mysteries, magical stories, farming stories, stories for younger children, and best-selling series like Malory Towers and Amelia Jane. She is the author of The Famous Five series, The Secret Seven series, The Wishing Chair series, Malory Towers, St Clare's, The Magic Faraway Tree series, Amelia Jane stories and many more! Enid died in 1963. Her stories remain timeless classics, adored throughout the world.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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In this last Faraway Tree book, Enid Blyton's soaring imagination and Dorothy Wheeler's beautiful illustrations combine to incredible effect. And well done Egmont (the publisher), because the last four chapters are an unpublished Enid Blyton Faraway Tree story! Children will be pleased to know that the characters from the earlier books are all here; Silky, the Angry Pixie, Moonface, and Mr Watzisname, etc. At the start of the book we meet two new characters, the children Robin and Joy. They are reading about Jo, Bessie and Fanny in their Faraway Tree book, and so they decide to go off and find them - surely something that all Faraway Tree fans would love to do!
Most readers will know that Enid's first three Faraway Tree books are novels with some pictures, but Up The Faraway Tree is different. Similar to but better than, a comic-book, with two landscape picture boxes occupying each page and a small amount of Enid's text beneath each picture. (Four pictures seen if the book is laid open flat, for example). Yes Enid has to be more concise, having only two or three lines beneath each picture, but being concise is something Enid is very good at and the pictures and text become integral after a couple of reads. Alhough some will be less than happy that the last Faraway Tree book is picture-based, many have loved this as it is and most children will love it too. Since childhood I have always believed this book to be a magical combination of text and pictures. Some criticise the book for being picture-based, but prior to this reissue copies sold for hundreds of pounds. I'm happy they haven't altered this book's original illustrations because they could never have been improved upon. Although this is shorter than the first three books, it's a nice length read to your children at bedtime.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. Sorene on 1 Jan. 2008
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This is not a novel like the other Faraway Tree books, it is eight short stories in cartoon style with little text. I was not impressed as this was not mentioned anywhere in the book's description. It's nice enough if you like the drawings and cutesy text, but that's it.
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Not impressed it is a cartoon book. Would not have paid this much. I wanted to read the 4th book in the series not a very very short version (in cartoon) of the whole series. False description! If only I had read the reviews first. I think you should say this is a comic style book as most people wanting to read it will be expecting a novel style, as with the other 3 books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. Turner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jan. 2015
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A warning: the first half of the book is a comic book, suitable perhaps for very small children. The illustrations do not match the main illustrations in the other books so my 5 year old kept remarking that Moonface looked wrong!

The second half are chapters from the Enchanted Wood. Seriously - book 4 contains unedited chapters from book 1.

A total disappointment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 April 2014
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I had this book - the first edition - when I was 3 or 4 and loved it. Now 54years later I have been given another copy and it's pure, wonderful nostalgia!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V WATSON on 8 Oct. 2014
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My daughter enjoyed seeing the pictures of all the characters in this sequel. I felt that the stories within it were much shorter than previous 3 books but she loved it anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss C on 17 Oct. 2014
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Great condition, brought me back to my childhood, hopefully my daughter will like this book as much as I did (still do)
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My four year old and I were unimpressed with this. As others have said, it's a comic book in the beginning, with very short stories without any of the detail of the earlier novels. The rest, and majority of the book is stuff we had already read in the Enchanted Wood. I would pay £1 for this book but feel a bit robbed. I hadn't read the reviews, only the blurb, as I expected it to be another in the series.
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