on 26 April 2013
Enid Blyton's wonderful Famous Five and Secret Seven series are ever popular and always in print. The Faraway Tree books (4, if you include "Up The Faraway Tree") are year in year out in the Top Ten Children's Story Books Of All Time, voted by the public. Her books catch the imagination of children of all ages. She once replied knowingly to criticism "I know what children want".
The undeservedly less well known "The Treasure Hunters" (single volume) is a good proof that Enid Blyton knows what children want. It is her best book, reaching new heights of excitement even for this prodigious author, and reading it will make you feel that "it's good to be alive".
2 brothers and their sister / happy and resourceful / and Rags the terrier / holiday at their grandparents Manor house / Manor soon having to be sold, hard times for the grandparents / great kids, they play and explore the Manor's grounds / landscapes, woods, farm, hills, stream / find hidden overgrown summerhouse in woods beside pond / make it idyllic / find box in chimney / cryptic treasure map / long lost Greylings treasure / follow clues / bad guys, would be purchasers of Manor / they would take advantage of grandparents / they know kids onto something /good grandparents and the bad guys confound kids efforts / night adventures / lift flagstone, into the hill / breathless / dog helps / out of their depth / ..then / ..pigsty / ..oh! oh! oh! / !!!
Enid's pacy economical writing is even pacier and every other page plunges the characters into further excitement. This edition (the one pictured) is superbly illustrated and it has dated very well. It's a life affirming book that will appeal to all but the most jaded.
(There is a good synopsis on theenidblytonsociety.co.uk. website).