on 2 March 2011
I first read the Noddy Books when a neighbour passed her daughters collection on to me and I enjoyed both the pictures and the stories. This edition is a larger than usual version of Noddy's creation and escape from his cruel creator. As with every Noddy tale, it all works out OK in the end. The stories are a lesson in morals and good manners and the toys are mostly good at heart. Bigears is a good teacher of patience and kindness. However, the generous and grateful Garage Owner who rewards Noddy by giving him his little yellow car is sadly nowhere to be found in the re-hashed versions.
on 5 October 2009
This is the first Noddy book, published in 1949. Although a children's book, there is an undercurrent of topical issues such as political asylum and immigration. Noddy has to prove that he is a. a toy, and b. a "good" toy, before he is granted resident status. Recent editions have been heavily censored to conform with modern ideas of political correctness.