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A new generation of children are reading her books.
on 16 April 2015
I read Enid Blyton's books when I was a child. I reveled in the world of the 'Secret Seven' and the 'Famous Five'. Some years ago, when working as a school Librarian, I took the same books off the library shelf and replaced them with more modern children's authors. Now books shops, school and public libraries are putting Enid Blyton's books back on their shelves. Children want to read them.
What is the appeal of Enid Blyton's books to this new generation of children? Children love stories, especially stories where children are the main characters. Children love stories in which children are having adventures. Children love stories where they come out on top, solving the mystery without the help of adults, showing that they are as smart, or smarter than adults.
Barbara Stoney relates the life of Enid Blyton, her uneasy childhood, her early discovery of a love of writing and her career, spanning 60 years, as a published children's author of magazines and books. Stoney's biography does describe Enid Blyton - her capacity for work, her rise to fame and wealth, her social projects, her family life and her last years. However, it is not the biography that brings Blyton to life, but the Appendices, especially Appendix 8, where In a series of letters to Professor Peter McKellar, late Professor of Psychology at Otago University, New Zealand, Enid Blyton explains her imaginary process, how her stories come to her complete with characters and plot before she starts writing. Because of this she was able to write her books very fast, somtimes writing more than 4000 words per day. Enid Blyton says as much about herself as does the biography of Barbara Stoney.