Favourite Enid Blyton Stories: chosen by Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Holly Smale and many more... Hardcover – 4 Oct 2018
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An irresistible gift book of fabulous stories by everybody's favourite author, Enid Blyton, chosen and introduced by her famous fans from Jacqueline Wilson to Michael Morpurgo, Gemma Cairney to Mel from Bake-Off
About the Author
Enid Blyton's books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children's author.
She wrote over 600 books and hundreds of short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five,The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy.
Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers.
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* Five on a Treasure Island
* Five Go to Smuggler's Top
* Secret Seven Adventure
* Well Done, Secret Seven
* The Secret Island
* The River of Adventure
* The Enchanted Wood
* The Magic Faraway Tree
* The Folk of the Faraway Tree
* The Adventures of the Wishing Chair
* Well, Really, Mr Twiddle
* First Term at Malory Towers
* Upper Fourth at Malory Towers
* The Naughtiest Girl in the School
* The Story of My Life (her autobiography and which a young Jacqueline Wilson related to and spurred her on to become the well loved author she is today)
When I was at school I remember my primary school teachers attempting to talk me out of Blyton's books which I loved so much and could never get enough of. They weren't 'literary enough' apparently. Well 6 - 10 year old me didn't care because they entertained, made me giggle, made me plan adventures and write lists of 'important equipment' I would need such as rope, matches, sandwiches and biscuits, a torch etc. They made me long for a round roomed house like Moonface's, press my ear up against tree trunks to try and hear what the trees were whispering and wish my parents would send me to boarding school! They inspired feelings of injustice (Dame Slap's - now Snap - bafflingly impossible questions) empathy and morality.
Of course we know better now, we encourage children to read anything that interests them, knowing that when THEY are ready they will move on to new authors.
I have recently introduced The Magic Faraway Tree stories and The Five-Find-Outers for bedtime reading to the 8 - 10 year old children I work with and I am thrilled at how much they love them. One has been inspired to begin his own story. Any stories that inspire an 8 year old to sit in bed at night and begin their own story have to be good!
There are a lot of fabulous children's authors out there but Enid Blyton was the storyteller who inspired many of them. I see this anthology as the perfect introduction to her writing, to encourage imagination and inspire play, and may help your children choose which of her books to go on to buy in full :)
In addition, parents will enjoy the introductions by Michael Morpurgo, Levison Wood, Mel Giedroyc, Andy Griffiths and more...and if YOU read her stories, they'll take you right back to where you last left them.... :)
The stories are split into different sections – Adventure Stories (including stories taken from the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Adventure series and The Secret Island), Fantasy Stories (taken from the Faraway Tree and Enchanted Wood books), Funny Stories (or rather, story – Mr Twiddle), School Stories (Malory Towers and The Naughtiest Girl – sadly no St Clare’s, which was my personal favourite) and True Stories (about the life of Enid Blyton – my daughter’s favourite in the volume).
The illustrations are bright and modern. Not really to my personal taste, but colourful and engaging. Overall, a really nice gift book which will, hopefully, lead children on to read the books which the stories are taken from.
This has 293 readable pages. All the pages are nice and thick, they are matt in texture with full colour illustrations.
I think that this is a really nice way of getting new readers interested in the old classics, and the fact that they are short means they are perfect for bedtime, and if the child enjoys the story you can then buy the full length books. Good marketing strategy right there.
Enid Blyton is a classic author and the best children's author ever.
I really think this is great - it should be pointed out though it has a chapter from the books mentioned as it looks like it may have been complete stories which is a bit misleading .
However it's a joy - wonderful illustration and festive colours it's great fun.
Celebrities introduce each story however this was not needed and I'd have not had that in the book and kept it purely the tales.