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Posted by Luke on March 30, 2015
Why can't the Famous Five meet up with Nobby again because they only see the people in the mysteries once, then never contact them again?
BarneyBarney says: A couple of additional child characters appear in more than one book (namely Jo and Tinker) but in most cases Enid Blyton probably preferred to introduce new characters - especially ones who had a connection to new locations.
Posted by Virpi Koskela on March 27, 2015
Which date is the Enid Blyton Day this year?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid there is no Enid Blyton Day this year, Virpi.
Posted by Amaya on March 27, 2015
Thank you Barney, for the quick reply on Richmal Crompton and Enid Blyton. Now I am pretty sure that J K Rowling was influenced by both. Do you agree?
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to say, though we know J K Rowling read some Enid Blyton and she would certainly be aware of "Just William" too. What shines through most in the Harry Potter books is J K Rowling's love of ancient myths and legends.
Posted by Amaya on March 26, 2015
By any chance was Enid Blyton influenced by Richmal Crompton or vice versa? I believe they worked during the same time period.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton and Richmal Crompton did meet but they were both well-established as authors by that time and I doubt they influenced one another, though Horace Tipperlong in The Sea of Adventure says he supposes that Jack and the others are "playing at being Just Williams."
Posted by Irene on March 24, 2015
Hi, I am trying to trace a book of short stories by Enid Blyton which I had around 1967-69 (don't know how old the book was though). It was a book of short stories, about each month of the year I think, and two in particular were an auntie who took her bored nephew and niece out in the January snow and showed them all the animal tracks etc, plus there was a story of a very cold fairy who sewed leaves together to make blankets for her and a dormouse so it could hibernate. Does this ring a bell for anyone? I have tried trawling through the book list, but unless there is a breakdown of chapter titles I can't tell from the cover. Thanks in advance.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Irene! I think the book you want is Tales of Green Hedges, which has two stories for each month of the year. The stories you mentioned are 'The Winter Wide-Awakes' (December) and 'The Dormouse and the Fairy' (January). You'll see two listings for Tales of Green Hedges in the Cave of Books. One was published by the National Magazine Co. in 1946 and has illustrations by Gwen White. The other was published by World Distributors in 1961 and has illustrations by Joyce A. Johnson.
Posted by Anneysha on March 23, 2015
Hi Barney, Thanks for your wonderful support for making my show a success! We had added visual aids, downloaded from YouTube, and made some of our own (we enacted the play The Naughtiest Girl number 1 and that was great!) We also baked gingerbread and scones as there weren't many in the audience - parents, teachers, vice-principal and principal. Your wonderful ideas rocked and made our performance the best. Thanks a lot Barney! :)- Anneysha
BarneyBarney says: I'm pleased that your performance went so well, Anneysha!
Posted by Farwa on March 17, 2015
In answer to A, I believe you are looking for Five Go Off in a Caravan. Nobby, a circus boy friend, says the line about the torch. I hope this helps.
Posted by Anneysha on March 17, 2015
Thanks Barney for your previous reply. Could I have a few suggestions on Enid Blyton.... activities to cheer my audience and a few exciting ideas? The presentation is ready and you'll be pleased to know that I've recommended The Enid Blyton Society in my presentation as a reference and a portal where Blyton fans can log in and share their thoughts and enjoy themselves. Your co-operation will be really helpful for our project to succeed. Anneysha
BarneyBarney says: Good luck with your presentation. Visual aids always spice up a talk - e.g. pictures of the characters - and if you have time you could perhaps prepare a display of book-jackets over the years to show how the designs have changed. Or if you read a passage which mentions gingerbread and scones (for example) you could bake gingerbread and scones beforehand and hand round little pieces for the audience to taste. Of course, it depends how big the audience is!
Posted by A on March 16, 2015
This is a long shot, when I was younger my father would read the Famous Five to myself and my brother. We would laugh and joke at the stories, and it is one of our favourite past times. We all remember one time when the Famous Five were out on one of their adventures, they had someone else along with them, perhaps a cousin or something. One line we remember from the story, and which has strangely stuck around for years, is "Coo, I've never seen a torch before." We used to own all the Famous Five books, my father has said before that he has reread all the books looking for it. If anyone knows what book this is in, I would be very grateful.
Posted by Anneysha on March 16, 2015
Hi Barney, It's a long time since I visited this website. Can you recommend me the best book in the series The Five Find-Outers and Malory Towers as we need to create a presentation on Enid Blyton and recommend our audiences two great books. We have this programme in our school on the 23rd March... so we need to buck up. A nice juicy bone for you so that you can relish this one till you get another from me.. :) Anneysha
BarneyBarney says: It's all a matter of personal preference really, Anneysha. The Mystery of the Invisible Thief and In the Fifth at Malory Towers are in the lead in polls on the forums, but why don't you choose your own favourites? Thank you for the bone!
Posted by Patrick on March 16, 2015
There is an Enid Blyton Exhibition at The Beaney in Canterbury until 19th April 2015, entitled 'Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts...The many adventures of Enid Blyton'. Lots of original books, illustrations and drawings. Malory Towers, Noddy, Faraway Tree, Secret Seven, Famous Five... and so on.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, that exhibition was at Seven Stories in Newcastle in 2013-14 and it's now touring. It should be going to Plymouth sometime in June. Visitors will see vintage books, artwork, manuscripts, letters, diaries, Enid Blyton's typewriter, a Famous Five Timeline and lots more, all nicely displayed with activities for the youngsters too.
Posted by Easwaran on March 16, 2015
In one of the books the phrase "Cooking good; very good cook" figures often. Which is that book?
BarneyBarney says: The phrase is "Cooking good, very good cooking!" and it's found in The Ragamuffin Mystery.
Posted by Freda Knight on March 14, 2015
Hi, Barney - I now know for sure that spring is on the way... along with Easter eggs in the shops and clumps of snowdrops and crocuses in the gardens, the latest (spring edition) Enid Blyton Society Journal has just dropped through my letterbox! Please say a big 'thank you' to your master for all his hard work behind the scenes on our behalf. These lovely journals provide us with something we can keep for posterity and dip into at a later date to refresh our memories. Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your kind comments, Freda - and thank you too for your articles! If my master had a tail like mine, I know your words would put a wag in it!
Posted by Gracey on March 12, 2015
Hi! I'm doing a biography on someone for school. I could choose anyone I wanted... So I chose Enid Blyton. ;) This is going to be really interesting since I know her books (and love them) but I don't really know Enid. So I'm really excited.
BarneyBarney says: That's great, Gracey! Have fun working on your project!
Posted by TG on March 11, 2015
Regarding the Noddy enquiry by Terri (March 10 2015), look in Enid Blyton's New Big Noddy Book No.5 for 'A Bag of Mixed Spells.' A picture of the cover can be seen in the Cave and it should be available in the UK for 5 - 10 depending on condition; although you can also pay an astronomical 60 if you feel like it. The strip picture story appears once again in Enid Blyton's Noddy Annual (circa 1988) but as there are others of similar ilk, look for a picture of Mr. Plod chasing Noddy and Big Ears who are in the famous car (NOD 1 number plate). The covers can be very confusing with their parallel pictures and titles so make sure the one in question also shows a bear and not the dog that appears on another edition's front. On second thoughts - should that be the only one available, ask your potential vendor if the required story is inside.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much, TG!
Posted by TG on March 10, 2015
This may or may not help Terri's enquiry (March 10th 2015): - There's an instance when Noddy visits his cobber Big Ears to show off a collection of spells he's bought. The first one tested has a very untoward effect so Big Ears throws the rest into the fire whereupon they explode and cause his iconic toadstool house to melt. All that's left is sticky pink goo. Blah! What's blah?
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, TG. That might possibly be the one. Do you know the title of the book?
Posted by Terri Oakley on March 10, 2015
Hi, I'm looking for the Noddy book where Noddy's house melts into pink blah! My sister and I are in our 50s and have fond memories of this book as children. Can you help? Terri and Kim, Australia.
Posted by Aminmec on March 9, 2015
Hi all. Thanks Princess Geniveve but the book in the link is the one I had. Thanks Barney. What an awesome feeling it is to view the pages from the book I saw years ago. I hope I can get to buy it from somewhere. Any leads?
BarneyBarney says: I'm pleased that was the right book, Aminmec! It looks lovely. There are a few copies for sale quite cheaply on Abebooks, but shipping could be expensive as it's a fairly heavy volume.
Posted by Princess Geniveve on March 8, 2015
Hi, Aminmec - the book you are thinking of might be 366 Amazing Facts by Brown Watson. It features the characters Mark and Cecilia, with many other children, family members, friends, etc. and each day they learn something new. It indeed has lovely illustrations in it, and has a fun activity at the end of each month. Does that ring a bell?
BarneyBarney says: A good suggestion, Princess Geniveve. Just in case that's not the book you're looking for, Aminmec, it has reminded me that it may be useful to search for "366 stories" as well as "365 stories", because many of these collections include an entry for 29th February. One book that comes up frequently in internet searches is 366 Goodnight Stories.
Posted by Rashmi on March 7, 2015
Susan, the Dogs Trust and maybe a Dog Shelter would complete the cause. It will surely be loved by dog and animal lovers.
Posted by Aminmec on March 7, 2015
Hello all, I just need your help in looking for a book I had in my childhood. I don't know the name but it was cloth hardbound and had a small story or poem for each day of the year with the date, with colourful drawings everywhere. Can anyone tell me the name and if at all I can find it anywhere to purchase? Thanks. Sorry if this isn't about Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: Those kinds of books often have "365" in the title, so you could try searching the internet for something like "365 stories". I hope you find what you're looking for!
Posted by Susan Webster on March 6, 2015
Hi Barney, thanks for telling me that the children's home in Beaconsfield no longer exists. I have mentioned on the forum thread about deciding on a charity and that the Dogs Trust seems a good one as Enid loved dogs. We are going to raise money for the trust and hope that others will join in too.
BarneyBarney says: An excellent choice of charity!
Posted by Dan W on March 6, 2015
Hello all... We're moving homes and cities and I want to sell some of our Enid Blyton books - many of which are first editions of my mum's. Running out of space, much to my horror! Any advice? Where would be the best place to do that? I'm in Johannesburg, South Africa.
BarneyBarney says: A children's book dealer might be your best bet, or perhaps an auction house. Otherwise, you could list the books in the "For Sale" section of our forums or try your luck on eBay (or equivalent). If someone from South Africa reads your message, maybe they'll be able to suggest something more specific. Good luck!
Posted by James on March 5, 2015
Hello there, I'm trying to recall a book from my childhood, I'm 99% sure it's an Enid Blyton. It's got a yellow cover with Enid's name on the top in red writing. I know it's not a Noddy book or the Famous Five. From what I remember it's about a magical thread. The main character/villain is all in black.
BarneyBarney says: There's a short story called The Magic Silver Thread, James, but I'm not at all sure that that's what you're looking for.
Posted by Susan Webster on March 4, 2015
Hi Barney. The old Famous Five Club used to support a children's home in Beaconsfield and I was wondering if it is still there. If so, I would like to help raise money for it as the Famous Five Club did by asking members of the new Famous Five Club on the forums if they would like to help too. Anyone can join the club and the Secret Seven Club as well. Go to the forums and click on the 'Miscellaneous Blyton' section and you will find the clubs there. Do join us.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid the children's home in Beaconsfield no longer exists, Sue.
Posted by Susan Webster on March 4, 2015
Hi, just found a book in Waterstones called All Aboard by Enid Blyton. It's four stories in one book - The Saucy Jane Family, The Pole Star Family, The Seaside Family and The Queen Elizabeth Family. Hope it's going to be a good read as I had not heard of these stories. The pictures on the cover are awful though, like cartoons.
BarneyBarney says: Those short books are quite interesting, Sue. They're about a family who go on trips to different places. The original series had two more titles - The Caravan Family and The Buttercup Farm Family.
Posted by Lasitaja on March 2, 2015
Hi. I love Enid Blyton's books and I want to know more about her. I just know her age and lifetime, not about her books. Please write me back. ;)
BarneyBarney says: Click on our 'Author of Adventure' and 'Cave of Books' buttons (over on the left), Lasitaja, and you'll find a lot of information about Enid Blyton and her work. Have fun!
Posted by Stella on February 28, 2015
I love Enid Blyton's books like The Magic Faraway Tree and The Enchanted Wood. I'm only ten and I notice the pure English literature.
BarneyBarney says: They are indeed magical books, Stella.
Posted by Smurfette on February 27, 2015
Love Enid's books and always will. I am now 54 and still reading. Almost finished reading the Famous Five series. Book 21, Five Are Together Again, is a bit of a quandary. What has happened to George? She was adamant about not going to school without Tim so only went to Anne's school because pets were allowed!
BarneyBarney says: Sadly, errors crept into several of Enid Blyton's later books as she was beginning to suffer from dementia and her mind was no longer as sharp as it had been.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on February 22, 2015
Hello! I just finished reading Secret Seven Fireworks. It was incredible.
BarneyBarney says: It's good to know that you enjoyed it, Rupsa. Good Work Secret Seven is another atmospheric story about Bonfire Night.
Posted by Betty on February 21, 2015
A friend gave me a copy of The Yellow Fairy Book. It has no date it was printed and I would like to know. It says Newnes on the spine and is very thick paper. The first story is about Princess Fenella. Can you help, please?
BarneyBarney says: If you look up the title in the Cave of Books you'll find lots of information about it, Betty.
Posted by Susan Webster on February 19, 2015
Hi Barney, is the Enid Blyton Exhibition coming anywhere near Birmingham? I did see it briefly in Newcastle but want to see it properly. Birmingham's new library would have been a great centre for it - it's huge! Well worth a visit. How can I find out where smaller Enid Blyton gatherings are if close enough for me to get to as I don't have transport and train fares can be pricey?
BarneyBarney says: Hi Sue, I don't yet know whether the exhibition is going anywhere else after Canterbury and Plymouth. There are no Enid Blyton gatherings planned at present, but they're usually arranged by forumites so keep an eye out on the forums.
Posted by Spotkin on February 19, 2015
Way back in May of 2009 I asked a question about the title of a story by Enid Blyton. Well thanks to the 'Cave of Books' I took a chance and ordered a book collection - The Forgotten Pets and Other Stories - and it has my story. The title is 'The Rich Little Girl'. The story is just like I remembered it from so many years ago. So once again I have to thank you for this wonderful site and all the hard work that has gone into it!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for letting us know, Spotkin. I'm glad you found the story - you've put a wag in my tail!
Posted by Susan Webster on February 17, 2015
Hi Barney, loveable, lovely old dog! Re Radhika's message about the Enid Blyton Day, it's such a shame there are no Days now because you can't get speakers. Well, how about us members giving a talk? It could be about when we were in the original Famous Five Club, or about our favourite books, characters in stories, etc., the list is endless. I'm sure we could have an exciting time sharing our stories, talks etc. I know I'd like to share my Famous Five Club days - I still have my newsletters etc. - and share my favourite books. Why not give it a go and see how it works out? A big juicy bone and biccies on their way to you.
BarneyBarney says: A big wuff of thanks for the bone and biccies, Sue! They both begin with B, like my name! It's a nice thought about members giving talks, but without the well-known speakers we probably wouldn't sell as many tickets so we'd have to find a smaller venue. And that would mean we wouldn't attract as many dealers and might not be able to hire caterers either. So it would be a very different kind of Enid Blyton Day! For the moment, smaller gatherings seem to be the way forward. There have been several meetings of Blytonites at Old Thatch, and there may be some get-togethers at the Enid Blyton Exhibition which is currently in Canterbury and is due to move to Plymouth in about June.
Posted by Rhona on February 16, 2015
Hi, I'm trying to locate a book I purchased around 1992, a collection of fairy and brownie stories. One story was about a little boy who didn't look after his dog properly and one of the brownies turned him into a dog to teach him a lesson. Another story was about fairies using white nettle flowers for shoes.
BarneyBarney says: Are you the person who posted as Adelle yesterday? Maybe the early 1990s date will help someone identify the book.
Posted by Radhika Ghose on February 16, 2015
Hi there Barney, I believe you have celebrated 'Enid Blyton Day' in the past? Has it stoppped? Is there one for 2015? Can we revive the day if there isn't one? I am planning an Enid Blyton festival this Mat in Bangalore, India. What do you suggest If I could choose just five books to introduce Enid Blyton to children here? I'm conducting a story session on Adventures of the Wishing-Chair and The Wishing-Chair Again in the middle of March.
BarneyBarney says: You wrote "this Mat", Radhika. Did you mean "this May"? I'm afraid we haven't had an Enid Blyton Day for the last few years as we haven't been able to get speakers. I hope your story session goes well, and your Enid Blyton festival in Bangalore. Regarding the five books, it would be good to choose five different kinds - e.g. nursery toys, fantasy, mystery/adventure, school, family...
Posted by Adelle on February 15, 2015
Thanks, Barney. I think the cover was a dark blue one. It was actually a little boy that was mean to the dog and a brownie turned him into the dog to teach him a lesson. It had lots of stories in the book.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad the boy was taught a lesson, Adelle! I hope someone can identify the book for you.
Posted by Adelle on February 15, 2015
Hi. I've been looking for an Enid Blyton book from my childhood for years now, all I can remember is that it had lots of stories about brownies and pixies in it. It also had a story about a little girl who was mean to her dog, and one about fairies who kept their shoes in stinging nettles. Have you any idea what this book was called?
BarneyBarney says: The story about fairies keeping their shoes in stinging nettles might possibly be 'A Fairy Secret', Adelle. Books containing 'A Fairy Secret' are listed here - maybe one of them will jog your memory.
Posted by Alexandra on February 15, 2015
Does anyone know who holds the rights to Enid Blyton's work and who I could contact if I wanted to develop a performance? I am a student of puppetry and we have been looking into an interactive production but need to look at the legalities. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: The copyright for most of Enid Blyton's work is held by Hachette UK but the copyright for Noddy is held by DreamWorks Classics. You can contact them through their websites. Good luck with your project, Alexandra!
Posted by Aditi on February 13, 2015
Hello. Please could you tell me if there are any Enid Blyton tourist attractions, e.g. where she lived and where she wrote her books, etc? Also, please could you tell me more about the Enid Blyton Day 2015? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Some Blyton-related locations are mentioned here, though the museum in Poole has now closed down and the Old Thatch gardens are no longer open to the public. I'm afraid there is no Enid Blyton Day planned for 2015, Aditi, though there is currently an Enid Blyton Exhibition at the Canterbury Beaney which is due to move to Plymouth some time in June.
Posted by Liz on February 13, 2015
I love the Secret Seven series! I think Enid Blyton is an awesome novelist.
Posted by Hilary on February 12, 2015
I am seeking a copy of a poem, title and author unknown. This is from childhood memory, "There was a naughty golly and what do you think he did..." I would very much like to know the name of the book and poem title. Thank you.
Posted by Farwa on February 6, 2015
I sure do agree with you, Naveed! It is indeed a pity that Enid Blyton is not alive today, Rew.
Posted by Rew on February 6, 2015
Enid Blyton the famous British writer is my favourite writer. She writes many interesting good books. I feel she should be alive now.
BarneyBarney says: The best of Enid Blyton lives on in her books and she continues to bring joy to many.
Posted by Naveed on February 6, 2015
I grew up reading the Famous Five stories and some other Enid Blyton series but came across her for the first time with the Adventurous Four and the Galliano's Circus books. I really think she was an author who had a good command of language and also can be savoured by adults. Her empathy for and about animals (domestic and otherwise) is also one of many reasons I love Enid Blyton stories. I feel Blyton is very much misunderstood by some folks - she is an author who (in some books) was attuned to adults as well as children.
BarneyBarney says: A lovely message, Naveed. I'm sure many would agree with you.
Posted by Catherine on February 4, 2015
I am now 86 but I remember as an infant at school the teacher reading us a weekly letter from Enid Blyton? As a teacher later and as a mother I used her books as an inbetween for children learning to read as they were easy and interesting enough to get them actually reading books.
BarneyBarney says: It's lovely that you remember the letters being read to you, Catherine. Enid Blyton (and her dog Bobs!) used to write weekly letters for Teachers World at that time. Tony Summerfield has been putting the letters up each week for about a year - we've covered 1930 and we're now into 1931. There's a forums thread about the letters here.
Posted by Cake Decorator on February 3, 2015
Thank you Barney for responding to my request, I have written to DreamWorks and await their response.
Posted by Cake Decorator on January 31, 2015
Hi, I am a cake decorator and have downloaded images of Noddy and Big Ears from the internet. I intend using these images to demonstrate a technique at an exhibition. I would like to know if I use these images am I in violation of copyright issues? I am not selling these only showing a technique, because these figures are famous it draws a crowd.
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure, but to be on the safe side you could check with DreamWorks Animation who own the copyright to Noddy. Good luck at the exhibition.
Posted by Darren Wolverson on January 29, 2015
My mother had a short story published following a competition in one of the magazines and/or Magazine Annual. Her name was Maureen Whiting and we believe it was published in the 40s - early 50s. We would really like to track down the story and the magazine/book. How would we find which magazine it might be in, etc? Please can someone help?
BarneyBarney says: If you look in the Cave of Books you can see the dates of Sunny Stories and Enid Blyton's Magazine, Darren, but I'm afraid there are a lot of them and they're not very easy to obtain.
Posted by Farwa on January 27, 2015
Hi Tonya, I suggest that you make an account on the forums on this website - there is an entire section there called Book/Story Search. If you ask your question there, you are bound to get more replies. Good luck in your search!