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Posted by Isabelle on October 24, 2016
Is the musical the only story genre that Enid never did?
BarneyBarney says: She didn't do opera, ballet, etc. either! Although Enid Blyton was a talented musician, her real passion was for words. Some of her plays are sprinkled with songs but usually Enid only wrote the lyrics, and someone else composed the music.
Posted by Maureen on October 23, 2016
Dear Barney, Thank you for your kind reply to my question, provided on October 12, 2016. It is much appreciated. Maureen
BarneyBarney says: You're welcome!
Posted by Achiaa on October 19, 2016
I want to buy Enid Blyton Rewards Series no.1 - no. 48 for orphans in a school in Africa. How can I go about it?
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Achiaa.
Posted by Aminmec on October 19, 2016
Is the new 2014 printing of Up the Faraway Tree the same as the vintage edition or are there any changes? Did the new edition become popular and sell well?
BarneyBarney says: I haven't seen it, but any golliwogs would surely have been removed.
Posted by Shruti on October 19, 2016
Hello Barney. I have read some of Enid Blyton's books by now... at least part of all the series she wrote, but the Adventure series had eluded me till now. But this year has been the Year of Adventure 😊. First I chanced upon River, then Island, then Valley. I must say that this is Enid's best work. The settings are fantastic. Kiki is a scream 😁. Looking forward to reading the rest as soon as I find copies...
BarneyBarney says: Ooh - a "Year of Adventure" sounds brilliant! You're lucky to have five more Adventure books ahead of you as it's a truly thrilling series and is rated very highly by Blyton fans. As for Kiki, she's as good as a dog any day! Happy Reading, Shruti!
Posted by Aminmec on October 18, 2016
Is the Dean edition of The Three Gollliwogs (yellow colour) the unchanged version? And is the newer Dean edition of the 90s with the light green cover any different from the older version, apart from being titled The Three Gollies? The story titles have Golliwogs in them instead of Gollies.
BarneyBarney says: I think that only the very first printing of the Dean edition (1968) still had the original names for the golliwogs. I haven't seen The Three Gollies but maybe someone else will be able to help.
Posted by Aminmec on October 15, 2016
Thanks. Is there any reference section to know which stories are repeats with a different title? It will help to avoid buying repeats.
BarneyBarney says: Where possible, title changes are indicated in the Cave of Books. The old title is given in brackets after the new one. However, I'm afraid I can't guarantee that the search facility will pick everything up - or that all title alterations have been covered.
Posted by Aminmec on October 14, 2016
Hi. I saw the book containing The Lost Necklace and also St. Rollo's and Kidillin. Hasn't The Lost Necklace been published anywhere else apart from this? I am hoping it has, as I already have the other two books.
BarneyBarney says: The original title was The Adventure of the Secret Necklace, which should be available as a single book second-hand. You can see the different editions in the Cave.
Posted by Isabelle on October 13, 2016
If only Enid Blyton were alive to see today's world. I think she wouldn't mind some of the bowdlerisations that reduce the harm to minority children reading her stories, such as removing "nigger" and the pidgin English of a few characters.
Posted by Shruti on October 13, 2016
Hello Barney. Just wanted to know if the Malory Towers and St. Clare's books have been modernised much. Have they? I have one of Malory Towers, Egmont 2005 edition. Doesn't seem much updated.
BarneyBarney says: The Malory Towers and St. Clare's books haven't been modernised as much as the Famous Five series. However, there have been some changes, e.g. slapping has been edited out, a "house-parlour-maid" has become a "home help", pupils no longer refer to debates about women ruling the world or boys and girls being given the same education, and in some places clothes and expressions have been updated slightly. The plots are still the same though.
Posted by Maureen on October 12, 2016
Hello. I have seen a warning that more recent editions of Enid Blyton have been updated to reflect modern sentiments. Can anybody tell me which editions (publisher and years published) are free of updatings? I am interested in the Faraway Tree series and the Wishing-Chair series. Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it's a bit complicated, Maureen. With the Faraway Tree books, you should be okay with editions up to the mid 1980s or so. However, avoid 3-in-1 volumes because they tend to be abridged. The best thing would be to double-check before buying that the children's names are Jo, Bessie and Fanny - NOT Joe, Beth and Frannie. As far as the Wishing-Chair books are concerned, I'm not sure how much editing they've had. To be on the safe side, I'd go for copies dating from before 1980 - though currency updates were introduced in the early 1970s. If you want to avoid even currency updates, go for copies from before 1971. The very first edition of Adventures of the Wishing-Chair (1937) contained some chapters that weren't included in any subsequent editions. To get the missing chapters and some other episodes that were printed in Sunny Stories and elsewhere, you could consider getting the book More Wishing-Chair Stories as well as the two main books. That was first published in 2000, and I don't know whether there have been any textual changes since then. You can see the publishers by looking in our Cave of Books.
Posted by Julie Cameron on October 9, 2016
Hi, my aunt has recently found a near new Noddy umbrella/parasol whilst clearing out her mother-in-law's house. We think it may have belonged to her late sister-in-law who unfortunately died at a very young age. It is still wrapped in its original wrapping and doesn't look as though it has ever been used. It must be at least 60 years old. Where can we find out more information about it?
BarneyBarney says: It sounds like an interesting item, Julie. You could see if there is any information online, or perhaps contact a seller of children's books and ephemera. We have a few dealers listed under Lashings of Links (see button over on the left).
Posted by Suzanne King on October 2, 2016
Hi, my name is Suzanne King and I've been a fan of Enid Blyton for as long as I can remember and now my daughter Cerys has read nearly all her books. I have recently had my children's chapter book The Enchanted Beach Hut published by an American publisher and it seems to be doing quite well. I was wondering if it was possible to have Sara Lane's email address, as I would love to send her a copy of The Enchanted Beach Hut, as her grandmother gave me the inspiration to write my own children's book. Kind Regards, Suzanne King.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't give out people's email addresses even if we have access to them, but best of luck with your book! It's great that so many writers have been inspired by Enid Blyton.
Posted by Paul Austin on September 29, 2016
Just reading through St Clare's and got to Claudine at St Clare's. I adore Claudine. But mention on page 4 is made of Alison in the Third Form losing her heart to the head-girl and making herself a perfect nuisance to her. Have I missed a book out? They're in the First Form for ages with The Twins at St Clare's, The O'Sullivan Twins and Summer Term at St Clare's. Then The Second Form at St Clare's and now I'm on to Claudine and last is Fifth Formers at St Clare's. What have I missed?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton sometimes refers to incidents that she didn't actually write about. Pamela Cox wrote three additional St Clare's titles - The Third Form at St Clare's, Kitty at St Clare's and The Sixth Form at St Clare's. I think the first two of those are set in the third form, so maybe Pamela Cox has used the story of Alison losing her heart to the head-girl?
Posted by Nilay on September 28, 2016
i am 10 and Enids no 1 fan. I like faumous five the best,and my dream is to become an author like her. how should I become a member?is it free?soon ill buy copies.thank you barney!well sorry for all those gramatical and spellind mistakes. I am preety bad at them.
BarneyBarney says: I've put your message up mistakes and all, Nilay - otherwise your final two sentences wouldn't make sense. Besides, it would make my paws sore correcting everything! If your dream is to become an author, keep working on your spelling and punctuation. Words are your tools! Joining the Enid Blyton Society involves subscribing to the Journal - click on our 'Fireside Journal' button for details. However, our discussion forum can be joined free of charge - click on 'join in' at the bottom of this page. It's worth pointing out, however, that the Enid Blyton Society and forum are aimed mainly at grown-ups who still love Enid Blyton, although a few older children do subscribe or visit.
Posted by Shruti on September 27, 2016
If there are no plot changes then I am okay with my copy. However, I will be on the lookout for the one with the original text. Thank you Barney for your help.
BarneyBarney says: Enjoy the book, Shruti! Whether it features Jo-Jo or Joe, The Island of Adventure is an exciting story with a fantastic setting.
Posted by Shruti on September 27, 2016
Hello everyone, I just got a second hand copy of The Island of Adventure. It is mentioned that it was revised in 1988, and reprinted in 1996. A bit of researching revealed that the villain has been renamed as Joe. Are there any major changes to the text? Should I look out for another edition if I want the almost original feel of the story? If so... which one? Please reply, Barney. Many thanks in advance.
BarneyBarney says: There were no plot changes, Shruti, so the story will be the same. However, I believe that alterations were also made to the colours of the rocks. If you want the original text, look for a copy in which "Joe" is a black man named Jo-Jo.
Posted by Jill Bulman on September 25, 2016
When I was about five years old in 1950 my mother (who came from Ireland just before the War to nurse) gave me a book she loved in her childhood, called Shadow the Sheepdog by Enid Blyton. I loved it and treasured it. However, when I was nursing I gave it to a little girl who was very sad as she had been in hospital quite a long time. However, she left unexpectedly and I never saw my book again. Can you tell me when this book was first published? I would love to get one that was just like the one I had. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: It's one of my favourite books, Jill, as the main character is so friendly, brave and intelligent! You can see the first edition and reprints here.
Posted by Scot on September 19, 2016
Are the original St. Clare's books still able to be bought? I was one of the many boys who enjoyed them. Cheers. Scot.
BarneyBarney says: The St. Clare's books are still available from bookshops or sites like Amazon, though the texts have undergone some minor editing.
Posted by Diana on September 19, 2016
I have a copy of Josie, Click and Bun Again with the original dust jacket. The boards are red and the dust jacket is identical to the picture of the first edition I have seen but there doesn't appear to be a date. Could you please tell me if there was a date in the first edition? Thank you.
Posted by Scot on September 17, 2016
Can you tell me if you can still buy Tales of Toyland? Thanks. Scot.
BarneyBarney says: It doesn't appear to be in print at the moment, Scot, but there should be plenty of secondhand copies around.
Posted by Sue Webster on September 17, 2016
Hi Barney, thanks for the information on the Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe Castle, Dorset. Just phoned to see if they can send me a list of things in the shop including badges, but sadly the lady told me they don't mail order. I live too far away to visit the shop so can't get any badges.
BarneyBarney says: That's a pity, but lots of small businesses simply don't have the staff to cope with mail order. I hope you manage to get to Corfe Castle one of these days, Sue.
Posted by Ryan on September 15, 2016
I read a book (I think) by Enid Blyton in the mid-80s when I was a wee nipper. It involved the children all being locked in a room and made to come out at certain times of the day and pose riddles that couldn't be solved to the head of the village where they were held captive. They escaped by giving him a curly hair and asking him if he could straighten it! Have I eaten too much cheese before bed, or is this a real thing?
BarneyBarney says: No need to cut down on the cheese, Ryan! The book you remember sounds like The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies (check it out in the Cave of Books - if you scroll down to the reprints you'll see it has had several different titles over the years), though the main characters are not children but three brownies called Hop, Skip and Jump. The curly hair comes from the head of a girl who is originally from the Land of Giggles. Hop, Skip and Jump travel from place to place and the episode you describe happens in the Land of Clever People, where everyone has to speak in rhyme. Each morning they go to the Very Wise Man in the market-place, who answers and asks riddles. It's a wonderful book, very imaginative.
Posted by Peter on September 15, 2016
Hi, Do you know anywhere that I can buy some of the Barney Mysteries in Australia? I've found two old copies at an old book sale ages ago that I've read (and I loved them!) but I can't seem to find any more. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: Unfortunately, the Barney Mysteries have been out of print for a while. You could try online sellers of secondhand books - though postage costs may be high if you're buying from outside Australia.
Posted by Gill on September 11, 2016
I am looking for a copy of Now for a Story. I loved the stories in this book when I was a child. I don't know what happened to my copy, but it would be great to replace it.
BarneyBarney says: Copies sometimes turn up on eBay. You could also try Abebooks, Amazon or the sellers we list under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Kayla on September 8, 2016
Is 'Lucy Loud-Voice' still printed today under the name 'Linda Loud-Voice' that it got after Lucy's parents got upset?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure whether the story is in print at the moment but it was available for many years.
Posted by Lorna on September 7, 2016
You were kind enough to object to the planning application to demolish 40 Penn Road, Beaconsfield, which is located next to the site of Green Hedges That application was refused but a new application has been lodged to demolish 40 Penn Road and build a block of 6 flats. Please could you send objections to planning@ quoting ref 16/01517/FUL- it is far too big and out of character. Thank you so much!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for letting us know, Lorna. I'm sorry to hear the house is still under threat. For those who don't know, number 40 is Northfields House. A girl called Lucy Nottingham once lived there, and Enid Blyton put her into a story called 'Lucy Loud-Voice' when Lucy annoyed her by singing loudly while Enid was trying to write!
Posted by Lesley McBain on September 6, 2016
I wish to buy the CD set with Kate Winslet reading the Faraway Tree collection. Ideally I would like two sets of the collection. I live in Italy but could provide an English address for delivery. Help please.
BarneyBarney says: I think the Kate Winslet CDs of the three books were only released in Australia, Lesley. In the UK just the first book (The Enchanted Wood) was released - and that was on cassette. You could have a look on auction sites and also consider contacting the sellers we list under Lashings of Links. Alternatively, the recordings might be available as audio downloads from sites like Amazon.
Posted by John Garvey on September 6, 2016
Hi, I am looking to purchase this please: Young Children's Stories (Volume 2). Is it possible to get it in CD form?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid it was only ever released as a cassette, John. You could keep an eye out on eBay, or try contacting the sellers we've got listed under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Kayla on August 28, 2016
My niece has asked me why radio was called wireless in Enid's stories and I'm too young to know myself. Can you help us, Barney?
BarneyBarney says: Electromagnetic radiation was often referred to as "wireless telegraphy", hence the term "wireless". It was commonly used at the time Enid Blyton was writing. Gradually, the word "radio" became more popular and took over.
Posted by Aziz on August 27, 2016
Enid Blyton membuatku menjadi anak anak lagi. Sangat menyenangkan.
BarneyBarney says: According to Google translate, that's Indonesian and it means "Enid Blyton makes me become a child again. Very nice." She makes this old dog feel like a lively puppy!
Posted by Sue Webster on August 27, 2016
Hi Barney, what things are sold in the Ginger Pop Shop at Corfe Castle and can you tell me the address, etc.? Cheers.
BarneyBarney says: You'd love the shop, Sue. It's tiny but crammed with goodies. It sells Enid Blyton books (new and second-hand), ginger beer, badges, cards, gollies, craft kits, jigsaws, tea-towels, etc. The full address doesn't appear to be on the Ginger Pop Shop website but you can't miss it if you go to The Square in the village of Corfe Castle, Dorset.
Posted by Carol Dight on August 27, 2016
I have been searching for years for a 'yellow book' which must have had a dust cover with a story about children whom I remember tipped tripe out of a window, and there was a gardener involved in some way! It was my favourite book as a child (I'm now over 50) and I would love to find a copy. I think it was short stories . . . can anyone help, please?
BarneyBarney says: I think the book you remember is Tales at Bedtime published by Collins. It's a wonderful collection of tales. The story about children tipping food out of the window (junket - not tripe) is 'Junket Through the Window'.
Posted by Susana on August 27, 2016
Hello, I used to have an Enid Blyton book in French when I was little. It was called Histoires de la Maison de Poupée. I don't know what the original English title was, and I can't seem to find it anywhere other than the French edition. I remember the first story very clearly as being about a girl who had cleaned a dollhouse and left it outside to dry and overnight a bunch of gnomes (I believe they were gnomes) moved into her dollhouse and she was delighted. Is there any chance you guys are familiar with that work? Thank you in advance for any help you can offer!
BarneyBarney says: I'm not familiar with that story, Susana, but I hope someone is able to help.
Posted by Aussie Sue on August 25, 2016
Hi Russ, I have a copy of the poem 'Janet's Creaky Bed'. It's a great poem and there are six verses. 1. Janet was a lazy girl,/And loved to stay in bed,/ "Oh let me have a minute more,"/ Was what she always said. 2. One morning as she lay asleep,/ The bed creaked on the floor,/ And lifting up its two front legs,/ It moved towards the door! 3. It sidled quickly down the stairs/ (Nor waked its sleepy load)./ And past the parents breakfasting,/ Slipped out into the road./ 4. The school bell rang, the children laughed,/ To see the bedstead pass,/ It hurried on along the street,/ Right into Janet's class!/ 5. "I've brought the lazy girl along,"/ It creaked, when teacher came,/ Then Janet woke, and looked around-/ And hid her face in shame!/ 6. And Janet now is always first,/ At school and breakfast too,/ For if her bed begins to creak,/ She knows what it will do!
BarneyBarney says: Many thanks, Sue. A delightful poem!
Posted by Sue on August 24, 2016
Born in 1954 as a small child I had a Noddy book "I'm cleaning my car and making it shine. Oh dear little car I'm so glad you're mine." Any idea what it was called and where I can purchase a copy?
BarneyBarney says: By coincidence, TG answered the same question on this Message Board in October 2015. He identified the book as "one of the 'Nursery Colour Picture' books entitled A Day With Noddy". You can see a picture of it here. Copies sometimes turn up on eBay, or you could try the sellers we list under Lashes of Links.
Posted by Russ on August 24, 2016
When I was a lad my mum read 'Janet's Creaky Bed' to me. It began: "Janet was a lazy girl/And loved to stay in bed...." Does anyone know the remaining lines? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: That poem was first published in 1922, Russ! I don't have access to it but I hope someone is able to help.
Posted by Ellie on August 22, 2016
Hi, I wonder if you'd be able to help me. My daughter loves the Famous Five and so for her ninth birthday we're taking her to Corfe Castle. Does anyone know if the 'Ginger Pop Shop' at Corfe is still there? I'd like to be able to buy her a few birthday presents whilst we're at the castle, but I have a feeling the shop has shut down. Any help would be must appreciated. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: The Ginger Pop Shop is a fantastic little shop and is still in business, though it closes for most of the winter. You can find out about opening times here. The link mentions another shop at Poole, but that one has closed down. I hope you and your daughter have a lovely time in Corfe, Ellie!
Posted by David Cadman on August 22, 2016
Can you please tell me whether Enid Blyton is in any way linked to families of the same name from Tiptree in Essex? Was she published by Anchor Press that used to be in Tiptree? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I haven't heard of any connection, David, and I don't know of any Enid Blyton books published by Anchor Press. However, if you find out anything the Society would be interested to know.
Posted by Daisy on August 20, 2016
Where do you go to input your answer on the Royal dragon of Siam?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what you're asking, Daisy. I know The Royal Dragon of Siam is the story in The Famous Five's Survival Guide but I'm afraid I don't have the book to hand (or paw!) and I don't know what you mean by inputting your answer.
Posted by Fiona on August 18, 2016
In reply to Bill: Yes, I have a copy of the code reader which I could scan for you. You can email me at worldofBlytonblog at hotmail dot com.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Fiona.
Posted by Aminmec on August 17, 2016
Rupa, it's your good fortune that I happened to stumble upon a hardcover of both the Six Cousins titles at a bookshop I visited. It's with a yellow spine and an Award publication if I remember right. Is this what you seek? If you wish to have it then message me so I can work something out.
Posted by Aminmec on August 17, 2016
Maybe I can help you, Rupa. PM me.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Aminmec. Rupa, to send Aminmec a PM (private message) you'll need to register with the forums if you haven't already done so (see the link at the bottom of this page). Registration is free of charge.
Posted by Rupa Subramanian on August 16, 2016
Hi, I want the e book or hard copy of the Six Cousins Series (both Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm & Six Cousins Again). I am not getting it anywhere (searched all the sites & shops including Navrang). Please help me. I need both the books. I want my kids to read them.
BarneyBarney says: Although we often get asked for help in finding books, I'm afraid that there is nothing we can do except exactly what you have already done yourself, and that is search the internet. Sadly we have no magic wand that we can wave!
Posted by Joseph on August 15, 2016
Hello Barney. You are such a clever dog. You got it in one - I forgot to use a capital letter! Entering the Secret Passage I was more than delighted to discover several new adventures for the Five Find-Outers and am really looking forward to solving them before that horrible Mr Goon. Thanks for all your help. Best wishes, Joseph.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you managed to enter the Secret Passage, Joseph. Have fun exploring!
Posted by Joseph Colley on August 13, 2016
Hello there. I have recently joined the Society and have received a wonderful copy of Journal number 60 but the word on page 51 denies me access to the Secret Passage despite repeated attempts.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry you've had trouble, Joseph. Did you remember that the word begins with a capital letter?
Posted by June Johns on August 13, 2016
Hi Barney! What are some Blyton stories about ice cream?
BarneyBarney says: Well, my favourite one is 'King Bom's Ice-Cream' because it contains a delicious-sounding ice-cream which glitters with all the colours of the rainbow. The brownies who make it put some special ingredients into it such as silver moonlight, a butterfly's blue shadow and the heart of a crocus. You can find other stories about ice-cream by searching in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Barney the Dog on August 12, 2016
I don't often post on the board (except to write replies) but quite a lot of people have been submitting messages with poor spelling and punctuation. Having to put in all the capital letters and full stops and make other corrections makes a dog's paws tired! Please check your own spelling and punctuation before sending. Otherwise, your message might not be approved.
Posted by Ally on August 11, 2016
Hello, I am looking into printing some of the Enid Blyton collections and I would like to know who currently holds the licensing for these. Does any body have any pointers at all?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not sure what you mean about "printing some of the Enid Blyton collections" but the copyright holders are Hachette UK so you'd need to check with them. Their contact details are on their website.
Posted by Janice on August 10, 2016
Can you tell me the name of the story about the lady who fed the sparrows and realised that the boys were greedy so painted a black bib on them? She then knew which ones had been fed. I recently told some children this story and said I thought it was an Enid Blyton short story. I've since searched and can't find it. Can you help please?
BarneyBarney says: I believe you're thinking of 'Little Black Bibs', Janice. The lady is Dame Kind-Heart. Unfortunately, Enid Blyton wrote more than one story called 'Little Black Bibs' so if I bring up the list of books it includes some which have the wrong 'Little Black Bibs' story. However, I hope that seeing the covers will jog your memory and you'll recognise the one you read.