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Posted by Maria Clifford on May 2, 2016
Hello. Is there such a thing as an Enid Blyton holiday specifically concentrating on Devon and Cornwall and also does anybody know were any of the books set in these places?
BarneyBarney says: The Secret of Spiggy Holes, Five Go Down to the Sea and the Malory Towers books are set in Cornwall, though I don't think the names of real towns or villages are mentioned. In The Family at Red-Roofs there's a brief mention of Carbis Bay, and in Five on a Treasure Island we're told that Julian, Dick and Anne usually holiday in Polseath (which I believe is an old spelling of Polzeath).
Posted by Johnny on April 28, 2016
I am trying to trace a Blyton book I read when I was about eight (circa 1964). All I remember about it (and my memory is not good) is a boy living behind a false partition in a large kennel or animal enclosure. There could have been a circus connection but I'm not sure. All I remember is the boy sleeping on straw, and I think there was a dog. Can anyone help out?
BarneyBarney says: You're probably thinking of Three Boys and a Circus, in which Dick hides in a kennel with a dog called Leppi. The kennel is in a dogs' cage at a circus, and there's a wooden partition which slides across to separate the kennel area from the rest of the cage. Three Boys and a Circus has been published as a book on its own, but also in a 2-in-1 volume by Collins - called Dog Stories. The other book included in Dog Stories is The Adventures of Scamp. Being a dog myself, I find these stories very enjoyable!
Posted by Debby Timm on April 16, 2016
Was busy going through some boxes and found 2 children's Noddy handkerchiefs. Wow that took me back. I have a toddler granddaughter, and after my find, I really must find some Enid Blyton books. Which are the best ones to start off with?
BarneyBarney says: If she is a toddler, Noddy would be a very good starting point, Debby, and if there is anything that upsets her she will even have a Noddy hankie to blow her nose with! It is not so easy to buy Noddy books now as they have been out of print for a few years, but if you look on the internet you should be able to find online booksellers that still have copies in stock.
Posted by Shirley Murphy on April 15, 2016
Why are the Barney Mysteries not in print?
BarneyBarney says: Hachette, who are the current copyright holders, have recently taken back the rights of several series from other publishers, and bit by bit they will release them through Hodder Children's Books which they own. They have just released the St. Clare's and Malory Towers books and later this year they will release the Find-Outers Series, but there is a limit to the number of series that they can republish at one time. I am sure they will republish the Barney Series at some stage, but for the moment the books will stay out of print.
Posted by Devdatta Malshe on April 14, 2016
I would like to buy a paperback set of the Barney Mysteries, all the six titles. If anyone knows where to, do let me know.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid the Barney Mysteries aren't in print at the moment (very sad, especially as the series is named after me!) but you could look for second-hand copies in charity shops or jumble sales or online.
Posted by Jiniya on April 13, 2016
Hello! I'm an aspiring writer and my friends are also great fans of Enid Blyton just like me. We wish to continue with Enid Blyton series for which we will need her copyrights. It would be of great help if you could provide information on how we could get those. Thank you!
BarneyBarney says: The copyright changes hands for millions of pounds! ;-) Hachette UK (Hodder) currently own the copyright for everything except Noddy, so you'd need to ask their permission if you're seeking publication. For enquiries about Noddy, get in touch with DreamWorks Animation. Contact details are on the relevant websites.
Posted by Jennifer2n on April 13, 2016
Have a large number of paperback Enid Blyton books - 9kg worth. If anyone would like them for free please let me know (but contribution to myHermes courier costs of £7.50 would be appreciated). Would also be interesting to know if hardback books from the 1950s and 1960s are worth keeping regardless of their condition - we used to write our names in them and have even drawn pictures inside. P.S. Barney - think your typing skills are excellent! Email:
BarneyBarney says: A wuff of thanks to you, Jennifer! I am quite nifty with my paws when I get going! I'd keep the hardbacks if I were you as they have the original text and probably the original illustrations too, which sadly is not the case with modern Blyton books.
Posted by Sue on April 13, 2016
Hi Alice, Lots of Enid Blyton puzzles and a few games too at Green Meadow Books. Hope this helps!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Sue! Green Meadow Books always has delumptious goodies for sale!
Posted by Alice on April 12, 2016
Where can you purchase puzzles and card games made by Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: If you mean puzzles and card games based on her books, I'm not sure whether any are being produced these days. However, you should be able to find older ones on sites like eBay and Amazon.
Posted by Aussie Sue on April 7, 2016
Clare, "Sing-Song" is a lovely poem. There are 4 verses and your name is in verse 2, 3, 4. Here is the rest of verse 2 that you are missing: 'So she came,/And said,/"Oh!/Never did I hear before/A bird a-singing such a song-/I must/Tell/Clare!"'
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much indeed, Sue! Unfortunately the Message Board doesn't preserve the poem format so I've added slashes to mark the ends of lines.
Posted by Clare on April 6, 2016
I learned an Enid Blyton poem called "Sing-Song" when I was a child because it had my name in it! It's from A Pageant of Poetry Junior Book 2, published by A. Wheaton & Co. My copy has part of verse 2 missing at the bottom of page 9. Does anyone know the words after "So she came....."? I am desperate to fill the gap, it's such an important childhood memory. The poem "Sing-Song" is also in Enid Blyton's book Silver and Gold. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone who has the relevant book/s will provide the missing words for you, Clare.
Posted by Garrybel on April 2, 2016
I love Enid Blyton books! What was the longest book she wrote? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I don't know for definite, but people have commented that Boys' & Girls' Circus Book and The Valley of Adventure are particularly long.
Posted by Sam on April 1, 2016
Hi, how many books did Enid Blyton write? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: It's hard to say as Enid Blyton wrote picture books, articles, poems and entire magazines as well as novels. What we do know is that she wrote over 180 novels and around 4,000 short stories, plus plays etc.
Posted by Gabrielle on March 27, 2016
Have just discovered my Famous Five pack of cards that I played with as a child in the 1950s. Unfortunately there is one card missing, pink 8 Rescue from Five Get Into Trouble. Anybody know where I might be lucky enough to acquire this card as would love to play the game with my grandson?
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Gabrielle. If not, you could keep an eye on eBay to see if anyone is selling an incomplete set of cards cheaply.
Posted by Alexia on March 22, 2016
My 9-year-old daughter has just finished reading Those Dreadful Children (my own rather worn copy from the 1970s!) All the way through she kept saying, "I love this book." I loved it too, and discussing it with her brought back some very happy memories of the Carltons and the Taggertys. Ahhh!
BarneyBarney says: Those Dreadful Children is a great book, absorbing and thought-provoking. I'm sure Enid Blyton would be delighted to know it's still giving children so much pleasure.
Posted by John Nicholass on March 22, 2016
Looking for a poem my wife's late aunt used to recite from memory and learnt when she was five circa 1920. Think it might be from Child Whispers. It was something about fairies at the bottom of the garden and flying away. Would be grateful for any help in identifying it.
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, John.
Posted by Sheila on March 20, 2016
Thank you Barney, I take it that it is the same story in all of the books? Thanks again, Sheila.
BarneyBarney says: Hi Sheila, I think it is the same story but you can double-check by looking at the source (which is written beneath each story title in the Cave). Characters' names and other small details were altered in some short stories from around the end of the 1980s, but I'm not sure whether that applies to this particular tale.
Posted by Sheila on March 19, 2016
Hi, I'm looking for the Enid Blyton story about the little round man. It's the one where he rescues the children wearing one magic shoe, and his little round house follows him. Which annual would I find it in? Many thanks. Sheila
BarneyBarney says: The story you're looking for is 'The Little Roundy Man', Sheila. It can be found in these books.
Posted by Mary-Rose MacColl on March 18, 2016
Hello all, Does anyone else object to publishers releasing books as if they are by Enid Blyton but they're written by someone else (Pamela Cox, for instance, doing St Clare's and Malory Towers, with her name in fine print at the bottom of the cover or inside)? I think it's terrible as if I want an Enid Blyton book, I want it to have been written by Enid Blyton, or it should be clear it's been written by someone else.
BarneyBarney says: Publishers were warned about that a few years ago, Mary-Rose, so I hope things have improved since then.
Posted by Ringuet Florian on March 14, 2016
Bonjour, je suis triste de retrouver "oui-oui" prendre part, avec son image sur autocollants, pour la construction d un aéroport en France "Notre Dame des Landes", au détriment du respect écologique et des lois sur l' eau en vigueur dans le cop21 et l écologie ne semblent pas avoir de messages dignent d intérêt pour les jeunes, et utiliser vos droits pour accréditer et encourager par les enfants ce type d'exactions m'indigne.mes hommages à Enid Blyton pour son oeuvre.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry I don't understand every word, but I think you're saying that it's sad to see Noddy's image on stickers promoting the construction of an airport in France ("Notre Dame des Landes") which is bad for the country ecologically, and that it's inappropriate to have a popular children's character associated with such a project. And that you commend Enid Blyton for her work.
Posted by Hope Graham on March 13, 2016
What was the first novel Enid Blyton ever published?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's first novel was The Enid Blyton Book of Brownies, published in 1926. Before that she had already written many short stories, articles, plays and poems. Her first book was Child Whispers, a slim volume of poetry published in 1922.
Posted by Margaret Nevell on March 7, 2016
Hello Barney, Hello John, Thank goodness someone else remembers our little poem about the tortoise. Yes John, that is exactly the one. Thank you so much for the information, it gives us something else to go on. I shall now trawl the internet to see if l can find out more and will certainly let you know on this site (if that's okay Barney) if l come up with anything. At least we now know that there are three people who remember it and that we haven't just made it up.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for coming back on that, Margaret. Good luck with searching for more information!
Posted by Mike Steffich on March 6, 2016
I have a Blyton book, Three Boys and a Circus. On the title page there is a signature. Is this printed with the book? Sincerely, Mike.
Posted by John Atkins on March 4, 2016
Hi Barney, In reply to Margaret and her brother’s question to you of February 8th, the introduction to the poem about the cunning tortoise sounds very familiar to me and it’s possibly the story of Christopher. I recall it in a small, thin, glossy paperback booklet beautifully illustrated in bright full-colour showing Christopher and other characters who all walked upright, like the humans in the story, on their two back legs. I can only recall snippets of the poem, which I’Il try to incorporate here as well as I can remember them after so very long. The booklet was likely from the 1940s. I was a very small boy seeing it in the ’50s - and the book was already old when given to my older sister. Christopher was an idle tortoise and it relates his cunning idea of keeping one back leg tucked up inside his shell and hobbling with a little stick in order to gain sympathy and free lifts from anyone with wheeled transport. ‘Porters’ barrows, tradesmen’s vans, all come under Chris’s plans…’ went the poem. ‘So that everybody thought, Christopher was one leg short…’ All goes well and ‘Chris becomes a gadabout’; the illustrations showing him sitting in cars, lorries, wheelbarrows and all manner of transport, enjoying free lifts. But like most con artists, Christopher finally gets found out when, one evening, he meets a fair tortoise maiden and forgets to keep his leg tucked up inside his shell! The penultimate full-colour page shows them joyously dancing together, she wearing a fetching pot hat with a daisy hanging from the band …‘where Chris was seen, dancing on the village green’. The game was up for the tortoise spoofer and the final small illustration depicts a forlorn-looking Christopher, seen back on his own two back feet, trudging along, while all the passing vehicle drivers, angry at being duped, ignore the little fraud. I hope this is the poem Margaret remembers but even if not, it’s a great little book for a collector to find. About a year back, I searched the Internet trying to find out the author but with no luck. Bye for now, Barney! John.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you for your very detailed answer, John! It sounds like an entertaining poem!
Posted by Prasad on March 2, 2016
I distinctly recall reading an Enid Blyton story about a dog written in first person. Dog gets stolen, has to perform at a circus but eventually returns. Cannot recall the name.
BarneyBarney says: If the story was definitely written in the first person, you're probably thinking of The Adventures of Bobs. If the story might have been written in the third person, you could be thinking of The Adventures of Scamp. You can find out more about those books by putting their titles into the Cave of Books.
Posted by Geraldine Thorne on March 2, 2016
I have been trying to track down a book I was given for a birthday present between 1958-1961- Collins Children's Annual. The book I was given had a glossy picture of a witch on a broomstick flying over a rooftop. However, I have no real idea of what the book was called. Can you help please?
BarneyBarney says: Looking on the internet, I wonder if you're thinking of this one, Geraldine. The listing shows an internal picture of a witch on a broomstick.
Posted by Penny M on February 29, 2016
Hi, I see from your webpage about the Enid Blyton Day that there has not been an event since 2013. Is there a further Enid Blyton Day planned? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid there are no plans for another Enid Blyton Day at present, Penny. The last one was actually in 2012. Tony Summerfield did a wonderful job organising Days almost annually for many years, but it got harder and harder to find speakers as time went on. Over the last few years a number of smaller, informal gatherings have been arranged through our forums. These have included visits to Old Thatch in Bourne End, a walk round Beckenham looking at the houses where Enid Blyton lived, and a trip to Bekonscot in Beaconsfield (where there's a model of Green Hedges). Any future gatherings will be advertised on the forums, so please keep an eye out for them if interested. All forum members are welcome to come along.
Posted by Gemma on February 20, 2016
Hi, I've been trying for years to remember the title of and hopefully find a book from my childhood. I am convinced that it is an Enid Blyton book as I was a huge fan of her books at the time. It had a story of a fairy in it, who could transform into different outfits in the blink of an eye and a lady would bring her pages from magazines. I think the fairy came from, or lived in, a rose. The lady desperately wanted to have a baby, but could not, and the fairy helped her with this. I may be combining more than one story... I am very vague on the details! I would have been 7 or 8. So that would have been 1988/89. If anyone has any idea what I am on about I would love to hear from them. Thanks, Gemma.
Posted by Saleema on February 19, 2016
I was just curious, if I want to translate any of her books, do I need to have special permission to do that? Or can I translate any Enid Blyton book I want?
BarneyBarney says: If you're interested in translating Enid Blyton books you'd need to contact Hachette UK, who own the copyright to everything except Noddy. The Noddy copyright is owned by DreamWorks Classics.
Posted by John McKenzie on February 17, 2016
Hello, hope this is okay to post. I've got 80 copies of Sunny Stories for sale, dated 1953-54. They start with issue 554 and end with issue 641 - almost consecutive, but with a few issues missing. Please contact me if interested. Would prefer to sell as one lot. John
BarneyBarney says: These issues start from just after Enid Blyton had left Sunny Stories but they follow a similar format. Crawfie (nanny to the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret) and Malcolm Saville (author of the Lone Pine books) were both involved with Sunny Stories at some point after Enid left, though I'm not sure of the dates.
Posted by Brenda on February 14, 2016
When I was young I had a Noddy story in which he kept mislaying his handkerchief - to the annoyance of Big Ears. Big Ears fastened a hanky to Noddy's jacket with a safety pin. At the end of the story Big Ears sneezes and Noddy has to provide the handkerchief. Any idea which Noddy book this was? I've been looking for 50 years!
Posted by Margaret on February 8, 2016
Hi Barney, Please can you help my brother and myself? We are both in our 70s and think we must be the only people in the world who have heard this poem but unfortunately we don't know the rest of it. It goes, "As every boy and girl should know, Tortoises are very slow, Never would you see one running, One l knew was very cunning." Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid I don't know the poem, Margaret, but I hope someone can help.
Posted by Lawrence on February 8, 2016
I love the Adventurous Four. I remember the seaweed-covered rocks and the wartime excitement. Sorry if I'm being stupid, but what was wrong with Jill and Mary?
BarneyBarney says: If you mean why were the girls' names changed to Pippa and Zoe, some publishers update a few names when they update vocabulary and phrasing. However, that alteration doesn't make sense as the events of The Adventurous Four clearly take place during the Second World War!
Posted by Shane on February 4, 2016
Hi Sarah, I have been looking for a copy of the first edition Magic Faraway Tree for some time. Have you been able to sell it yet?
Posted by Lawrence on February 4, 2016
What is blamonge? (Spelling?) I seem to remember it being a dessert in some Enid Blyton stories. My memories are decades old so forgive me Mr. Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Blancmange is a cold dessert made with milk, sugar and a thickener such as cornstarch. It can be flavoured in various ways, e.g. with strawberry or vanilla or chocolate which give it a pink, cream or brown colour respectively. It's often put into a mould to set and comes out looking like a milk jelly.
Posted by Sharon Jacques on February 3, 2016
Hello again Barney, sorry to bother you again but I would like some more information on a scarce Enid book called Benjy and the Others. I saw on here in the Cave of Books section printed in its entirety Let's Pretend. Could the same be done for Benjy and the Others? I am sure that I read somewhere that it was serialised either in Enid's magazine or in Sunny Stories. If so, how would I be able to find out exactly which ones so that I if possible could start collecting them and hence have the whole of the book? Thanks for helping me out with the Award list. I am most grateful. XXXXXX
BarneyBarney says: If you go to the Cave of Books and type Benjy and the Others into the "Search the database" box, the details of the book and the relevant magazines will come up. It was serialised in Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories in 1952, issues 538 - 549. You're right that it's very scarce, Sharon, but I don't think we could put the whole thing up in the Cave as it's pretty long. In case anyone doesn't know, it's another book about the "children of Happy House".
Posted by Sharon Jacques on February 2, 2016
Please could you help me out? Are the Deane's books, for example Bicycle Magic, The Donkey on the Sands and The Twelve Silver Cups, collections of the stories published in Sunny Stories Magazine? If not, where from? Also on the backs of the books there is a list of other books in the series and I have noticed this list differs from book to book. Where could I find a fully complete comprehensive list of these hardback titles so I know what I have and don't have to complete my collection? Thanks very much Barney. XXXX
BarneyBarney says: You seem to be talking about the Award Popular Rewards, Sharon. The 72 titles are listed here. Award recently stopped publishing Enid Blyton books but many of their titles are now published by Bounty.
Posted by Rajah on February 1, 2016
Has anyone picked up the blooper in The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat?
BarneyBarney says: There may be more than one blooper, but the one I've heard mentioned several times is that Fatty and Pip go to The Turret for snacks and interviews but then Enid Blyton writes about Fatty and Larry eating the snacks!
Posted by Ney99 on January 29, 2016
I love Enid Blyton. She has taken reading to a whole new level.
Posted by Sponge Diver on January 28, 2016
Hi - I would really appreciate any information from forum members in helping to track down the title of a lost story from my distant youth. I was very young when I read it so details are sketchy but I felt certain it was an Enid Blyton book, possibly The Famous Five, and concerned a trip to a Greek Island. I vaguely recall a friendship struck up with perhaps an older boy named Mario or Marco who was a sponge diver. None of the Famous Five plots I looked at online fit this description so perhaps it may be one of her shorter books? Any clues?
BarneyBarney says: It's definitely not an Enid Blyton Famous Five book, though it could possibly be one of the continuation Famous Five books written in French by Claude Voilier (and translated into English by Anthea Bell). Enid Blyton did write a novel in which children go on a cruise and visit Greek islands (The Ship of Adventure featuring Jack, Lucy-Ann, Philip and Dinah) but there is no sponge-diving. The children befriend a boy called Lucian and go treasure-hunting.
Posted by Sarah on January 27, 2016
I have a 1st Edition 1943 Magic Faraway Tree book to sell,but have no idea of value or where to sell it. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we can't evaluate books because the value depends on a number of things such as condition, demand and availability. If you check sites like eBay and Abebooks, you might be able to get an idea how much books similar to yours are fetching. You could then perhaps advertise your book for sale on eBay or similar, with a starting price that suits you, or maybe see what a children's book dealer would offer you. We have some dealers listed under "Lashings of Links" who specialise in Enid Blyton.
Posted by Sarah on January 26, 2016
What dog breed is Buster from the "The Five Find-Outers"?
BarneyBarney says: Buster is a Scottish Terrier (or Scottie).
Posted by Helen on January 22, 2016
Hi, I would like to build up my collection of books again so was wondering where I could get copies that were published in the early 1970s. Thanks, Helen.
BarneyBarney says: Copies dating from that era turn up frequently on eBay and Amazon, Helen. You could also try charity shops and boot sales. Good luck with building up your collection.
Posted by Sian on January 20, 2016
Hello, I have all 84 coloured prints to go with the Enid Blyton Two Years in the Infant School. It has Topics 1-84, George Newnes, c.1940s. Is anyone interested in purchasing them? I am going to sell on eBay but wondered if there was a true Blyton fan that would appreciate them more!
Posted by Josiah Gillam on January 18, 2016
Hello again, Would you be able to tell me if the 2003 version of the Five Find-Outers is updated? Amazon says it is the classic books, so I am not sure. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Some editing of the Five Find-Outers books would have taken place by that date, Josiah, but I don't think very much updating was done to that series compared to series like the Famous Five and Secret Seven.
Posted by Edward Auton on January 18, 2016
Hi, I am a trying to track down a cassette version of "The Secret Island" and "The Island of Adventure" - can anybody help?
BarneyBarney says: The best place to look would be Ebay as both cassettes do come up for sale there fairly frequently.
Posted by Sue Webster on January 17, 2016
Hi, I didn't know that Anne Digby had written some Naughtiest Girl books. Are they available in shops like Waterstones, Smiths, etc?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, they're available in those shops and you can also buy them from sites like Amazon.
Posted by HF on January 15, 2016
Hi, I'm trying to find out the title of an Enid Blyton book (1970s?) that included a number of short stories, e.g. 'Connie's Candle', 'The Little Toy Stove' (if that was about fairies, google buns, poppity cake and topsy turvy pudding) and a story about a boy nicknamed the shrimp who saved the day. Can you help? Stories for Bedtime seems to have two of them but I don't know the name of the shrimp story. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: The candle story is 'Connie's Curious Candle' and I think (though I'm not certain) that the "shrimp" story might be 'The Beautiful Cricket Ball', in which a small boy is told he's too little to join in a game of cricket but ends up helping the older ones. You're spot on with 'The Little Toy Stove' featuring google buns and poppity cake, but the pudding is tippy-top pudding. Unfortunately, the Cave of Books doesn't list any volume which contains all three of those tales. Maybe you actually read them in more than one book, in which case a check of the story titles in our Cave of Books might prove fruitful. Another possibility is that all three stories appeared together in one of the more obscure short story compilations. So many have been published since Enid Blyton's death that we haven't had the opportunity to include all of them in the Cave.
Posted by Lawrence on January 13, 2016
The Secret Mountain is the one with the Oriental "King of the Mountain", isn't it? I can tell why Hachette is unwilling to publish it, given the definite consequences.
BarneyBarney says: I think you're getting mixed up with The Mountain of Adventure, which is still published by Macmillan. The Secret Mountain is set in Africa.
Posted by Sarah on January 12, 2016
What happened to the dogs who played Timmy in the 1970s and 1996 series?
BarneyBarney says: Toddy (1970s Timmy) died shortly after finishing the second Famous Five series, but I think Connal (1990s Timmy) went on to appear in other things. Maybe someone else will know more.