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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.
Posted by Geogiegirl on August 9, 2016
Does anyone know the source of a short story by Enid Blyton about a boy who wished everything to be turned into chocolate? It was one of the short story collections which I read in the 1960s. I suspect it was a version of the King Midas story but would like to re-read it and my grandson is fascinated. Any answers gratefully received.
BarneyBarney says: Off the top of my hairy head I can only think of 'Treacle-Pudding Town', in which a greedy boy is whisked away to Treacle-Pudding Town where there is nothing to eat but treacle-pudding and chocolate cake. Enid Blyton writes: "... the whole village smelled of chocolate and treacle." It can be found in these books. However, it may not be the story you're looking for. If not, I hope someone else is able to help.
Posted by James on August 8, 2016
ihaveabooktitledbirdsofourgarden, itisagreenhardbackbookabouttwo childrenvisitingsprrowcottage.
BarneyBarney says: A great book. There's much to be learnt from it about birds - and about spelling and punctuation!
Posted by David Perkins on August 5, 2016
There is an Enid Blyton saying about stepping stones, I wanted to use on a flyer. Would I breach copyright?
BarneyBarney says: To be on the safe side, check with the copyright holders (Hachette UK). Their contact details are on their website.
Posted by Jenni on July 31, 2016
Help! the password for Five go off in a Narrowboat hasn't worked since you changed it last week! shame as it is the best novel yet. Thank you Robert! Jenni.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid that the password is case sensitive, Jenni, so the first letter needs to be a capital, then it will work. If all your letters are lower case it doesn't work.
Posted by Amin on July 28, 2016
Sorry this isn't about Blyton but all you kind folks helped me with a book information before so I am posting this. I had a book in my childhood which I lost. It was Tales from the Arabian Nights. It was a dark blue hardbound with a jacket, UK published and had painted pictures as well as black and white sketches along with text on thick white paper. It had some uncommon stories like "The Serpent Queen" and "Maruf and the Ugly Fatima". If I remember correctly it was a Cathay Press from 1983. Can anybody lead me to this particular book? Maybe you have it in your collection.Thanks in advance.
Posted by Anonymous on July 26, 2016
i love listening to the Malory Towers audio adaptions and they are great, however I've always wanted to know the names of the cast. Were the children well-known professional actors or talented volunteers?
BarneyBarney says: I agree that it is always nice to know names, but sadly they are as anonymous as you!
Posted by Sandra Almeida on July 25, 2016
Adoro os livros da Enid Blyton. Ainda hoje os leio e já tenho 45 anos. Gosto especialmente de Os Cinco, Os Sete, Mistério e as Gémeas no Colégio de Santa Clara. Os livros da Enid foram muito importantes pra me lançarem como leitora.
BarneyBarney says: You're not alone in continuing to love Enid Blyton books at the age of 45, Sandra (if I've understood you correctly).
Posted by Bubla Basu on July 25, 2016
Enid Blyton's school stories tell truths that matter
BarneyBarney says: Interesting, but it would have been nice if you'd written a comment to go with the link.
Posted by Haya on July 24, 2016
Hello! I wanted to know what fraction of books is written by Lady Enid Blyton in the whole of English literature for children.😯😕😀
BarneyBarney says: New children's books are coming out all the time, so the fraction must be constantly changing!
Posted by Karen Taylor on July 23, 2016
I have the set Blyton: New Testament Bible Pictures 1-30 by Macmillan. Where would I sell them?
BarneyBarney says: Items like that don't tend to be as popular as the books but you could try eBay or a specialist dealer. We have some children's booksellers listed under Lashings of Links.
Posted by Mary on July 22, 2016
I am searching for a book which I am certain is by Enid Blyton. The title is Seven White Gates. I remember one character was an uncle (?) called Malachi who used to go out at night and sit on 'devil's rock'. It was quite a creepy tale. I hope someone can help.
BarneyBarney says: You may be thinking of Seven White Gates by Malcolm Saville. The uncle is Uncle Micah and the rock is the Devil's Chair.
Posted by Sue Webster on July 22, 2016
Hi. What is this Famous Five's Survival Guide I have been reading about and how can I get one? Sounds fun and would love one. By the way, are there any I-SPY Books enthusiasts out there? Collins/Harper have taken over from Michelin and have brought out some new updated books, which I have most of and they are better than Michelin. I have just won my first super spotter I-spy badge and certificate!
BarneyBarney says: Congratulations on being a super spotter, Sue! You can read all about The Famous Five's Survival Guide here.
Posted by Judith on July 21, 2016
With Enid Blyton's stories, do the publishers keep them as period pieces or do they decide that this is a good story and one that children now would enjoy on the same basis as any other book they might pick up, i.e. not as 'something set in the olden times'? The name Mary is now very unusual for anyone under forty, except perhaps as a middle name. Jill is also very outdated by modern standards. Zoe and Pippa probably are very firmly 80s/90s names, but there is nothing to stop the publishers updating again (Emily and Olivia?), and Mary and Jill are very much of their time. I see it as a huge compliment to Enid Blyton that her stories are good enough and timeless enough that publishers bother to do this.
BarneyBarney says: Just about all Enid Blyton's books have been updated to varying degrees.
Posted by Bill on July 20, 2016
Hello, Does anybody have the code reader from The Famous Five's Survival Guide? I (and my daughter) would be really grateful if someone would be willing to scan and share (and we can cut out the holes). Thank you for reading. Bill
Posted by Jane Morgan on July 12, 2016
Hello everyone. I'm wondering if by any chance anyone knows anything about Teachers World before Enid Blyton's time. I am doing some research for my local museum on people who lived in our village and we have a man who was a journalist on Teachers World (on the 1911 census). It has taken me a while to remember why I had heard of Teachers World then it came to me! It's a long shot I know but I reckon there is an expert out there on just about everything these days. Many thanks for any help you can give. :)
Posted by Brayden on July 6, 2016
Wondering if you could assist me in relation to finding out about an old Couch Built Bentley that Enid Blyton may have owned back in the 1950s. Registration LXW300. Then sold to a Mr. Fry in 1966. The vehicle is now in Melbourne, Australia, and I have been asked to value the vehicle for insurance reasons by the current owner. If there is any way you could help, I would be indebted to you. Sincerely, Brayden Walls Associated Valuer. The Valuers Group. Melbourne
Posted by June on July 5, 2016
Hi, I have Boys' and Girls' Story Book No. 5 by Enid Blyton given to me in 1937 (I was 4 years old). It is my most treasured possession but sadly it is very delapidated. No two pages are joined but still every page is there. Do you know if the book is still in print or any other books in the same series? I think originally there was No. 1 - No. 6. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You can see all six books in our Cave of Books, June. They're no longer in print but they may be available second-hand. Some of the stories will have been reused in later story collections.
Posted by TG on July 2, 2016
On June 29, 2016 Gill Singh requested information about a Noddy story containing seven dolls, of which there seems no existing evidence. Barney hopes someone will be able to help but someone may 'not' be able to help because the only tale located so far is where Noddy appears with 'nine' dolls. Gill is adamant there are 'seven.' Entitled 'Noddy and the Little Dolls,' it deals with Mrs. Jolly-Doll asking our hero to take her children picnicking to Windy Woods which he does, but a problem arises when the head-count is taken before returning home .... it appears they're one short! This particular offering is in The Big Noddy Book (Fifties) showing a giraffe in Noddy's car on the cover so if the doll-count turns out to be 'nine' after all, it may have been seen in a Sixties or Seventies reprint.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, TG!
Posted by Gill Singh on June 29, 2016
NODDY AND THE SEVEN DOLLS. Back in the 70s I used to babysit my cousin and she always wanted the same story read to her every night. I am sure it was called Noddy and the Seven Dolls but I can't find any evidence of such a book having existed. Now she has children of her own I would love to surprise her with the book. Does anyone remember it also? Or have I got the title slightly wrong? There were definitely seven dolls though. Please help!
BarneyBarney says: I hope someone is able to help, Gill!
Posted by M on June 27, 2016
We're hosting a Famous Five picnic next week for some of our year 3s and would like any information on what best to do. I'm helping the year 3s make everything from scratch but would like anyone's information or links to make it a special day for them.
BarneyBarney says: That sounds fun! There's a forums thread here that may be of help. Googling "ginger beer" etc. will bring up recipes. I hope the children have a wonderful time!
Posted by Garrybel on June 21, 2016
The other day I got some new books by Enid Blyton. They are the Secret series. I've already read all of them! They are so good, no, awesome! My favourite has to be The Secret of Moon Castle. My heart was thumping so hard when the children were scared by the eyes that were moving in the portrait. The Secret of Killimooin was also a really good one. If I was them I would be freaked out by the strange happenings! My dad and I read all the books together and his favourite one was The Secret of Spiggy Holes. I love Enid's books and will forever!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad you enjoyed the Secret series so much. The Famous Five and Adventure series tend to receive a lot more attention but the Secret books are wonderful too - full of variety and excitement.
Posted by Diana Robilliard on June 19, 2016
I have a large hard-covered book of twelve musical plays for children by Enid Blyton. (It measures 26 x 31 x 4 cms in size.) The title is The Play's the Thing and the original music for the songs (included) is by Alec Rowley. There are 24 full page drawings by Alfred E. Bestall. The book doesn't appear to be dated but it appears to date from the 1920s or 1930s. It is published by The Home Library Book Company (George Newnes Ltd.) 67 & 68 Chandos St. W.C.2. I would like to enter this book in an Enid Blyton auction. How can I go about doing this from New Zealand? The cover is a little bit worn on the edges but the book is fully intact and in quite good condition.
BarneyBarney says: I think Trade Me is the best-known online auction site in New Zealand, Diana, but you could also try specialist children's book dealers. The Play's the Thing was first published in 1927, though I believe there was more than one edition.
Posted by Paul Austin on June 19, 2016
I wish Enid had written a follow up to Malory Towers showing Darrell and co at St Andrews. For some reason, I see Darrell as heavily involved in student politics and causes, maybe editing the student newspaper.
Posted by Garrybel on June 16, 2016
Why is your name Barney? Has it got anything to do with Enid's books? Cool name though. I know a guy called Barney who loves Enid's books! Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: My name just happens to be Barney and isn't anything to do with Enid Blyton really - though I'm pleased that I share the name with Barney the circus boy from the Barney mysteries!
Posted by Garrybel on June 15, 2016
I'm such a big fan of Enid's books. My favourites have to be the Faraway Tree series. Enid had such a creative mind! I'm glad that her books are still read by many children today!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad too! Enid Blyton also encouraged exploration and Find-Outing, so I haven't answered the nine or ten questions you've just sent in separate messages. Take a look at our Author of Adventure section and Cave of Books, and have fun discovering most of the answers yourself!
Posted by Sarah on June 15, 2016
I'm a teacher and my pupils were asked to write to their favourite author. Is there a postal address we can use to send a letter to the Enid Blyton Society please? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: You can send the letter to the address given under Subscribe By Post, Sarah. Letters are put up in the Letters from Children section of our forums.
Posted by Garrybel on June 14, 2016
Did Enid Blyton have a favourite book that she wrote? Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we don't know, though Enid Blyton said in an interview that her favourite character was George from the Famous Five series. Her favourite book as a child was The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.
Posted by Heather on June 13, 2016
I got one of your books and the pages are in the wrong order. The book is called When the Moon was Blue and Other Stories.
BarneyBarney says: I may be talented with my paws, but the books were written by Enid Blyton! Occasionally, readers do come across faulty copies. It's annoying, but if you recently bought the book you should be able to return it and get a replacement or a refund. If that's not possible, I hope at least the pages are all there so you can still read the stories - even if you have to flick through the pages at times!
Posted by Amanda Hutton on June 11, 2016
Hi Rob Houghton. Thank you so much for your reply! We have FOUR of these Survival Guides but can't seem to see what you describe. Just wondering if you have a pic of it and could send it so we know what we are looking for or at least we can print it to use as a code breaker? Either way - thanks so much again for your reply.
Posted by Tony Sismore on June 10, 2016
Hello. As an apprentice bookbinder in 1952 I was involved in the production of The Queer Adventure. This was, as I recall, a run of 500,00 books printed and bound by Staples Press Ltd. To date this book seems to have virtually disappeared. Only one or two have surfaced, usually damaged, wrapperless, dirty and torn, etc. Of 500,00 where are they all? Regards, Tony.
BarneyBarney says: How interesting to hear that you were involved in producing The Queer Adventure, Tony. There are several copies available on eBay and Amazon, but mostly without dustwrappers. I suppose they've been passed from child to child over the years so the surviving copies are bound to show signs of wear and tear. I'm not sure what you mean by 500,00 books. 50,000, perhaps?
Posted by Rob Houghton on June 8, 2016
In reply to Amanda, the 'code reader' should be attached to The Famous Five's Survival Guide like a bookmark - with a red ribbon. It's an oblong piece of card that looks like parchment with holes cut into it. If it's not anywhere in the book, it looks sadly as if it's missing from your daughter's copy. :-(
Posted by Hannah on June 6, 2016
The only ones I haven't heard of (and I love Enid Blyton and have loads - not all - of her books) are: the Barney or R mysteries and the Six Cousins books. Oh yes, and the Adventurous Four.
BarneyBarney says: The Barney mysteries are wonderful (I'm not just saying that because my name is Barney!), as are the Six Cousins books. If you manage to find copies of them (the Barney series has been out of print for some time), I'm sure you won't be disappointed! Oh yes, and the Adventurous Four books are very exciting too!
Posted by Amanda on June 5, 2016
I have a question about The Famous Five's Survival Guide. Does anyone know where to find the code reader (mentioned on page 38) that Timmy found to help read the hidden message in the Duke of Dibeltoynn's Letter (page 31)? Apparently, the code reader is "an old piece of card and is full of holes and the code reader was left among our papers." My daughter (who is 10) has searched the whole book and can't find it. Thanks.
Posted by Jafta on June 2, 2016
I have quite a few Famous Fives including first editions & 10 Secret Sevens 1960s in great condition. Some on eBay now, 222135935609. See other items. Combined shipping is the best way to buy.