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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!
Posted by Tonya on January 26, 2015
Hi, does anyone know the title of the story or name and year of the book that had a queen who lost weight by doing exercises to a radio that someone hid behind a curtain in her bedroom? (Well, I think that's how it goes according to my childhood memory!) Many thanks.
Posted by Courtney Binda on January 14, 2015
I read this as a schoolboy in Jamaica. In which of Enid's books can I find this? See below - I remember calling it 'The Shepherd': "I know a man who's old and wise,/ He reads the wind and reads the skies,/ He knows when storms will plough his way,/ He knows what rain will fall each day./ He will take you where the primrose shines,/ He knows the early celandines,/ He names each bird that by him flies,/ His eyes are very blue and wise./ All day and night he tends the sheep,/ He hears them bleating in his sleep,/ There's not a lamb upon the farm/ He hasn't carried in his arm./ I wish I knew the things he knows,/ The night time skies, the wind that blows,/ The singing of birds, the bleating cries -/ I wish I were a shepherd wise."
BarneyBarney says: You've remembered the poem almost word for word, Courtney! Very impressive. I've added slashes to mark the ends of the lines, because the Message Board format turns messages into one paragraph. The poem is indeed called 'The Shepherd'. It appeared in The Enid Blyton Poetry Book (Methuen 1934) and was reprinted in other collections. If you click on "Cave of Books" and put 'The Shepherd' into "Search the database...", you can see what books it was in.
Posted by Paul on January 11, 2015
Hi Barney. Someone has made themselves a Facebook profile under the name "Angela Favorleigh". They'll have a bit of trouble if they want to pass themselves off as a real person, as most of the Google results on the first page are related to the St Clare's character.
BarneyBarney says: I'm not really a Facebook dog, though I often have my face buried in a book!
Posted by Sudarshan on January 10, 2015
Thanks for your offer of help Aminmec, but I'm not sure of how to message through the forums. I think Barney can guide me through this.
BarneyBarney says: You need to register to use the forums, Sudarshan. Registration is free of charge - scroll to the bottom of this page and click on "join in" to see what to do. Aminmec is registered as "Aminmec", and if you look at one of his posts on the forums you can see a "PM" symbol beneath his name. Click on that to send him a private message. Please let me know if you have any further problems.
Posted by Melody on January 10, 2015
Hey Barney, can you tell me how to be successful in every Enid Blyton monthly quiz?
BarneyBarney says: Read nothing but Enid Blyton books (and books about Enid Blyton) morning, noon and night!
Posted by Paul on January 7, 2015
Did Gillian ever write memoirs, like Imogen did?
BarneyBarney says: Gillian Baverstock didn't write a detailed book about her life with Enid Blyton, as Imogen Smallwood did, but she did write two short books for children about her mother's life and work: Tell Me About Writers - Enid Blyton (Evans Brothers, 1997) and Gillian Baverstock Remembers Enid Blyton (Telling Tales series, Mammoth, 2000).
Posted by Shruti on January 6, 2015
Finally after a long time, I got an Enid Blyton book - The Wishing-Chair Again. It's been a year since I read any and I had almost given up hope of finding any in the used shops again.
BarneyBarney says: I bet your tail is wagging nineteen to the dozen, Shruti! Enjoy the book - it's a good'un!
Posted by Farwa on January 4, 2015
Thank you for your reply, Barney - I'll check those stories out!
BarneyBarney says: Happy Reading, Farwa!
Posted by The Biggest Fan on January 3, 2015
Hi Barney, a big juicy bone and a nice bowl of water for you! I have over 200 Enid Blyton books. What kind of dog are you?
BarneyBarney says: A wuff of thanks to you! I'm a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and some people describe me as a bit of a wag. You're lucky to have such a large collection of Enid Blyton books.
Posted by Enid's Biggest Fan on January 3, 2015
Enid Blyton's books are the best! Who agrees with me? Nothing's better than reading one of her books! My favourite book of hers is Goodbye Malory Towers.
BarneyBarney says: I'm sure many here would agree that Enid Blyton is one of the best authors, but Goodbye Malory Towers is a follow-on book written in 2009 by Pamela Cox!
Posted by Ana Asif on January 2, 2015
Oops, I'm late! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Another year for our favourite website and doggie! Yay! I hope 2015 is another AMAZING year for the Enid Blyton Society! Rest in peace forever, Enid!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Ana! I've been enjoying festive games of 'Chase My Tail', 'Hunt the Bone' and 'Chew the Bounce out of the Rubber Ball'. I expect you play rather different games, but I hope you've been having fun anyway! Happy New Year to you and to all Blyton fans!
Posted by Susan Webster on January 2, 2015
Hi, Happy New Year. I hope it will be a good one for Blyton fans this year. You can join the Famous Five Club and the Secret Seven Club on the forums if you like. No charge.
BarneyBarney says: A wag of the tail and a Happy New Year to you, Sue!
Posted by Farwa on January 1, 2015
Hi! A very Happy New Year to all! I wonder what Enid would have written for this occasion?
BarneyBarney says: Happy New Year to you Farwa, and to all who visit the website! Enid Blyton wrote a number of stories about the New Year, including 'New Year's Party', 'One New Year's Eve', "Father Time and His Pattern Book' and 'Mr. Twiddle Forgets'. She said in letters to her readers that she made the same resolution each New Year - "to be kind".
Posted by Becky on January 1, 2015
Anyone got old Jack and Jill annuals? I only want a picture of one of the elves in an annual. Maybe 1958 or around that time. The elf was called Daffy and lived in a tree trunk. If anyone can help I would be eternally grateful.
Posted by JJays on January 1, 2015
Hi, it's JJays. Hey, was the 1970s Famous Five TV show made in German? Thanks, J.
BarneyBarney says: No, the 1970s Famous Five TV show was made in English but it was also shown in Germany with German dubbing.
Posted by Aminmec on December 30, 2014
Hello Sudarshan, I can help you with information on where you can seek out Famous Five continuation stories as I am from the same city. You can message me through the forums.
Posted by Sudarshan on December 29, 2014
Are the continuation series of the Five Find-Outers and Famous Five available in Bangalore, India?
BarneyBarney says: I'm not aware of any Find-Outers continuation books except the excellent ones on our website by Trevor Bolton, Robert Houghton and Julie Heginbotham. They're in our Secret Passage and they're available to Society members only. We also have continuation books for the Famous Five and other series. Claude Voilier wrote Famous Five continuation books in French in the 1970s and 18 of them were translated into English in the 1980s, but they haven't been in print for years. They may be available second-hand though. Try checking sites like Navrang (I'm not sure whether they sell second-hand books or not), Amazon and eBay (or Indian equivalents).
Posted by Charles Sarland on December 28, 2014
Can anyone tell me about how to ensure that I am buying original texts, not ones that have been 'corrected' for political and other reasons? I have just bought a Hodder paperback '70th Anniversary Edition' of Five on a Treasure Island. Have they gone back to the original texts - after all they published the books originally? Alternatively can anyone tell me where I can go to get the original texts? I'm not bothered about the condition of the books, and I'm certainly not looking for first editions or anything like that, but I would like to know that I am reading the actual words that Enid Blyton wrote.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid the 70th Anniversary Editions of the Famous Five books haven't gone back to the original text, Charles. They have the 1997 text, which contains many changes (though not as many as the 2010 text). Even the Famous Five paperbacks of the late 1960s and early 1970s had a few edits. In order to have the original text, I think (and even then I'm not 100% sure) that you should be all right with hardbacks dating from before 1965. Therefore, you'd be looking at buying them second-hand from bookshops or online sellers.
Posted by The Biggest Fan on December 27, 2014
Hi, I am afraid I don't know who you are, Barney, did you appear in one of Enid Blyton's books that I haven't read? But, it's very nice to meet you! I am a big fan of Enid Blyton's books, especially the Naughtiest Girl and the Famous Five series. I was wondering if you could recommend me some books to read, as I really don't know what other books I could read. I have read all of the Amelia-Jane, Secret Seven, Famous Five and Naughtiest Girl series, and I just wondered if you could recommend me any more? Thanks a lot Barney, hope to hear from you soon!
BarneyBarney says: I'm a real dog so you won't find me in an Enid Blyton book! However, I do share a name with Barney the circus-boy from the Barney Mysteries. If you enjoyed the Naughtiest Girl series, you might like the Malory Towers and St. Clare's books which are also about boarding-schools. Other adventure and mystery series which many Famous Five and Secret Seven fans enjoy are the Adventure, Find-Outers, Secret and Barney series. Other stories which are humorous like the Amelia Jane books include the tales of Mister Meddle and Mr. Twiddle. Take a look at our series buttons (above this Message Board) for further inspiration.
Posted by Anneysha on December 24, 2014
Wish you a Merry Christmas Barney! How will you celebrate Christmas this year?
BarneyBarney says: Merry Christmas, Anneysha. If it were open on Christmas Day, I wouldn't mind eating out here!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on December 24, 2014
Hi, seeing you after a long time. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Has Enid Blyton written any book on Christmas?
BarneyBarney says: Happy Christmas, Rupsa! Yes, Enid Blyton wrote The Christmas Book, The First Christmas, Noddy Meets Father Christmas, Father Christmas and Belinda and several more. Try doing a search on "Christmas" in the Cave of Books.
Posted by Yets Lobs on December 24, 2014
I'm looking for access to Enid Blyton's books that I grew up on, particularly the Hamlyn Bumblebee books. Will I get access to all these books and more if I subscribe or do I have to buy her books? If so where can I buy her collections please?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we're unable to give people access to Enid Blyton books, Yets Lobs - they're still under copyright. You could look for second-hand copies of the Hamlyn Bumblebee books on sites like eBay, Amazon and Abebooks, though some titles are harder to find than others. Good luck with your search.
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on December 24, 2014
I too would like to wish all the Society members a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year to all. Thank you, to you too, Barney, for all the hard work you do all through the year posting our messages.
BarneyBarney says: A big wuff of thanks, Julie! Thank you too for the lovely Find-Outers Continuation Books you've written for our labyrinthine Secret Passage. It's marvellous to read fresh mysteries involving the Fine-Doubters and - last but certainly not least! - Dog.
Posted by Trevor J Bolton on December 23, 2014
I should like to wish my fellow Society members a cheerful, Blytonian Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. Tim hopes you'll receive a nice, juicy bone, Barney.
BarneyBarney says: A friendly wuff and a wag of the tail for you and Tim, Trevor. Thank you very much indeed for the wonderful Continuation Books you've written for our Secret Passage. I know they bring joy to many readers. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015!
Posted by Ana on December 23, 2014
Oh oh! Hello there and a very, very Merry Christmas to you, Barney! I can't believe it's almost 2015! This year just...flew by! How long ago was it that I wished you a Happy New Year 2014? :) This will be my 5th or 6th year at this awesome website! Barney, do you know about Wattpad? I recommend the website strongly, it's a website where you can write your own book and read tons of other people's books! Some of the 14-year-olds' books are so greatly written, seems like a grown, experienced author writing sometimes! And Barney, did you do anything for NaNoWriMo? I took part in Wattpad's #JWI, to write a 50,000 word novel in 31 days. I'm panicking right now because I've barely done 2000! My computer was locked all this month and I couldn't work at it. I have the plot and everything of the story ready though. This time I'm going for something different, it's about a plane that gets hijacked. What do you think? But there are only maybe 8 days of the year left, and I can't finish a 50,000 word novel in 8 days! Well, I might be able to, if I work with full dedication every second of my free time... Any advice from the dog that reads his tail off? :)
BarneyBarney says: Hello, Ana, and Merry Christmas! Good luck with your book! The advice Enid Blyton gives in The Story of My Life to children who want to write is: "Fill your mind with all kinds of interesting things — the more you have in it, the more will come out of it. Nothing ever comes out of your mind that hasn't already been put into it in some form or other. It may come out changed, re-arranged, polished, shining, almost unrecognizable—but nevertheless it was you who put it there first of all. Your thoughts, your actions, your reading, your sense of humour, everything gets packed into your mind, and if you have an imagination, what a wonderful assortment it will have to choose from!"
Posted by Maria on December 23, 2014
I recently rediscovered Enid Blyton after reading her as a child, and coming back to the books as an adult has left me with mixed feelings. As an American, I don't know whether or not to laugh or be offended by her often unrealistic and unflattering betrayal of Americans in her books, and I certainly don't agree with the concept that wearing makeup makes a girl phony and stupid. However, I choose to take it light-heartedly as the rest is so good, and I can't wait to share these innocent and heart-warming stories with my own children.
BarneyBarney says: Did you mean "betrayal" or "portrayal", Maria? Unfortunately, Enid Blyton did rely on stereotypes to some extent when describing characters from other countries. Nevertheless, Zerelda Brass in Third Year at Malory Towers is a friendly, warm-hearted girl and readers are left with a good impression of her by the end of the book. Have you ever read The Queen Elizabeth Family, in which three children and their parents go on a trip to the USA? Americans are portrayed much more positively in that book.
Posted by Karen on December 22, 2014
Does anyone know which of the Mary Mouse books includes the line "'What?' roared Daddy Doll" and Teddy the Bear eating too much so that he bursts the buttons of his waistcoat?
BarneyBarney says: I don't recognise the line from Daddy Doll, but The Adventures of Mary Mouse (Hachette, 1991) has a story called 'Melia's Birthday Party' in which "Teddy the Bear ate sixteen cakes, fourteen sandwiches and two jellies. His tummy got so fat that a button popped right off his new coat." That story must have appeared in one of the original Mary Mouse strip books - perhaps someone else will be able to say which one.
Posted by Pearl on December 20, 2014
This is a really good website.
BarneyBarney says: A wuff of thanks to you, Pearl.
Posted by Anneysha on December 19, 2014
Barney, Do you know that my show in school was a huge success? I had learnt English usage just because of Enid Blyton. I used her ideas in my role play and my group was awarded full marks. That's the reason I am a fan of Enid Blyton. Barney, could you tell me about some mysteries you were involved in? Can you recommend me the best adventure of your series? I'm new to the Barney series and I want to read a book this Christmas. Could you also tell me the seller? A juicy and meaty bone just for you!
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad your show was a success, Anneysha. I'm not actually in an Enid Blyton series - I'm a real dog! The Barney Mysteries are called that because they feature a circus-boy named Barney. They're marvellous adventure/mystery stories and they're best read in order, starting with The Rockingdown Mystery which is a great book, full of atmosphere. Regarding sellers, you could try bookshops or order from an online seller. Thank you for the bone.
Posted by Naphtali Ivan on December 17, 2014
Hi, I am Naphtali Ivan, 16 years old, from Indonesia. I have been a director of SUNU THE MOVIE, which will be launched next year. We made the movie by ourselves, all kids, 13-18 years old. We also did fundraising to fulfill our production costs. Now our community has been acknowledged by the government because we could create many young entrepreneurs. Well, any possibility for us to use the story of Enid Blyton as our idea for our next movie? We plan to kick off by early January 2015. We plan to make this movie using English while all talent/actresses and actors are Indonesian and we will make it to international standard. Any idea how can I get permission? Please guide me to somebody who could help me with permission, legal matters, etc. Hopefully I will have a good response in a couple days. Thanks and regards, Naphtali Ivan #sineasmuda_id +6283873231856.
BarneyBarney says: You need to contact Hachette UK, Naphtali, as they own the Enid Blyton copyright.
Posted by Adam Bartoš on December 16, 2014
Thank you for your previous answer. ; ) I still ask where the stories of a series Adventure series? I think states or countries.
BarneyBarney says: Do you mean you'd like to know where the stories in the Adventure series are set? They take place in different countries or regions - England, Scotland, Wales, Austria, Greece, the Middle East and a fictional country called Tauri-Hessia.
Posted by Adam Bartoš on December 15, 2014
Hi Barney! Is there any map of Peterswood?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid not, Adam. I'm not even sure whether Enid Blyton's description of the village and its buildings is consistent from book to book. However, some aspects of Peterswood are thought to have been influenced by Bourne End in Buckinghamshire, where Enid Blyton lived from 1929-1938.
Posted by Anneysha on December 14, 2014
I need to exhibit my favorite author's work in my school. Barney, could you suggest me the best book I can write about? A meaty and juicy bone for you in return for the favor.
BarneyBarney says: The best book to choose would be one that you like and know well, Anneysha! Then your enthusiasm will come through. If you have several favourites, choose one that has a meaty story (as meaty as the meaty bone!) because then you'll have plenty to say about it. Books which receive a lot of praise from fans include The Valley of Adventure, The Six Bad Boys, The Enchanted Wood, Five Go to Smuggler's Top and The Rubadub Mystery, but the important thing is to choose a title that means something to you. Good luck!
Posted by Lizzy on December 13, 2014
I love Bimbo and Topsy because I love cats and dogs.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's canine characters are some of her most intelligent, brave and lovable creations!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on December 12, 2014
Hi, I'm currently reading Good Work Secret Seven. By the way, are there any shops which sell Blyton merchandise in Kolkata, India ?
BarneyBarney says: Maybe someone reading this will be able to advise you, Rupsa, but you could try a spot of Googling.
Posted by Val on December 12, 2014
I am searching for a full page picture of Daffy the elf who lived in a tree trunk and is cooking a stew in his saucepan. Can anyone help me and tell me what book he was in? I think it was Jack and Jill. Where can I find the picture please?
BarneyBarney says: If you look in the Cave of Books you'll see three books called Jack and Jill All Colour Gift Book (numbers 1 - 3). Otherwise, you're probably thinking of one of the Jack and Jill Annuals published by Fleetway but I don't think they had any Enid Blyton content.
Posted by Tracy on December 12, 2014
Hi, just wondering whether there are any shops selling Enid Blyton products, books and merchandise, now that the one at Corfe Castle has closed. We are planning a trip in July next year, which will include Dorset and Swanage. Any recommendations for an old fan of Enid Blyton?
BarneyBarney says: I don't know of any other shops with a lot of Enid Blyton merchandise, Tracy, but if you're going in July the Ginger Pop Shop at Corfe Castle should be open - I believe it only closes for the winter. It's also closed on some Fridays in the summer.
Posted by Freda on December 11, 2014
Hi Barney, Many thanks for your prompt response to my last posting. I hadn't thought about alternative sources to try to secure back issues of The Enid Blyton Society Journal. I'll see if I can track copies down via the means you suggest. Another juicy bone on the way to you! Thanks, Freda.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Freda. I shall enjoy the bone! Good luck with your search!
Posted by Obeiwhan on December 11, 2014
My wife purchased at a book auction Noddy Hankies for the Young containing seven hankies, one for each day of the week. Can anyone tell us if this is a book or fold out card? Does it have any value? Cannot find any date. Says it was made in Northern Ireland.
BarneyBarney says: We're unable to value items but these hanky "books" (more than one existed) are very attractive. Not much is known about them, but this discussion on the forums may be of interest.
Posted by Freda on December 10, 2014
Hi Barney, I subscribe to The Enid Blyton Society Journal and have purchased as many of the back issues as are still in print and available from the Society. However, as I have only been a member for two years, it means that there are many fascinating back issues that I will never, sadly, have a chance to read due to non-availability. Accepting that some very early editions were reprinted in 2001, can I ask, please, whether any reprints of sold-out editions are scheduled at some future date? Thank you. Freda
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid there are no plans to reprint past issues at the moment, Freda, simply because there are so many of them! Sorry about that. Some people have been able to collect missing issues second-hand from eBay, Amazon or the sellers listed under Lashings of Links.
Posted by JJays on December 10, 2014
Hey Barney, How can I get the Five Find-Outers short stories? JJays
BarneyBarney says: You can get both stories ('Just a Spot of Bother!' and 'The Find-Outers and Dog Tackle the Mystery Sneak Thief') in Enid Blyton's Adventure Treasury. It's a lovely book full of exciting short stories, poems and extracts, with super illustrations in colour.
Posted by Pat on December 8, 2014
I read all her books as a child. I'm now 60 and encouraging the grandchildren to become lost in the secret lives of Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: I hope your grandchildren enjoy the books as much as you did, Pat!
Posted by Paul on December 8, 2014
How many characters of Enid's were from other parts of the UK? The O'Sullivan twins are probably Northern Irish, as would be Nora from the Naughtiest Girl series. Any Scottish or Welsh characters of note?
BarneyBarney says: There are quite a lot of Scottish and Welsh characters! Andy of the Adventurous Four books and Aily of Five Get Into a Fix spring to mind along with several others, including Morgan's seven dogs! There are so many that this would probably be a better question for the forums than the Message Board.
Posted by Farwa on December 7, 2014
Eve Bearne wrote a message related to a story whose title she cannot remember, on December 2, and since no one has been able to track the title yet and the message is going lower and lower, I suggest to her that she joins the forums on this website. There is a Book/Story Search forum there, and she has more chance of someone seeing her post and replying.
Posted by Anneysha on December 7, 2014
Can I contribute something for the Journal? Book summaries, reviews of Enid Blyton's books? I'm quite interested in this site.
BarneyBarney says: Do you subscribe to the Journal, Anneysha? It helps if you know what kinds of articles are published. You can get a general idea by clicking on the 'Fireside Journal' button and looking at the Journal Catalogue.
Posted by Val on December 6, 2014
I am searching for a full page picture of Daffy who lived in a tree trunk and is cooking a stew in his saucepan. Can anyone help me and tell me what book he was in? I think it was Jack and Jill.
Posted by Anneysha on December 6, 2014
Barney, How do I be a member here? I like this site! :)
BarneyBarney says: If you mean you'd like to join the discussion forums, click on "Join in" at the bottom of this page. You have to register, but it's free of charge. If you mean you'd like to join the Enid Blyton Society and subscribe to the Journal, click on "Join the Society" near the top of this page.