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Posted by Lawrence on November 29, 2015
What is junket and why did people eat it?
BarneyBarney says: Junket is a milk pudding made with sweetened milk and rennet. It was popular as a light dessert at the time Enid Blyton was writing - it features in her story 'Junket Through the Window'.
Posted by EB's GF on November 28, 2015
Forget it! Just forget it. But no matter how hard I try, I just cannot... Is there any way to forget this melancholy day?
BarneyBarney says: It may be the anniversary of Enid Blyton's death but we can view it as a time to celebrate her life and be grateful for all her wonderful books, rather than as a time to mourn. After all, she has left a truly astonishing legacy of stories and characters which continue to enthral children as much as they ever did. That is something to rejoice over!
Posted by Fiona on November 20, 2015
I have an Enid Blyton 1958 copy of The Folk of the Faraway Tree in excellent condition for sale. The book and dust cover are perfect except for a very small tear of 1cm and minimal creasing on the front top dust cover. The pages are slightly yellowed and showing signs of minimal use, no broken spines or loose or torn pages. The illustrations are by Dorothy M. Wheeler, there are 26 chapters and the children's names are Jo, Bessie and Fanny. I also have a 1958 copy of The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat illustrated by J. Abbey also in outstanding condition. No tears or creases in the book or cover, slightly yellowed pages in unused condition. There are 22 chapters and the children's names are Larry, Daisy, Fatty, Pip and Bets, with Buster the dog and Clear-Orf (the village policeman). These are genuine old books found in the attic of an old house amongst other 1950 books. Please contact or +44 07525 865165 for photos and prices.
Posted by Richard Frost on November 18, 2015
For sale: painting by Frederick Cockerton, illustrator of Sunny Stories No.45,170,179. Title of the painting, The Canterbury Pilgrims. Oil on board, 174mm x 41mm. Barney is in the painting, 02380462643.
Posted by Kirsty on November 17, 2015
Hi, I am looking to purchase The Magic Faraway Tree book for my daughter for Christmas. I have ordered three so far and all three have either got chapters missing or names changed. I have found pre 1971 editions starting from 59. I am wondering is this around the going rate now?! Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Early editions are expensive, but you should be okay with most editions from the 1970s and 1980s unless you want the original Dorothy Wheeler illustrations. Avoid 3-in-1 volumes as they're often abridged, and before buying check with the seller whether the three main children have their original names of Jo, Bessie and Fanny (NOT Joe, Beth and Frannie). You could also ask how many chapters the book contains. Good luck with finding a copy!
Posted by C.elms on November 17, 2015
My mother used to live in Kampala, Uganda, as a child and for some reason heard a rumour that Enid Blyton had passed away and decided to write to her to enquire if the rumour was true. She was delighted to receive a postcard from her confirming that at the time she was alive and well. I thought I would share this with you as this is a quaint and unusual story. I believe she still has the postcard. Apologies for sounding materialistic but would this have any value?
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid we're unable to value items, but it's a great story!
Posted by Jill Gibb on November 14, 2015
Did anyone see a recent Antiques Roadshow when a set of Famous Five books [hardbacks, original editions] were valued? I nearly fell off my chair!
BarneyBarney says: There's a forums thread about the programme here.
Posted by Ukemsie on November 12, 2015
Hi, please can you recommend which versions of the Faraway Tree stories I can buy that are unabridged and with original illustrations? All the recent books available on Amazon get pretty poor reviews for these reasons. Many thanks, E.
BarneyBarney says: To get the original Dorothy Wheeler illustrations, you'd need to look for Newnes copies dating from before 1971. Some later editions still have the original text but different illustrations.
Posted by Sue Webster on November 12, 2015
Hi, just letting you know that there's a big bird festival - mainly waders - being held at Thurstaston Country Park on Saturday in the Wirral. I'm on a stall called Wader Quest and it would be great to see any Enid Blyton fans. I'll be wearing my Famous Five Club and Secret Seven badges plus an Enid Blyton Club one too. You can easily spot me and come and say hi. It should be good with plenty to see and do plus plenty of wading birds. I've just finished reading Five on Finniston Farm - brilliant and funny too. What books do other readers like? So many books - I don't know what to read next!
BarneyBarney says: Have a great day on Saturday, Sue! Perhaps you could read Enid Blyton's The Bird Book!
Posted by Vic on November 11, 2015
Hi there. Just wanted to find out if plaster clocks were made in the 30s/40s/50s depicting characters from Enid Blyton's novels, especially a little girl and Scottie dog? I have a clock that looks very much like this and wondered if these were made for children at that time? Thanks for your help.
BarneyBarney says: There were Sculptorcraft sets enabling children to make plaster models of Noddy and a few other characters, but I haven't heard of Blyton-themed plaster clocks.
Posted by J. Tattersall on November 7, 2015
I have an original - from 1953 when I first visited Bekonscot Model Village in Beaconsfield - booklet of photographs in sepia tint. Inside the front cover is a photo of the then Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose with their grandmother Queen Mary visiting Bekonscot. Above the title is an Enid Blyton autograph in blue ink and a record of royal visits. This is followed by a short story - 'The Enchanted Village'. Would anyone like to buy this?
BarneyBarney says: The contact email doesn't show up in the message, so I'll put it here:
Posted by Liz on November 1, 2015
Enid Blyton helped me through wartime and post wartime childhood. She is the all time great children's author, sheer magic. Sorry to read she had Alzheimer's. An absolute magician, just forget the p/c rubbish written about her. Liz
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton certainly suffered from some form of dementia, but it's believed that it wasn't Alzheimer's.
Posted by Mel on November 1, 2015
Hello there, I'm wondering if anyone can help. I was hoping to use a portion of an illustration on the cover of one of Enid Blyton's books for a creative use in a logo. Do you know if I need permission from somewhere or is copyright expired?
BarneyBarney says: Hachette UK own the copyright, Mel, so you'd need to check with them. If it's a Noddy cover, the copyright to Noddy is owned separately by DreamWorks Animation so they would be the people to contact.
Posted by Bob Beetles on October 31, 2015
I have an Enid Blyton book titled Bedtime Story Book, published in 1984 by Dragon, with pictures of elves in a bedroom on the cover. I have done some research on this item to no avail. Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Although we try to include in our Cave of Books all the books that were published during Enid Blyton's lifetime, I'm afraid we don't have every volume published after her death as there have been so many reprints of the various titles, and numerous arrangements of the short stories. It's impossible to keep up with every single one!
Posted by Anonymous on October 31, 2015
TG you are a star!! Thank you so much, I have just found a copy on eBay for 5, you cannot believe how excited I am :)
BarneyBarney says: I don't know whether you're Lorraine or Margs, but I'm delighted that you've found a copy!
Posted by TG on October 30, 2015
Margs and Lorraine got the words of the Noddy quote spot on with one tiny exception: Instead of "I am cleaning my car... I am glad you are mine!" it goes "I'm cleaning my car... I'm GLAD you are mine!" Such a minuscule error will in no way be reported to the 'Enid Blyton Literary Society Standards Authority.' The volume isn't 'pop-up' but one of the 'Nursery Colour Picture' books entitled A Day With Noddy, but as so much reprinting of the Enid Blyton works has taken place it might well have appeared in other formats. Copies should be available and a book that fulfils a nostalgic urge is well worth the investment, but be wary. The Noddys can differ enormously in cover and content, so for reference purposes the specific example has a cover picture that features Noddy in his car with an elephant. However a forensic examination hints at the pachyderm being 'outside' the car, BUT he has one of his legs (arms?) around Noddy's shoulders, so I think we may have an optical illusion to contemplate. Actually I think he's probably meant to be 'in' the car. Purchasing the item may depend on how much the book is sought after and it may be preferable to look in one's own country so as to save on postage. I'd pay 15+ or perhaps a little more for a reasonable copy and would have to really 'really' want it before shelling out more. On the plus side, there are plenty of colourful pictures, typical Noddy action in abundance, and I'm sure a small child would love to have the story related at bedtime. As the stated recollection of the opening is so accurate, and seeing the word count is only about 350, perhaps the entire script (with pictures) has already been memorized by the enquirers.
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for the information, TG!
Posted by Margs on October 28, 2015
Hi Lorraine, I too am trying to track the book with the quote "I am cleaning my car and making it shine, oh dear little car I am glad you are mine"! It started, "It's time to get up, I must jump out of bed and put my blue hat on my nid-nodding head." I had the book as a child. It was a pop-up book and would have been very late 50s. If you do manage to track it down would you please let me know what it is called as I would love to know? x
BarneyBarney says: I hope that someone reading this is able to identify the book. Best of luck with hunting it down, Lorraine and Margs.
Posted by Joan Brown on October 24, 2015
As a child in the 1960s, I had an Enid Blyton book of fairy stories that had a story about naughty elves causing the washing to fall into the mud "with a flip and a flop and a terrible thud". We quoted that line a few times when we looked at mum's washing. Now I wonder what the rest of the story was.
Posted by Lorraine on October 23, 2015
Can anyone tell me which Noddy book has the quote "I am cleaning my car and making it shine, oh dear little car I am glad you are mine"? Thank you.
Posted by Jane Sutcliffe on October 21, 2015
I am trying to track down in which book 'Walter Hottle Bottle' appears. My sister and I are in our 50s but still call a hot water bottle a 'Walter'! I would love to buy her a copy for Christmas and would welcome any help that can be offered.
BarneyBarney says: Walter Hottle Bottle isn't an Enid Blyton character, but you and your sister may remember him from Jack and Jill annuals and comics dating from the late 1960s - mid 1970s. Walter Hottle Bottle was a hot water bottle belonging to a boy named Charles, and he would take Charles on amazing adventures at night.
Posted by Linda on October 20, 2015
I think that Enid Blyton could have been inspired by the author Joy Francis who wrote similar books (e.g The Greystone Girls, Patsy at St. Anne's etc.) in the 1930s.
BarneyBarney says: Lots of children's authors were writing school, adventure and family stories at around that time - Angela Brazil, Elinor Brent-Dyer, Arthur Ransome, Gwendoline Courtney and Noel Streatfeild to name but a few. Enid Blyton was one among many, but her books have stood the test of time more than most!
Posted by Lauren on October 20, 2015
Hi, My 8 year old son loves the Famous Five and we have the stories on audio CD which he listens to every night. I would love to get The Mystery Series on audio download or CD but can't find them anywhere. Can anyone help please?
BarneyBarney says: If you look in our Audio Section you'll see that only a few of the Mystery stories were recorded, Lauren. You'd need to look for them second-hand on sites like eBay, though they may not be very easy to find. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Anonymous on October 18, 2015
Please email objecting to application 15/01880/FUL for block of flats in characterful locality of Enid Blyton's former house. Don't let this lovely area be destroyed. Please support us.
BarneyBarney says: I believe the house under threat is Northfields House, number 40, Penn Road, which was next door to Enid Blyton's house, Green Hedges. Planners want to build apartments on the plot.
Posted by George on October 14, 2015
Hi, I have an item that members may be interested in and that is a 1950s issue of The Faraway Tree CARD GAME and is on a well known auction site under category Books, comics, mags, children's fiction. George
Posted by Norman on October 10, 2015
Are there any new copies of Mr. Pink-Whistle available?
BarneyBarney says: Yes, the Mr. Pink-Whistle books are in print, published by Bounty. However, not many shops stock Bounty books so you might want to look online on sites like Amazon.
Posted by Sudhir Kumar Sahu on October 9, 2015
Dear Sir/Mam, I am a fan of the writings of Enid Blyton. I think Hindi translations of Blyton's books should be made available to the large Hindi-speaking population of India and abroad. I am interested in doing so if paid for it. I am a Hindi writer and poet and have been doing English to Hindi translation jobs for the last 13 years or more. I will appreciate any reply in this regard from anyone. Thank you. Sudhir Sahu 919748006526,
BarneyBarney says: I'm definitely a Sir Barney! You'd need to approach Hachette Books about doing translations, as they own the copyright for everything except Noddy. The Noddy copyright is owned by DreamWorks Animation. It's possible that some Enid Blyton books are available in Hindi already - or have been in the past.
Posted by Linda on October 9, 2015
Does anyone remember a story which had a lady named AUNTIE CARRIE and a baby named THE BUNDLE?
Posted by Julie@owlsdene on October 7, 2015
Why would Enid want to mention that in a book for children, Karen? Too much information for me, and not really relevant to the story in my eyes.
Posted by Karen on October 3, 2015
Am I the only one who used to take issue with the fact that while the Famous Five stocked up on food (usually apples, sandwiches made by the cook, a pie or two, cake and ginger beer), and a few spare jumpers when they were going to stay for a week on Kirrin Island, they never ever took a shovel or any toilet roll?
Posted by Lynne Evans on September 26, 2015
Was there an actual house that inspired Greylings Manor in The Treasure Hunters?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote at speed, and sometimes it was only after she'd finished a book that she realised that certain features of places known to her had woven their way into the fabric of the story - altered, of course, to fit the narrative. When she was in her late teens/twenties, she used to go and stay with the Hunt family at Seckford Hall, a fifteenth-century mansion in Woodbridge, Suffolk. The building was part-ruined but the Hunt family rented a portion of it and ran a farm. There was a "haunted" bedroom, a secret passage, a decaying banqueting hall, farm animals and beautiful countryside, so Enid would have been in her element. No one knows whether Seckford Hall might have inspired Greylings Manor, but she must surely have had it at the back of her mind when describing old houses and mansions in a number of her stories.
Posted by Jay on September 22, 2015
I read a short story with a Barney, a dog, in it. Thanks, Jay.
Posted by Jay on September 21, 2015
Hey Barney, I am getting a dog soon. Do you have any good dogs' names from Enid Blyton books? Jay. P.S. I have got Buster, Timmy, Scamper and Barney.
BarneyBarney says: Did Enid Blyton write about a dog called Barney? I can only recall Barney the circus-boy. There are plenty of names listed here, though one or two of them wouldn't be considered appropriate these days.
Posted by Lydia on September 18, 2015
Hello, I am looking for the 1983 edition of The Folk of the Faraway Tree illustrated by Georgina Hargreaves. Does anyone know where I can order it from? I grew up with those pictures and I want my baby to grow up with those pictures too.
BarneyBarney says: That version of The Folk of the Faraway Tree has been reprinted many times, so it shouldn't be difficult to find a copy. Georgina Hargreaves also illustrated The Magic Faraway Tree. In the same set is The Enchanted Wood with illustrations by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. You could try eBay, Abebooks or the sellers we list under Lashings of Links. A word of warning - in some of the later editions the children's names have been changed to Joe, Beth and Frannie, and Dame Slap has become Dame Snap. Before buying, check that the children are called Jo, Bessie and Fanny.
Posted by Karen on September 17, 2015
Harry Potter fans talk about Hogwarts always welcoming you home whenever you come back to Harry Potter after drifting away. I'd like to think the same of Enid's worlds and readers coming back to them.
BarneyBarney says: Yes, it's lovely how everything in the books is just the same as it always was, immediately drawing you back into the beloved and comforting atmosphere. The mysteries remain as juicy as ever, and so do the bones!
Posted by Sue on September 17, 2015
Hi Philippa, 'Percival Peeps' is by Mabel Lucie Attwell, remember it well! It is in Lucie Attwell's I'll Tell You A Tale, 1966. My daughter loved it at the time!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks very much, Sue! It always puts a wag in my tail to see mysteries solved!
Posted by Alison Elliott on September 16, 2015
I am looking for an old Enid Blyton book of short stories that were read to my brother and me when little. I remember some of the stories, there was 'The Little Lucky Man', 'Spinky Got a Spanky', 'The Little Chatterbox', a story about a man getting a carrot, rabbit, fox etc. across the water, another one about an elephant ornament who got his trunk and tail stuck on wrong. Please can you help me source this old book? I would very much like to obtain a copy and if possible two copies.
BarneyBarney says: It's most likely The Eighth Holiday Book, Alison. The story about the man getting animals etc. across the water is 'Think Hard, Boatman' and the one about the elephant ornament is 'It Serves You Right, Jumbo'. Good luck with obtaining a copy. Abebooks or eBay are good sources.
Posted by Cheryl on September 15, 2015
Hi, For years I've been trying to recall a book or books that I would have had in the early 1980s... it/they had a number of stories in. I seem to remember a hardback book with one story about a little boy who wanted to play cricket in the park but had to look after his little sister. He went to play cricket anyway and lost the sister for a time and finally found her eating an ice cream bought by a kindly stranger. Another story involved someone (a parent) changing a clock because the child wouldn't get up/be on time. Another story involved two children who would throw their junket dessert out of the window. The final story, which may not have been in the same book, was about a greedy boy who would always take second helpings, and was whisked away to a land where all there was to eat was chocolate cake and treacle tart/pudding and once he was thoroughly sick of it and promised not to be greedy, returned home and to everyone's astonishment, didn't want any more pudding ever again. Any ideas much appreciated. Thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm pretty sure that three of the stories are 'His Little Sister' (about the boy playing cricket in the park), 'Junket Through the Window' (about two children throwing their dessert out of the window) and 'Treacle-Pudding Town' (about the greedy boy). I also remember a story about a parent changing a clock, but it might not be the one you're thinking of. It's called 'What Happened to the Clock?' Mother alters the clock to make her children go to bed early, because the night before they had altered the clock to give themselves an extra hour to play. These stories have appeared in various collections. If you put the titles into the "Search the database..." box in the Cave of Books, you'll be able to see what books they were in.
Posted by Philippa on September 14, 2015
I am trying to find a book containing the poem "Percival Peeps". It starts ... "This is the story of Percival Peeps who wanted so badly a fairy for keeps, that he got out of bed one fine summer night to look for the creatures by pale moonlight." Can anyone help please?
Posted by Naz on September 14, 2015
Hi there, I have been trying for years to remember the name of a Blyton short story that had a big impact on me when I was young. It was about a boy who wanted to earn money and offered to do jobs for an old man, including cleaning some garden pots in the shed. He didn't clean them all - was lazy. When he told the man he was finished and asked for money he was caught out as it was hidden in the bottom pots etc and showed that he wasn't being honest or trying his best. Any idea of the name of the story for me to try and find the book for my own children now? (:
BarneyBarney says: I believe the story you're looking for is 'Tom the Scout-Cub', which can be found in Tales at Bedtime. I hope your children enjoy the story as much as you did, Naz.
Posted by Fattyindisguise on September 6, 2015
Are the Famous Five series the only books that were turned into shows that didn't have many changes? And if there were others that don't have many changes from the books can you still get them on DVD?
BarneyBarney says: There's a discussion about Blyton-related shows here, but I think they all had quite a few changes.
Posted by Fattyindisguise on September 3, 2015
Is there possibly a Five Find-Outers and Dog mysteries show because I don't think there is? Is there a reason why the mysteries collection (Five Find-Outers) only has 15 books and the Famous Five has lots more?
BarneyBarney says: There was a Japanese Five Find-Outers TV show back in the 1960s-70s, but the tapes were wiped. In answer to your second question, I can only guess that Enid Blyton had more ideas for Famous Five stories - or that more readers asked for them!
Posted by Christopher on September 3, 2015
I am keen to obtain the Famous Five Kirrin Island Treasure Quest board game. Does anyone have one that they would be prepared to sell?
BarneyBarney says: Your request might get more views if you put it in the "Wanted" section of our forums, Christopher.
Posted by Spoony on September 1, 2015
There appears to be no mention of a book I have had all my life, is it political correctness that I cannot find it under its published title? Yes, it's written by Enid Blyton. It's a wonderful story. What's it called? All Aboard for Adventure.
BarneyBarney says: An interesting title. Was the book published during Enid Blyton's lifetime? Many stories have been re-released in different formats since she died, and sometimes with different titles. Not all of these are currently in our Cave of Books.
Posted by Anita on August 30, 2015
In answer to Tracey (August 23rd) the poem about the policeman and the Queen of Fairyland is 'The Kind Policeman'. It has seven verses and it begins: "I watched a tall blue policeman stand/In Oxford Street and wave his hand,/And all the buses stopped and stood/Behind his back, quite still and good."
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Anita. 'The Kind Policeman' can be found in these books. Regarding The Enid Blyton Book of Fairies, it's possible that the poem is only in the 1924 edition. It's certainly not in the editions from 1967 onwards.
Posted by Samantha on August 30, 2015
Hello Barney, I was just wondering if you could give me an update on the status of the copyright for The Magic Faraway Tree? Is it in the public domain?
BarneyBarney says: Copyright lasts until 70 years after an author's death, Samantha, so Enid Blyton's books will remain under copyright until the end of 2038.
Posted by Devangana on August 29, 2015
After reading an Enid Blyton book I'm just lost in my own world. I am her true fan.
Posted by Wendy on August 23, 2015
Just found our old copy of the 15th tell a story series. This has two religious stories 'The Tale of the Fisherman' and 'The Good Samaritan'. Just wondering why they are not listed in the contents in the copy you show on the site ?
BarneyBarney says: A few of the things in books published by World Distributors were not written by Enid Blyton, and as there is doubt about these two stories they were left out of the contents listing.
Posted by Tracey on August 23, 2015
We are looking for a poem, about a tall blue policeman in Oxford Street and a fairy queen, which my gran read when she was a child in the 1930's. We believe it was written by Enid Blyton; she obtained the book by collecting tokens from a newspaper but has since lost it. Can you help? We think it had red writing and a rabbit with a flower on the front.
BarneyBarney says: I hope that this might ring bells for someone reading your message, Tracey.
Posted by Jay on August 22, 2015
Dear Barney, Could you please help me? At school there will be a Book Character Dress Up Day. What would be good clothing do you think? Thanks, Jay.
BarneyBarney says: I've heard of people dressing up successfully as the Saucepan Man, Silky or Dame Washalot from the Faraway Tree books, Jay.
Posted by Klaus on August 20, 2015
Hi Nigel, thank you very much for your post from August 10, 2015. I ordered The Castle of Adventure and I will read it again after so many years. I hope to find the passages I'm looking for.