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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.
Posted by Peter on June 1, 2016
Faraway Tree for sale! I have a complete set of the 'Faraway Tree' books (three novels and the picture book, Up The Faraway Tree). These are NOT first editions but are the original Dorothy Wheeler-illustrated books and are all in good (NOT mint) condition. They all have their original colour dust-jackets. Anyone interested? Thanks, Brendan.
Posted by Margaret Fox on May 31, 2016
Hello Enid fans. I am trying to find a copy of The Fourth Bedside Book. There's a story about an empty dolls' house. Regards, Margaret.
Posted by Colin French on May 29, 2016
Hi all, can anyone shed any light on this amazing folding caravan that has recently been discovered, that Enid Blyton sold on in 1964? See this topic in the forums for the full story. Regards, Colin.
Posted by Fred Downes on May 23, 2016
Can you please advise me where I can buy the original hardback series of the Famous Five books? I would appreciate it if you can help me as I have been trying to track them down. They were a big part of my childhood and I would love to pass these stories onto my own two grandchildren. Many thanks, Fred.
BarneyBarney says: It may take some time to collect the lot but they often come up on eBay, Fred. Other places to try include second-hand bookshops, car boot sales, charity shops, Amazon and the sellers we've listed under Lashings of Links. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Michele Clark McConnochie on May 23, 2016
Hi, I am currently researching a travel book based on the homes of famous children's authors, sites that inspired them or the locations of their work. The only place I can find to visit linked to Enid Blyton is the pub in Knotty Green. Does anyone have other suggestions? I am travelling during July and August this year but am doing my background research at the moment. Thanks for any suggestions!
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton's home in Well End (Old Thatch in Coldmoorholme Lane) still exists but the gardens are sadly no longer open to the public. Certain aspects of Bourne End/Well End are thought to have found their way into the Find-Outers books, e.g. the river-path leading to Marlow is mentioned in some stories. The houses where Enid lived in Beckenham also still exist, but I don't know of any link to her stories and they're mostly very ordinary-looking. Corfe Castle is mentioned in Adventure of the Strange Ruby, and Enid's farm and golf club (both in Dorset) feature in Five on Finniston Farm and Five Have a Mystery to Solve respectively. Most of Blyton's settings weren't based firmly on real-life places, however.
Posted by Gail on May 22, 2016
I am DESPERATE to discover the British sales figures for Enid Blyton books between 1947-1957. I'll also need figures (if possible!) from public libraries! This request concerns the research for my dissertation subject for my degree, but so far I've had no success finding out if/where/how book sales were recorded/stored way back then! If ANYONE has ANY knowledge or suggestions I will be very grateful.
Posted by Dennis on May 20, 2016
Yes, the Five Find-Outers and Dog are available from Amazon. I just uploaded the whole series, they were about $4 Australian each (about 2) and very easy to read on my Paperwhite.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Dennis!
Posted by Sue on May 15, 2016
Hi, can Enid Blyton books be read online anywhere please? I quite fancy reading the Five Find-Outers and Dog ones again, lol. I'm only 60.
BarneyBarney says: They won't be available free anywhere because they're still under copyright, but you could check Amazon to see if electronic versions are available to buy as well as the printed books. Have fun reading the stories again!
Posted by Lisa on May 11, 2016
I hope someone is able to help me out! I was a kid in the 1990s and I had an Enid Blyton hardback story treasury. I can't for the life of me remember what it was called, although I can picture the front (it was a pale yellow colour with a large rectangle containing an illustration on the front). It was a collection of short stories and one of them was about a little girl who did a lot of baking (cakes, breads, biscuits, etc). I can't remember what happens in the story! It is frustrating me, as I would really like to find that book for my young children. I know that I am really vague with the details, I am trying to remember more!
BarneyBarney says: How big was the book, Lisa? If you go into our "Cave of Books" (button on the left) and do a search on "Award Popular Rewards" (it will bring up 72 books) you'll see that the reprints (click on a title and scroll down a bit to see the reprints) were pale yellow with an illustration in a rectangle. Another possibility is an annual-sized book called Goodnight Stories. It's not listed in the Cave of Books, but if you Google "Goodnight Stories Blyton" you'll find it. There may be umpteen stories about girls doing a lot of baking, but two possibilities are 'The Little Toy Stove' and 'The Little Candy House'. You could do a search on those titles in the Cave of Books and see what comes up, though not every book published since Enid Blyton's death is listed. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Amy on May 9, 2016
I love the Faraway Tree and the Wishing-Chair books. I think I like the Faraway Tree better. I've read them all!
Posted by Andrew on May 9, 2016
I am looking for a little Noddy story that I asked to have read so many times as a child that my parents can still remember the beginning but not the title. Can anyone help? "We're off to the station to wait for the train,/ We all want to catch it you see./ There's Miss Fluffy Cat and Wobbly Man/ And Golly and Monkey and me./ Look, here comes the train, oh what a surprise,/ Just look who's driving today./ It's our Little Noddy, he's there in the cab/ He shouts, 'I'm the driver, hooray!'" Any idea?
Posted by Deniz Besim on May 8, 2016
Hi, I just finished reading the last book of the Famous Five collection (#21) and the last paragraph of the book promises that there are more adventures to come. Enid Blyton says, "Hurry up and fall into another adventure. We are longing to hear what you and the others will be up to next. Goodbye for now - and take care of yourselves, Five. Good luck!" I would like to know why Enid Blyton didn't write any more Famous Five books since #21 after promising readers many more adventures to come?
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton wrote Five Are Together Again in 1963. She was already suffering from dementia at that point and her health gradually got worse. When she wrote the book she probably hoped she'd be able to continue with the series, but sadly that wasn't possible.
Posted by Carol on May 7, 2016
Hello Barney :) - 50 years ago I immersed myself in the lovely Malory Towers series and I'm really keen to find a set to purchase. However I have only come across the modern, pseudo Enid Blyton, collections. I have no problem with anyone who appreciates these modern publications but they're just not for me. Can you help this silver surfer in her quest to locate this bit of nostalgia? Very many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid the only way you can get hold of the books you remember is to keep an eye out on sites like eBay or Amazon, Carol, or try the sellers listed under Lashings of Links. Good luck with your search!
Posted by Nysha on May 7, 2016
Hey guys...Could you please tell me how to create an account here without subscribing? Please help. I'm a big fan of Enid Blyton.
BarneyBarney says: You can join the forums free of charge and discuss topics with other fans, Nysha - just click on "join in" (bottom of this page) and register. If you want to receive the thrice-yearly Journal I'm afraid it's necessary to take out a subscription as the costs of printing and postage have to be covered.
Posted by Sandy on May 5, 2016
I notice that there are two untitled books in the Dean Reward series, Nos. 51 and 52. Can you please advise as to what the stories may be about? With many thanks in advance.
BarneyBarney says: If you look at the Dean's Reward Series listing in the Cave of Books, you'll see that numbers 51 and 52 come after number 73 (because they were brought out at a later date). They're collections of short stories called Happy Day Stories and Rainy Day Stories.
Posted by Karen on May 3, 2016
My 7-year-old daughter has to do a presentation at school on a topic of her choice. She would like to do it on Enid Blyton as she has read so many of her books and knows that my favourite book as a child was The Girl Who Found Sixpence. Where would be a good place to find some interesting facts that she could use for her presentation please?
BarneyBarney says: If your daughter clicks on our "Author of Adventure" and "Cave of Books" buttons (over on the left) she'll find some interesting information about Enid Blyton's life and work. I don't know how much time she's got, but Enid Blyton's autobiography The Story of My Life is great for children (though not easy to find), as are Gillian Baverstock's books Tell Me About Writers Enid Blyton and Gillian Baverstock Remembers Enid Blyton. Gillian was Enid Blyton's elder daughter. Good luck to your daughter with her presentation!
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.