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Posted by Stella on February 28, 2015
I love Enid Blyton's books like The Magic Faraway Tree and The Enchanted Wood. I'm only ten and I notice the pure English literature.
BarneyBarney says: They are indeed magical books, Stella.
Posted by Smurfette on February 27, 2015
Love Enid's books and always will. I am now 54 and still reading. Almost finished reading the Famous Five series. Book 21, Five Are Together Again, is a bit of a quandary. What has happened to George? She was adamant about not going to school without Tim so only went to Anne's school because pets were allowed!
BarneyBarney says: Sadly, errors crept into several of Enid Blyton's later books as she was beginning to suffer from dementia and her mind was no longer as sharp as it had been.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on February 22, 2015
Hello! I just finished reading Secret Seven Fireworks. It was incredible.
BarneyBarney says: It's good to know that you enjoyed it, Rupsa. Good Work Secret Seven is another atmospheric story about Bonfire Night.
Posted by Betty on February 21, 2015
A friend gave me a copy of The Yellow Fairy Book. It has no date it was printed and I would like to know. It says Newnes on the spine and is very thick paper. The first story is about Princess Fenella. Can you help, please?
BarneyBarney says: If you look up the title in the Cave of Books you'll find lots of information about it, Betty.
Posted by Susan Webster on February 19, 2015
Hi Barney, is the Enid Blyton Exhibition coming anywhere near Birmingham? I did see it briefly in Newcastle but want to see it properly. Birmingham's new library would have been a great centre for it - it's huge! Well worth a visit. How can I find out where smaller Enid Blyton gatherings are if close enough for me to get to as I don't have transport and train fares can be pricey?
BarneyBarney says: Hi Sue, I don't yet know whether the exhibition is going anywhere else after Canterbury and Plymouth. There are no Enid Blyton gatherings planned at present, but they're usually arranged by forumites so keep an eye out on the forums.
Posted by Spotkin on February 19, 2015
Way back in May of 2009 I asked a question about the title of a story by Enid Blyton. Well thanks to the 'Cave of Books' I took a chance and ordered a book collection - The Forgotten Pets and Other Stories - and it has my story. The title is 'The Rich Little Girl'. The story is just like I remembered it from so many years ago. So once again I have to thank you for this wonderful site and all the hard work that has gone into it!
BarneyBarney says: Thank you very much for letting us know, Spotkin. I'm glad you found the story - you've put a wag in my tail!
Posted by Susan Webster on February 17, 2015
Hi Barney, loveable, lovely old dog! Re Radhika's message about the Enid Blyton Day, it's such a shame there are no Days now because you can't get speakers. Well, how about us members giving a talk? It could be about when we were in the original Famous Five Club, or about our favourite books, characters in stories, etc., the list is endless. I'm sure we could have an exciting time sharing our stories, talks etc. I know I'd like to share my Famous Five Club days - I still have my newsletters etc. - and share my favourite books. Why not give it a go and see how it works out? A big juicy bone and biccies on their way to you.
BarneyBarney says: A big wuff of thanks for the bone and biccies, Sue! They both begin with B, like my name! It's a nice thought about members giving talks, but without the well-known speakers we probably wouldn't sell as many tickets so we'd have to find a smaller venue. And that would mean we wouldn't attract as many dealers and might not be able to hire caterers either. So it would be a very different kind of Enid Blyton Day! For the moment, smaller gatherings seem to be the way forward. There have been several meetings of Blytonites at Old Thatch, and there may be some get-togethers at the Enid Blyton Exhibition which is currently in Canterbury and is due to move to Plymouth in about June.
Posted by Rhona on February 16, 2015
Hi, I'm trying to locate a book I purchased around 1992, a collection of fairy and brownie stories. One story was about a little boy who didn't look after his dog properly and one of the brownies turned him into a dog to teach him a lesson. Another story was about fairies using white nettle flowers for shoes.
BarneyBarney says: Are you the person who posted as Adelle yesterday? Maybe the early 1990s date will help someone identify the book.
Posted by Radhika Ghose on February 16, 2015
Hi there Barney, I believe you have celebrated 'Enid Blyton Day' in the past? Has it stoppped? Is there one for 2015? Can we revive the day if there isn't one? I am planning an Enid Blyton festival this Mat in Bangalore, India. What do you suggest If I could choose just five books to introduce Enid Blyton to children here? I'm conducting a story session on Adventures of the Wishing-Chair and The Wishing-Chair Again in the middle of March.
BarneyBarney says: You wrote "this Mat", Radhika. Did you mean "this May"? I'm afraid we haven't had an Enid Blyton Day for the last few years as we haven't been able to get speakers. I hope your story session goes well, and your Enid Blyton festival in Bangalore. Regarding the five books, it would be good to choose five different kinds - e.g. nursery toys, fantasy, mystery/adventure, school, family...
Posted by Adelle on February 15, 2015
Thanks, Barney. I think the cover was a dark blue one. It was actually a little boy that was mean to the dog and a brownie turned him into the dog to teach him a lesson. It had lots of stories in the book.
BarneyBarney says: I'm glad the boy was taught a lesson, Adelle! I hope someone can identify the book for you.
Posted by Adelle on February 15, 2015
Hi. I've been looking for an Enid Blyton book from my childhood for years now, all I can remember is that it had lots of stories about brownies and pixies in it. It also had a story about a little girl who was mean to her dog, and one about fairies who kept their shoes in stinging nettles. Have you any idea what this book was called?
BarneyBarney says: The story about fairies keeping their shoes in stinging nettles might possibly be 'A Fairy Secret', Adelle. Books containing 'A Fairy Secret' are listed here - maybe one of them will jog your memory.
Posted by Alexandra on February 15, 2015
Does anyone know who holds the rights to Enid Blyton's work and who I could contact if I wanted to develop a performance? I am a student of puppetry and we have been looking into an interactive production but need to look at the legalities. Thanks!
BarneyBarney says: The copyright for most of Enid Blyton's work is held by Hachette UK but the copyright for Noddy is held by DreamWorks Classics. You can contact them through their websites. Good luck with your project, Alexandra!
Posted by Aditi on February 13, 2015
Hello. Please could you tell me if there are any Enid Blyton tourist attractions, e.g. where she lived and where she wrote her books, etc? Also, please could you tell me more about the Enid Blyton Day 2015? Thank you.
BarneyBarney says: Some Blyton-related locations are mentioned here, though the museum in Poole has now closed down and the Old Thatch gardens are no longer open to the public. I'm afraid there is no Enid Blyton Day planned for 2015, Aditi, though there is currently an Enid Blyton Exhibition at the Canterbury Beaney which is due to move to Plymouth some time in June.
Posted by Liz on February 13, 2015
I love the Secret Seven series! I think Enid Blyton is an awesome novelist.
Posted by Hilary on February 12, 2015
I am seeking a copy of a poem, title and author unknown. This is from childhood memory, "There was a naughty golly and what do you think he did..." I would very much like to know the name of the book and poem title. Thank you.
Posted by Farwa on February 6, 2015
I sure do agree with you, Naveed! It is indeed a pity that Enid Blyton is not alive today, Rew.
Posted by Rew on February 6, 2015
Enid Blyton the famous British writer is my favourite writer. She writes many interesting good books. I feel she should be alive now.
BarneyBarney says: The best of Enid Blyton lives on in her books and she continues to bring joy to many.
Posted by Naveed on February 6, 2015
I grew up reading the Famous Five stories and some other Enid Blyton series but came across her for the first time with the Adventurous Four and the Galliano's Circus books. I really think she was an author who had a good command of language and also can be savoured by adults. Her empathy for and about animals (domestic and otherwise) is also one of many reasons I love Enid Blyton stories. I feel Blyton is very much misunderstood by some folks - she is an author who (in some books) was attuned to adults as well as children.
BarneyBarney says: A lovely message, Naveed. I'm sure many would agree with you.
Posted by Catherine on February 4, 2015
I am now 86 but I remember as an infant at school the teacher reading us a weekly letter from Enid Blyton? As a teacher later and as a mother I used her books as an inbetween for children learning to read as they were easy and interesting enough to get them actually reading books.
BarneyBarney says: It's lovely that you remember the letters being read to you, Catherine. Enid Blyton (and her dog Bobs!) used to write weekly letters for Teachers World at that time. Tony Summerfield has been putting the letters up each week for about a year - we've covered 1930 and we're now into 1931. There's a forums thread about the letters here.
Posted by Cake Decorator on February 3, 2015
Thank you Barney for responding to my request, I have written to DreamWorks and await their response.
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.