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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.
Posted by Delia Moorey on December 4, 2014
Hi Barney, My grandson would love to have Shuffle the Shoemaker as a CD. Are this story and the Faraway stories in CD form?
BarneyBarney says: If you look in the Cave of Books you'll see that the Faraway Tree stories have been available on cassette and on CD in the past. Looking on Amazon, they now appear to be available as audio downloads read by Kate Winslet. Shuffle the Shoemaker has only been out on cassette as far as I can tell - you could try looking for a secondhand copy on eBay or Amazon. Good luck with your search.
Posted by Anneysha on December 4, 2014
Why does Anne Digby take up writing the Naughtiest Girl series in the end?
BarneyBarney says: In the late 1990s, the publishers decided they wanted to extend the Naughtiest Girl series. They asked Anne Digby to do it because she had already written boarding school books of her own (the Trebizon series).
Posted by Eve Bearne on December 2, 2014
I'm trying to track down the title of a book that I think Enid Blyton wrote in the 1960s for the Unicef year of the child [?] It was about latchkey children.
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on December 1, 2014
Do you know Barney, on Sunday I went to an uncle's house and found out that he is also a huge fan of Enid Blyton... and the best part is he owns a spaniel and named it BARNEY...
BarneyBarney says: Sounds like a great uncle - and a great dog!
Posted by Daniel on November 30, 2014
When and why did Hodder change the orange endpapers to Five On a Hike Together to blue? After all, the orange illustrations inside were retained.
BarneyBarney says: I'm afraid your guess is as good as mine, Daniel. Spitty, as I rather liked the orange!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 28, 2014
Hello, I just wanted to say that I finished reading The Faraway Tree. I loved it the most till now. So many adventures that I dreamt about them day and night.
Posted by JJAYS on November 25, 2014
I got it now - Hollow Tree House is in the Riddle series. I have it and it's a great book. Good luck, J.
BarneyBarney says: It was retitled The Riddle of the Hollow Tree for the Riddle series, but anyone wanting the original text should look for a second-hand copy of Hollow Tree House.
Posted by Heidi Wood on November 25, 2014
Hi, I would love to find a copy of Hollow Tree House. Any ideas where I might find this? Thanks, Heidi.
BarneyBarney says: Hollow Tree House is out of print, Heidi, but you should be able to find copies for sale on eBay or Abebooks. Good luck with your search.
Posted by Tuliana on November 23, 2014
I love The Riddle that Never Was. It's so exciting.
BarneyBarney says: The original title was The Mystery that Never Was, but it was changed when six stand-alone books were put together and altered to form the "Riddle" series.
Posted by Freda on November 22, 2014
Hi Barney, just a quick 'thank you' to your master for all the hard work involved in putting together the latest Winter Edition of The Enid Blyton Society Journal for us all to enjoy. In particular, the tribute to Mary Cadogan by Norman Wright was both interesting and very touching. Thank you. Freda
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Freda. I'm pleased you enjoyed it.
Posted by Indrachapa on November 21, 2014
Hi Barney! Are there any Enid Blyton museums or exhibitions anywhere?
BarneyBarney says: There are no Enid Blyton museums but there is going to be an Enid Blyton Exhibition at the Canterbury Beaney from January 17th to April 19th 2015.
Posted by Indrachapa on November 21, 2014
Hi Barney! How are you? I'm a great fan of Enid Blyton. Umm... what is Adventurous Four?
BarneyBarney says: Click on the Adventurous Four button (above the Message Board) and you'll soon find out!
Posted by Rupsa Mitra on November 17, 2014
Hi! I just started reading The Faraway Tree. It's quite amusing and of course charming.
BarneyBarney says: Enid Blyton had a wonderful imagination. I'd like to visit the Land of Juicy Bones and the Land of Long Walks!
Posted by Snehalathanair on November 16, 2014
Yes, I have The Christmas Book - the lovely, old edition - about a family who enjoy Christmas adhering to all the old customs, written in that beautiful way only Enid Blyton can.
Posted by Maureen on November 15, 2014
Does anyone have information on Enid Blyton's Christmas Book?
BarneyBarney says: You can find out about it in the Cave of Books, Maureen. The text of that book has also been included in a recent Hodder publication, Enid Blyton's Christmas Stories, together with other Christmas tales.
Posted by Freda on November 14, 2014
Hi Barney, I have just read Jane Jannson's posting on 28th October 2014. What an excellent tribute to Enid Blyton and so very well put together. As you say, Barney, many will agree with Jane's comments, myself included. Freda
Posted by Jorge on November 13, 2014
Hello, can anybody help me with the following? I have something which I believe could be interesting for the right collector or museum. I have some rare memorabilia from Enid Blyton and the Five Find-Outers mystery series. It consists of 3 etching plates from illustrations by Joseph Abbey from the books The Mystery of the Secret Room and The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage. Is anybody interested, or able to tell me what to do? Thanks, Jorge.
Posted by Farwa on November 13, 2014
Just wanted to say that I've been reading some recent messages on the Message Board, and I love Barney's helpful and funny answers! Thank you, Barney - you make a great part of the Enid Blyton Society! I'm also glad the that the website is running again.
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Farwa. All the best societies have a dog!
Posted by Freda on November 12, 2014
Hi Barney, Many thanks for your prompt response - I'm sending you a nice juicy bone. Freda
BarneyBarney says: Thank you, Freda!
Posted by Freda on November 12, 2014
Hi Barney, Just looked in the Fireside Journal section and noticed that the Winter 2014 edition has been published. Is it due to go out in the post soon? Many thanks.
BarneyBarney says: Journal 55 should be back from the printer's any day now, Freda, so copies will soon be winging their way all over the globe!
Posted by Keith Robinson on November 12, 2014
Daniel (and others who are wondering), please note that the Further Illustrations are now back online. I disabled them temporarily because that page was being attacked by a spammer and using a lot of bandwidth, but I believe that spammer has now been clapped in irons. I can hear him being frogmarched away, muttering, "It's a fair cop, guv'ner..."
BarneyBarney says: Thanks for restoring the Further Illustrations, Keith. It's great to see them back! What a pity I didn't get to bite that spammer's ankles. I suppose they'd have tasted of spam!
Posted by Daniel on November 11, 2014
What has happened to the illustrations provided for each of the Famous Five novels? I went today to check some illustrations and found that one could not reload pages as in the past to see the illustrations. There is a link for 'illustrations' but it seems to be inoperative. Please advise.
BarneyBarney says: Sorry about that, Daniel. We had some technical problems and the "further illustrations" for all the books were temporarily disabled. However, they should be back soon so please keep checking.
Posted by Val on November 7, 2014
Hope someone can help me? I am after a full page picture of a chap called Daffy. He has a home inside the trunk of a tree and is cooking dandelion stew I think. Can anyone give me more information on this delightful character? He could be an elf or a mole. Thank you.
Posted by Conway on November 3, 2014
Will there be an Enid Blyton Day 2015?
BarneyBarney says: We can't say for definite at this stage I'm afraid, but we didn't have an Enid Blyton Day this year or last year because it has become harder and harder to find speakers. But with several new projects on the horizon, e.g. proposed Famous Five and Faraway Tree films, and a Famous Five musical, it's possible that people might be willing to come and speak about those in future years. Only time will tell.
Posted by Barney on November 1, 2014
It seems that the threat of ankle-biting has done the trick! I hope I'm not speaking too soon but the forums appear to be working again! That has put a wag in my tail!
Posted by Barney on November 1, 2014
Hi! Just wanted to say once again that we're aware of the problems with the discussion forums, which have been down for three days now. Very sorry about that but the website hosts are experiencing problems and they're working to try to get things fixed as soon as possible. With any luck, the forums should be back in a day or two. Thanks for your patience. The Message Board and the main website (Cave of Books, etc.) are unaffected and are operating as normal.
Posted by Luna on November 1, 2014
Thank you Enid Blyton for creating all of these books that everybody enjoys immensely and I also want to say thank you Barney for your kind answers!
BarneyBarney says: Many thanks, Luna.
Posted by Courtenay on November 1, 2014
Patricia, I don't think Enid Blyton ever referred to the Tovarich Troupe in her books. She did write many stories featuring circuses and circus acts, including acrobats. However, as far as I'm aware, none of these have a family troupe of acrobats like the Tovariches, either under that name or another. I might be wrong, though, if anyone else can enlighten us further!
BarneyBarney says: I don't recall Enid Blyton mentioning the Tovarich Troupe either, though she did create a wonderful circus dog named Lucky!
Posted by Lucky Star on November 1, 2014
Hi Barney. Thanks for the update on the forums. Hopefully they will be back soon. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms here. Bite some ankles, that might help. Lol.
BarneyBarney says: Biting ankles is a great idea, Lucky Star! I'll get Buster, Loony, Timmy, Scamper, Lucky, Crackers, Shadow, Topsy, Bobs and all the other Blyton dogs to help me! Maybe even some frustrated human forumites would like to join in!
Posted by Poppy on October 31, 2014
Thanks for that Barney. Looking forward to seeing the forum back up and running!
BarneyBarney says: Thanks, Poppy. We're expecting the forums to be back in action sometime this weekend. Claws crossed that everything will be sorted out sooner rather than later!
Posted by Patricia on October 31, 2014
I am interested in any Enid Blyton books with reference to the Tovarich Troupe.