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BooksENID BLYTON BOOKS

WITH THE A&A COLLECTIVE

 

In honour of Enid Blyton’s birthday, we are dedicating today’s post to one of the world’s best-selling children’s author.
Her stories inspired and ignited our imagination, taking us beyond our bedrooms and into a world full of adventures, excitement and endless possibilities, and it has continued
to do so for millions of children today.

We chat to three of our A&A Collective bloggers about their favourite Enid Blyton books and how it has influenced them.

Read our interview below.

Gregory Stanton

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ENID BLYTON BOOK?
There are so many to choose from but it has to be Noddy goes to Toyland.

 

WHY AND HOW HAS IT AFFECTED YOU?
Noddy was a constant buddy through my early years, not only did I have a Noddy toy that came everywhere with me but I had a daisy teddy bear that I still have to this day. They were, friends, pillows, and comforters all in one and now seeing how my two kids have a similar bond with little bears you see what an impact these little bears and the stories that accompany them are to you growing up.

 

WILL YOU BE RECOMMENDING THIS BOOK TO YOUR LITTLE ONE?
Absolutely, Etta is a huge tv fan but when it comes to reading, Noddy goes to Toyland is one of those pre bedtime calm down books, we are lucky enough to have a second edition and it lives ever so slightly out of reach of Etta at all times.

Charlotte Kewley

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ENID BLYTON BOOK?
It’s so hard to choose between The Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair series! They are books that everyone should experience.

 

WHY AND HOW HAS IT AFFECTED YOU?
They’re both so magical. I have always adored books and read both these series’ many times. They take over and encourage young imaginations. I remember daydreaming about what Moon-Face would look like, Toffee Shocks would taste like and sitting on a kitchen chair willing it to grow wings… They’re such innocent, happy books and I love how they encourage imaginative play. So important in this new digital age.

 

WILL YOU BE RECOMMENDING THIS BOOK TO YOUR LITTLE ONE?
Definitely! I can’t wait to read the books with them; I hope they love them as much I do.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ENID BLYTON BOOK?
Any of The Secret Seven series! When I was little my brother and sister and I would pretend we were the Secret Seven and we would just make up the numbers with various cuddly toys. We had a tree house in the garden and hidden on the door frame we wrote our secret password – just like the gang in the books. We especially loved it when our mother would make us a round of sandwiches and serve them to us inside – although we were not served home-made lemonade that I can remember! I loved to follow all the clues and try to preempt the outcome of the various mysteries, the sense of belonging, and the comradery.

 

WHY AND HOW HAS IT AFFECTED YOU?
I still love a sense of comradery and cherish the memories of those times. Just reading a paragraph now can take me straight back. Both the high adventure and stories about true friendship and teamwork were incredibly appealing to me.

 

WILL YOU BE RECOMMENDING THIS BOOK TO YOUR LITTLE ONE?
Both my 8 yr and 6 yr old already love The Secret Seven – they seem to particularly enjoy the ‘investigative’ part of the books as well as the secrecy, and belonging to a club. Part of what spurred me on to dig out these books is the startling contrast of the lives of the protagonists to that of children’s lives today. Compared with the screen-orientated, frenetic, and hyperbolic toys/books/entertainment that surrounds my two on a daily basis,  these books are the perfect antidote and a great way to wind down for bedtime. Of course, they are also a good excuse to indulge in a bit of nostalgia for me!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. This is so cute! I remember reading the faraway tree stories and loving them. Such good memories!

    Posted by Jenna |

  2. The Magic Faraway Tree series was my favourite, when I was little and I have recently bought them to read to my Granddaughter. When I was a bit older I loved the St Clares and Mallory Towers

    Posted by Deborah Greenwood |

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