I’ve not really managed to read much, though I am going to try and give you my feelings towards the book in this blog, at least in relation to how far I have gotten with it, and maybe you’ll see why I haven’t sat down and speed read it in time to review today.
I started the book, and I have to admit my expectations weren’t high; George and Timmy written by someone other than Enid Blyton? They need careful handling (Timmy bites and George explodes) and this book just doesn’t seem to have that gentle touch.
Unfortunately I was proved right. The feel of the book was wrong, it started off with George cutting her hair, but you don’t have a sense of her doing it because she feels its right for her. I mean the scene isn’t set, you don’t see her acting like a boy and working up to her cutting her hair. Its all rather abrupt.
Anyway the first story in the book is all about George cutting her hair, setting up the home scene, and finding Timmy. Now this is fine, it would be a nice way to start these stories off by writing about how George found Timmy, but it just doesn’t feel natural.
I’m sorry to say that I can’t find anything good about these stories. They may appeal more to the children than an adult who loves Blyton’s work, but it feels like it’s been updated. The changes are silly, there is no mention of Aunt Fanny’s name, but the name Quentin is mentioned, also George refers to her parents as Mummy and Daddy. ALL THE TIME. I can’t recall more than twice when George referred to her mother as Mummy, and more than five where she refers to Uncle Quentin as Daddy.
It just seems like one big mess, like someone hasn’t done their research. It doesn’t help that Joanna the cook, who only turns up in Five Go Adventuring Again, is the Kirrin’s current house keeper.
Now I may be nit picking, but, well, that’s never mentioned before, and in Blyton’s original stories you never get the feeling that Joanna has been part of the Kirrin household before. Mostly because Quentin and Fanny wouldn’t be able to afford help in the house before George finds the treasure in Five on a Treasure Island. As Fiona has just pointed out, Joanna would be one of the things that Quentin could finally afford to give to George and Fanny.
Anyway, I have only got as far as George finding Timmy and asking Quentin and Fanny if she can keep him. I have doubts whether I shall finish the book, as my attention isn’t completely focused on it, but I shall try and finish it, and see if it gets any better.
Fingers crossed, eh?