As with last year I got spoiled on my birthday and at Christmas and managed to amass a pile of Blyton-themed gifts. Most of these will end up having blogs of their own as I read/listen and review them later but for now here’s a quick look at what I got.
1. The Famous Five Story Collection on CD
2. Pea’s Book of Holidays by Susie Day
3. Five Fall Into Adventure & Five Get Into Trouble on CD
4. The Famous Five Annual 2015
5. Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories
6. So You Think You Know the Famous Five? by Clive Gifford
7. Five Have a Mystery to Solve & Five Go Down to the Sea on CD
8. The Amelia Jane Bumper Book
I asked for all of these things with the exception of the Christmas Story collection which my Mum spotted and asked if I’d like. I’m looking forward to having a proper read or listen to all of these but I suspect I will try and spread them out so I can use them for the blog as well.
The Amelia Jane book should be particularly interesting as there’s really nothing online about what it contains or how it came about.
There was some confusion on Christmas day though, as I opened the first of the CDs from my parents. My sister looked terribly worried and pretty much let on that she’d bought me a CD and worried it was the same one. I then opened another CD from my partner (who had been equally but more quietly worried.) The Story Collection and the Mystery to Solve/Down to the Sea covers are reasonably similar and have a blueish band across the top so I can understand the worry, and then I opened my sister’s CD which has the red band across the top and a non-sea background. She was relieved.
You might be wondering about number two, and how that is connected to Blyton, but it does have reason to be there.
Pea can’t wait for the summer holidays to start! Clover’s spending the summer at Theatre Camp, Mum’s staying home to write – and Pea and Tink are heading off on an Enid Blytonish camping trip.
There was one last Blyton gift I got, but as it wasn’t a book or CD I thought I should have it separately here.
Yes, those are earring books. Or book earrings. They even have (blank) pages. I should have taken a picture of the back as they have the full dustjacket reproduced in miniature.
I hope you all got what you wanted for Christmas, Blyton goodies included of course.
What a lovely selection, Fiona! Looking forward to hearing more about the individual
items in the future.
Francis (I’ll give you thought when I am in the bookshop in Alton tomorrow).
Wonderful gifts, Fiona! I was wondering if the 2015 FF annual is about one of my favorites, “Five on a Secret Trail” as I noticed the old ruin on the common and Julian has the leather bag (with the blue prints) under his arm?
Yes that’s the cover of Secret Trail. But skimming the contents there doesn’t seem to be anything directly related to that book inside. The last annual had a cover from Demon’s Rocks and that book didn’t feature inside either. I think they just pick an attractive book cover at random.
“So you think you know the Famous Five” by Clive Gifford sounds very interesting, Fiona. But when I checked out your link, there are no reviews yet. Do you plan to write a review on your blog? Because then I might order it. Thanks.
Yes I plan to review it at some point Chrissie 🙂
Those earrings are gorgeous!!
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