This year’s gift guide has been a bit harder to put together. Last year there were plenty of new Noddy-related toys and games tied in with the Dreamworks’ Noddy Toyland Detective tv show. This year, however, none of the big toy retailers have any of those items left in stock and there’s nothing new either.
All is not lost, however, as there are plenty of new books!
Hodder Bumper Short Story Collections
I’ve lost count of how many of these there are now, but it’s somewhere in the region of 20 I’d guess.
This year’s offerings are Animal Stories, Summer Adventure Stories and Tales of Tricks and Treats which I mentioned in my Halloween post.
Malory Towers and St Clare’s
There the new short story collection for Malory Towers, written by several authors (I’ve asked for this!)
New Class at Malory Towers, £6.99
There are also the 2018 editions of Malory Towers and St Clare’s with the old fashioned covers by Ruth Palmer which I have raved about a couple of times. They’re only available as sets at the moment, with 12 for Malory Towers and 9 for St Clare’s as they include the continuation books by Pamela Cox.
Malory Towers boxset, £16.99
St Clare’s boxset £13.99
A few more new books
This year there is also Favourite Enid Blyton Stories which is a collection of excerpts chosen by famous people.
I’m not sure why I’m including Mystery of the Theatre Ghost because based on my review of the first one, I think it will be pretty terrible. Children might like it, though!
Enid Blyton quotes on just about any product you could imagine
Amazon is absolutely full of these, all from one company. Unfortunately there are only three choices of quote, ones which are always associated with Blyton –
The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.
Leave something for someone but don’t leave someone for something.
If you can’t look after something in your care, you have no right to keep it.
These are wise sayings but give me a falling ash tree quote any day!
But you can have either on a chopping board, pillow, temporary tattoo, bookmark, babygrow, wall plaque, water bottles, cork trivet, coasters, magnetic clips, money box, clock, pin badge, makeup bag, drawstring bag, mirror, tissue box, letter holder, trinket box, clutch bag, phone case, tea towel, and so many more I’ve given up on writing them down.
The other unfortunate thing (to me anyway) is all these items are plain white (with the exception of the plain wooden ones) and in my house would get impossibly grubby.
Still, it’s a vast range and not particularly expensive either.
Create your own product
Last year I got a book light with a Famous Five cover on it from Klevercase and I love it. I couldn’t see any Blyton covers on their products this year but they are doing a create your own cover product. So you could upload any book cover from Blyton’s extensive collection and get it made into an e-reader or tablet cover, a book light, a notebook or diary.
Create your own product from £20.00
A new game
There are no new Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, just the ten that came out in 2016 and 17, not that I’m too upset by that. There were three card games last year and another one this year.
And a few Noddy bits just so he’s not left out
Brodie would absolutely love this car.
I hope you all get something nice on Christmas day, Blytonian or otherwise!