Locked down library displays weeks 6 and 7

I’m still doubling up the weeks so that I can get through them a bit quicker. Here are links to weeks one, two, three and then four and five in case you missed them.

Day #36


An array of Ewan’s graphic novels and guides to the Marvel universe and characters.

Day #37

Nancy Drew

I actually did this the day before the 90th anniversary of the first Nancy Drew book being published – by complete coincidence. These are just a few of my collection, with one of each cover style I have across the original mysteries and the newer (well, 80s) files.

Day #38

Sunny yellow

It was raining on day 38, so I thought I’d go for a sunny yellow display. Several Blytons here.

From back left:

  • My First Words
  • The Mystery of the Strange Bundle – Enid Blyton
  • Where’s My Girl? – Malcolm Saville
  • The Happy House Children, Fifth Formers of St Clare’s and Upper Fourth at Malory Towers – Enid Blyton
  • Party Frock – Noel Streatfeild
  • Treasure Island – R.L. Stevenson
  • The Children of Kidillin, Smuggler Ben and The Secret of Cliff Castle – Mary Pollock aka Enid Blyton
  • The Rockingdown Mystery, The Children of Willow FarmThe Boy Next Door and The Mystery that Never Was – Enid Blyton
  • The Clue of the Velvet Mask – Carolyn Keene
  • Whit the Clockleddy Heard – Julia Donaldson (A Scots language version of What the Ladybird Heard, translated by James Robertson).
  • Mischief at St Rollo’s and Noddy and His Car – Enid Blyton
  • Deadlocked – Charlaine Harris
  • So You Think You Know Enid Blyton’s Famous Five? – Clive Gifford
  • The Witches and The Twits – Roald Dahl
  • Baby’s First Animals
  • Lucky – Alice Sebold
  • The BFG – Roald Dahl
  • Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack – Lynley Dodd

Day #39

An A-Z of reading

A book for every letter of the alphabet.

  • Apple Bough – Noel Streatfeild
  • Borrowers Avenged, The – Mary Norton
  • Clockwork Sparrow, The – Katherine Woodfine
  • Dead and Gone – Charlaine Harris
  • England Expects – Sara Sheridan
  • Five on a Secret Trail – Enid Blyton
  • Grave Secret – Charlaine Harris
  • Hobbit, The – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes
  • Jean Becomes a Nurse – Yvonne Trewin
  • Kristie at College – Mildred Benson (one of the first Nancy Drew authors)
  • Leader of the Lower School, The – Angela Brazil
  • Masked City, The – Genevieve Cogman
  • Nightingale Girls, The – Donna Douglas
  • Ocean at the End of the Lane, The – Neil Gaiman
  • Pea’s Book of Holidays – Susie Day
  • Queen of the Daffodils – Leslie Lang
  • Rendezvouz in Russia – Lauren St John
  • Shock for the Secret Seven – Enid Blyton
  • Tunnel Behind the Waterfall, The – William Corlett
  • Undead and Unfinished – MaryJanice Davidson
  • The Vile Village – Lemony Snicket
  • Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne
  • Xander Years, The – Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Yes Sister, No Sister – Jennifer Craig
  • Zoo, Our – June Mottershead (only cheating very slightly?)

Day #40

Deadly reads

Various books with death, murder, deadly, dead etc in the title. Mostly from Charlaine Harris, Nancy Drew, Charmed and Point Horror/Crime but also Harry Potter, Kate Shackleton by Frances Brody, Lee Child and Neil Gaiman.

Day #41

Seeing red

I think I was particularly frustated this day!

From back left:

  • Taskmaster – Alex Horne (200 tasks inspired by the show)
  • Roald Dahl – Donald Sturrock
  • Fetch Nurse Connie – Jean Fullerton
  • Amelia Jane Again, The Rat-a-Tat Mystery, Five Go To Smuggler’s Top and Five Get Into a Fix – Enid Blyton
  • The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket
  • Five Go Adventuring Again and The Rilloby Fair Mystery – Enid Blyton
  • Not Scarlet But Gold – Malcolm Saville
  • Ten Little Superheroes – Mike Brownlow
  • Jonathan Strange and Mrs Norrell – Susanna Clarke
  • The Court of the Air – Stephen Hunt
  • The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
  • Brighton Belle – Sara Sheridan
  • The Masked City – Genevieve Cogman
  • The Bridge in the Clouds – William Corlett
  • The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger
  • Flynn – Reverend W Awdry
  • Baby’s First Numbers
  • James – Reverend W Awdry

Day #42

The answer to life, the universe and everything. Food.

The title is taken from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, whereby the number 42 is the answer. But I made it food, because we all love to eat, right?

From back left –

  • Tom’s Kitchen – Tom Kerridge
  • Jolly Good Food – Allegra McEvedy
  • Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery – Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas
  • Making the Most of Healthy and Filling – Weight Watchers
  • Cupcakes – Next
  • Rick Stein’s Spain – Rick Stein
  • Five Go Feasting – Josh Sutton
  • Favourite Retro Recipes: Classic dishes from the 1950s and 60s – Uncredited

I’ve made very few recipes from any of these books, I’ll have to admit. That’s the trouble with recipe books for me – I may like a few of the recipes but I’m fussy enough, cheap enough and lazy enough that a majority of them will never be made!

Day #43

Roald Dahl

My entire Roald Dahl collection along with some Roald Dahl Top Trumps cards (I tried to pair characters with their books).

Some closer shots of the cards (just click to see them full size).

Day #44

Scottish children’s books

It had to be done! I would have liked to have included the Masie MacKenzie books my Aileen Paterson but I left them at my parents’ when I moved out. I remember using my holiday money a lot of years to buy a new one for my collection. Anyway, what I have included:

  • Torridon’s Surprise – Marie Muir (Haven’t read this yet as it’s the second in a series and I haven’t got the first)
  • Katie Morag’s Island Stories – Mairi Hedderwick (a compendium of several books)
  • The Secret of the Loch – Frances Cowan (not a Scottish author, but set in Scotland)
  • Where’s Nessie – Liz and Garry Thorburn
  • Katie Morag and the New Pier – Mairi Hedderwick
  • Whit the Clockleddy Heard – Julia Donaldson translated into Scots by James Robertson (this one’s a challenge to read out loud!)
  • Scotland 1 2 3 – Lauren Gentry
  • Katie’s Moose – James Robertson and Matthew Fitt

Plus flags I made myself!

Day #45

Undersea adventures

A mix of children’s and grown up’s books here, with some of Brodie’s bath toys. Sally and the Limpet is accompanied by a song in our house which begins Sally and the limpet, the limpet, the limpet, Sally and the Limpet, sung to the tune of Following the Leader from Disney’s Peter Pan. It may have had more words but I’m not sure.

Day #46

Tales of the Vampyres

Books about vampire from Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, L.J. Smith, and Anne Rice, and some based on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Being Human TV series.

Day #47

Feeling blue

I think I’ve felt all the colours in lockdown so far.

From back left:

  • Go Ahead Secret Seven – Enid Blyton
  • Call Nurse Millie – Jean Fullerton
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
  • Jean Becomes a Nurse – Yvonne Trewin
  • A Mystery for Ninepence – Phyllis Gegan
  • The Treasure Hunters – Enid Blyton
  • The Children of Primrose Lane – Noel Streatfeild
  • The Hostile Hospital and The Reptile Room – Lemony Snicket
  • A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Heidi – Johanna Spyri
  • Ten Little Dinosaurs – Mike Brownlow
  • Murder Most Unladylike – Robin Stevens
  • The Rise of the Iron Moon – Stephen Hunt
  • The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  • The Borrowers Avenged – Mary Norton
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
  • Baby’s First Words
  • Noddy and the Bumpy Dog – Enid Blyton
  • Pea’s Book of Big Dreams – Susie Day
  • Noddy and the Aeroplane – Enid Blyton
  • The Mystery of the Midnight Ghost – Helen Moss
  • That’s Not My Otter – Fiona Watt
  • The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow – Katherine Woodfine

Day #48

Secretive Secrets

All books with secret in the title, with their secret hidden. Because they’re secret.

Can you complete the titles? (I’ll make the hidden words white so you can just click to highlight and read them).

  • The Secret of Killimooin – Enid Blyton
  • The Secret of Grange Farm – Frances Cowan
  • Secret Seven on the Trail – Enid Blyton
  • Secret of the Gorge – Malcolm Saville
  • The Secret of the Loch – Frances Cowan
  • The Secret of the Golden Pavilion – Carolyn Keene
  • The Secret of Shadow Ranch – Carolyn Keene
  • Lawless and Tilley the Secrets of the Dead – Malcolm Rose
  • The Secret of Grey Walls – Malcolm Saville
  • The Mystery of the Secret Room – Helen Moss
  • The Secret in the Old Attic – Carolyn Keene
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
  • Five on a Secret Trail – Enid Blyton
  • The Secret in the Old Lace – Carolyn Keene
  • The Mystery of the Secret Room – Enid Blyton

To see a picture of the uncensored books click the thumbnail below.

Day #49


A selection of my books based on the Charmed TV series.


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1 Response to Locked down library displays weeks 6 and 7

  1. chrissie777 says:

    Fiona, if you like children’s books taking place in Scotland, I can highly recommend the Ian & Sovra series by Elinor Lyon, especially “The House in Hiding” which is very blytonesque.


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