I’ve done a couple of posts already, each showing a few illustrations by Eileen Soper which although look like they could be depicting the Five are in fact from other books entirely. So here’s another one! (Soper was quite prolific when it came to illustrating Blyton’s books!)
The Baronian Famous Five novel we all missed out on
Sadly the Five never travelled abroad for adventures (despite the boys being in France at the start of Five on a Secret Trail – just imagine what sort of mysteries they could have stumbled upon on the continent!).
The Arnolds, however, did a lot of travelling. Eileen Soper only illustrated one of their adventures which was their trip to Baronia in The Secret of Killimooin.
Peggy and Nora don’t look like either of the girls, but Mike definitely resembles George while Jack and Julian are very much from the same mould.
Famous Five on the farm
Soper also illustrated only one of the Farm series – More Adventures on Willow Farm. It’s been ages since I read that so I can’t remember who the children are in these illustrations. But we’re pretending they’re Kirrins so it hardly matters.
Dick finding out that someone else has put on the Clopper costume.
And Dick finding a young Timmy (Famous Five timeline be damned!)
The Five in the colour of nature
Most of Soper’s nature plates which accompany the Nature Readers series are of animals and plants (and for some reason a lot of fairies). But there are children in some of them, including some young Famous Five lookalikes. The bonus of these are they are in colour!
A young Anne and George (if we ignore the fact that they didn’t meet in canon until Anne is 10 and George 11) playing dandelion clocks.
A young Julian and his mother (who I don’t think Soper ever illustrated).
And lastly a young Dick shows an equally Anne and Sid-the-paper-boy a conker.