Book reviews


All our reviews of books (both Blyton and otherwise) in one place.
Blyton Books
The Adventure Series (Fiona)
An introduction to the series
The Island of Adventure
The Castle of Adventure
The Valley of Adventure
The Sea of Adventure
The Mountain of Adventure
The Ship of Adventure
The Circus of Adventure
The River of Adventure
The Adventure Series (Stef)
My First Impressions
The Island of Adventure
The Castle of Adventure
Valley of Adventure 
The Sea of Adventure
The Mountain of Adventure, part 1
The Mountain of Adventure, part 2
The Ship of Adventure
The Circus of Adventure
The River of Adventure
The Adventure Series (Chris’ favourites)
The Castle of Adventure
The Mountain of Adventure
The Valley of Adventure
The Adventurous Four
The Adventurous Four by Chris
The Adventurous Four by Laura
Amelia Jane
Naughty Amelia Jane!
Amelia Jane Again! part 1
Amelia Jane Again! part 2
More About Amelia Jane! part 1
More About Amelia Jane! part 2
The Amelia Jane Bumper Book
The Barney Mysteries
The Rockingdown Mystery
The Ring O’ Bells Mystery
The Rilloby Fair Mystery
The Rubadub Mystery
The Rat-a-Tat Mystery
The Ragamuffin Mystery
The Caravan Family
The Saucy Jane Family
The Queen Elizabeth Family
The Pole Star Family
The Seaside Family
The Buttercup Farm Family
The Caravan Family
The Children of Cherry Tree Farm 
Part 1 and part 2
Collin’s Colour Camera Books
Humpty Dumpty and Belinda
Father Christmas and Belinda
The Famous Five
Five on a Treasure Island
Five Go Adventuring Again by Fiona
Five Go Adventuring Again (Poppy’s Book of the Month)
Five Go Adventuring Again by Chris
Five Run Away Together by Stef
Five Run Away Together part 1 by Fiona
Five Run Away Together part 2 by Fiona
Five Go to Smuggler’s Top by Corinna
Five Go to Smuggler’s Top part 1 by Fiona
Five Go to Smuggler’s Top part 2 by Fiona
Five Go to Smuggler’s Top part 3 (Uncle Quentin) by Fiona
Five Go off in a Caravan part 1
Five Go off in a Caravan part 2
Five on Kirrin Island Again by Corinna
Five on Kirrin Island Again by Fiona
Five on Kirrin Island Again part 2 by Fiona
Five Go Off to Camp by Corinna
Five Go Off to Camp (reblogged from March House Books)
Five Go Off to Camp by Fiona
Five Go Off top Camp part 2 by Fiona
Five Get Into Trouble by Fiona
Five Go Down to the Sea
Five Go to Mystery Moor
Five Go to Billycock Hill
Five on Finniston Farm
The Famous Five Annuals 
2014, part 1 and part 2
2015, part 1 and part 2
2016, part 1 and part 2
The Famous Five Audiobooks
Five Go to Smuggler’s Top
Five Get Into a Fix
Five Go off to Camp by
Five Go to Billycock Hill
Five on a Hike Together
Five on Finniston Farm
Five Go to Demon’s Rocks
Five on a Treasure Island
Five Go to Mystery Moor
Five Go Down to the Sea
Short Story Collection, part 1
Short Story Collection, part 2
Five Get Into Trouble
Five Fall Into Adventure
Five Go Adventuring Again
Five Have a Mystery to Solve
Five on a Treasure Island – unabridged
The Famous Five Series Synopsis
Who are the Famous Five?
Books 1-3
Books 4-6
Books 7-9
Books 10-12
Books 13-15
Books 16-18
Books 19-21
The Short Stories, part 1
The Short Stories, part 2
The Faraway Tree / Enchanted Wood
The Enchanted Wood by Laura
The Magic Faraway Tree by Laura
The Enchanted Wood, part 1
The Enchanted Wood, part 2
The Enchanted Wood, part 3
The Magic Faraway Tree, part 1
The Magic Faraway Tree, part 2
The Magic Faraway Tree, part 3
The Magic Faraway Tree, part 4
The Folk of the Faraway Tree
The Folk of the Faraway Tree (Poppy’s Book of the Month)
The Magic of the Faraway Tree
The Five Find-Outers
The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage
The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat
The Mystery of the Secret Room
The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters
The Mystery of the Missing Necklace
The Mystery of the Missing Necklace (Poppy’s Book of the Month)
 The Mystery of the Hidden House, part 1
The Mystery of the Hidden House, part 2
The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat
The Mystery of the Invisible Thief
The Mystery of the Vanished Prince 
The Mystery of the Strange Bundle, part 1
The Mystery of the Strange Bundle, part 2
The Mystery of Holly Lane, part 1
The Mystery of Holly Lane, part 2
Malory Towers 
First Term
Second Form
Third Year
Upper Fourth
In the Fifth
Last Term
First Term (Poppy’s Book of the Month)
Malory Towers, continued
Malory Towers Audiobooks
First Term at Malory Towers
The Second Form at Malory Towers
Third Year at Malory Towers
Upper Fourth at Malory Towers
In the Fifth at Malory Towers
Last Term at Malory Towers
Miscellaneous Audiobooks
Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories
The Secret Island
Names Blyton used, a guide
Part 1: Jacks, Jos, Jakes, the Welsh and Grandads
Part 2: Toms, Dicks, Harries, Susans, Peters and more
Noddy
Hurrah for Little Noddy
Noddy Gets Into Trouble
Noddy and His Car
You Funny Little Noddy
Noddy and the Bumpy Dog
Noddy goes to Sea
Do Look Out Noddy!
Noddy Goes to Toyland
Here Comes Noddy Again
Well Done Noddy!
Noddy Goes to School
Noddy at the Seaside
Noddy and the Magic Rubber
Be Brave, Little Noddy
Noddy Has an Adventure
You’re a Good Friend, Noddy!
Noddy and the Bunkey
Noddy Goes to the Fair
Mr Plod and Little Noddy
Noddy and the Tootles
Noddy and the Aeroplane
Noddy and Tessie Bear
Cheer Up Little Noddy
Noddy Meets Father Christmas
Noddy and the Farmyard Muddle (Sophie Smallwood)
The Big Noddy Book #2
The Secret Series
The Secret Island
The Secret of Moon Castle
The Secret Seven
The Secret Seven
Secret Seven Adventure
Well Done Secret Seven
Secret Seven on the Trail
Go Ahead Secret Seven
Good Work Secret Seven
Secret Seven Win Through
Three Cheers Secret Seven
The Secret of Old Mill
Hurry Secret Seven, Hurry & The Humbug Adventure
Adventure on the Way Home
An afternoon with the Secret Seven & Where are the Secret Seven?
Short Stories
An Introduction
From Enid Blyton’s Happy Story Book
From Rainy Day Stories
St Clare’s
The Twins at St Clare’s by Stef
The O’Sullivan Twins
Summer Term at St Clare’s
Second Form at St Clare’s
Claudine at St Clare’s
Fifth Formers of St Clare’s
The Wishing Chair
The Adventures of the Wishing Chair
The Wishing Chair Again
The Zoo Book
Chapters one to three
Chapters four to six
Chapters seven to nine
Chapters ten to twelve
Chapters thirteen to sixteen
Stand Alone Reviews
Mr Galliano’s Circus
Merry Mister Meddle
House-at-the-Corner
Birds of Our Gardens
Boody the Great Goblin and Other Stories
The Book of Brownies
The Boy Next Door
The Children at Green Meadows, part 1
The Children at Green Meadows, part 2
The Children at Happy House
The Christmas Book 
Come to the Circus!
Comparing Hollow Tree House and The Secret Island
Enid Blyton’s Book of Christmas Treats
Enid Blyton En Francais!
Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories
Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Village
The First Christmas
The Land of Far-Beyond
Real Fairies
Round the Year with Enid Blyton: Autumn Book
Smuggler Ben
The Treasure Hunters by Fred
The Treasure Hunters by Fiona
Other Authors
Continuation books and prequels
The Adventures of George and Timmy (Sue Welford)
Part 1
Part 2: Timmy The Fearless Puppy
Part 3: A Curious Treasure
Part 4: A Footprint in the Sand
Famous Five for Grown-ups
Five Go Gluten Free
Five on Brexit Island
Five Go Parenting
Five Go on a Strategy Away Day (Stef)
Five Go on a Strategy Away Day (Fiona)
Five Give up the Booze
Five Forget Mother’s Day
Malory Towers continued by Pamela Cox
New Term at Malory Towers
Summer Term at Malory Towers
Noddy
The Case of the Hiding Pirates
Secret Seven continued by Pamela Butchart
Mystery of the Skull
Non-fiction
Biographies
Tell Me About Enid Blyton by Gillian Baverstock
Gillian Baverstock Remembers Enid Blyton
Cookery Books
Five Go Feasting
Jolly Good Food by Allegra McEvedy
Reading Recommendations
Who’s Who in Enid Blyton by Eva Rice
Part One: Adventure Stories
Part Two: School Stories
Part Three: Toys and Enchantment
Who’s Who in Enid Blyton by Eva Rice, revisited
Miscellaneous non-fiction
Dissecting the Magic of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five by Liam Martin
So You Think You Know Enid Blyton’s Famous Five?
Ripping Thing to Do by Jane Brocket
Blyton for Grown Ups
Brighton Belle by Sara Sheridan
Five Go Glamping by Liz Tipping
The Language of the Dead by Stephen Kelly
The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne
A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson
Too Many Cooks by Marina Pascoe
If You Like Blyton
The Adventure Island Series by Helen Moss
The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann
Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Cherrys by Will Scott
Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens
Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John (Stef )
Dead Man’s Cove (Fiona)
Diamonds and Daggers by Elen Caldecott
Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes
The Lone Pine Series by Malcolm Saville
A Mystery for Ninepence by Phyllis Gegan
The Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories by Joyce Lankester Brisley
Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr, part 1
Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr, part 2
Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr, part 3
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (Stef)
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (Fiona)
Mystery at Witchend by Malcolm Saville
The Mystery of Wickworth Manor by Elen Caldecott
The Mystery of the Whistling Caves by Helen Moss
The Secret of Cliff Castle by Mary Pollock
The Secret of Dead Man’s Cove

Miscellaneous fiction
Pea’s Book of Holidays by Susie Day
The Famous Five Adventure Game book 2 as played by Fiona
The Famous Five Diary by Mary Danby
The Mysterious Boy by Julie Robinson

Last updated 20/11/2019

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