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Monday #256

A piece of Noddy artwork and Secret Series covers The Second Form at St Clare’s is not, as the title suggests, the second book in the St Clare’s series. Rather, it is the fourth. After three books focussing on the … Continue reading

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Monday #255

  January round up and Five Go Off in a Caravan “Who is he, Jack? Who is the prisoner?” cried Nora impatiently. “Well,” said Jack, turning to them, “he has just spelt out on his fingers that he is Prince … Continue reading

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Search terms 8

I like doing posts about our search terms so much here’s the 8th one for you! Good questions Can you read Famous Five in any order? > You can, as each story is complete in itself – Blyton says this … Continue reading

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Monday #254

Enid Blyton search terms part 8 and This Is Enid Blyton Magazine The Rat-a-Tat Mystery is the fifth Barney mystery. This one has the children staying at Rat-a-Tat house in the middle of the country. It is even more isolated … Continue reading

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Monday #253

Five Go to Smuggler’s Top part 3: A focus on Uncle Quentin and The Adventure Series covers through the years part 2 I tell you Red Tower isn’t a place. Red Tower is a man. Jo sets Julian right in … Continue reading

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Monday #252

I treated myself to the Enid Blyton edition of This Is Magazine and it arrived this week. It has a lot of freebies with it and I plan to review it all soon. Christmas and birthday present round up and … Continue reading

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Monday #251

Happy New Year, everyone! I took a longer than anticipated break over Christmas, but I am back now! I had intended to start again on the 31st but being in that strange limbo between Christmas and New Year I lost … Continue reading

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Monday #248

Just one more week until Christmas! What would Blyton’s characters get for Christmas? and Inscriptions in books: books given with love It is no good going down a factory chimney, because there are never any children below with stockings to … Continue reading

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Monday #247

Just two weeks till Christmas now! Enid Blyton gift guide and Five Go to Smuggler’s Top part 2 [The tree] stood in the hall, with coloured candles in holders clipped to the branches, and gay, shining ornaments hanging from top … Continue reading

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An updated round-up of Christmas posts

We’ve done this once before but have written a lot since then – so here’s a new guide to all our Christmassy posts from the past six years. Book reviews Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories – one of Hodder’s short story collections. … Continue reading

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Monday #246

It’s December now, and you know what that means. It’s time to get festive! A guide to all our Christmas posts and The Famous Five covers through the years, 1940s-1990s “Now let me see,” said Father Christmas, taking out a … Continue reading

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Monday #245

This Wednesday marks the fiftieth anniversary of Enid Blyton’s death. She died on November 28th, 1968 at the age of 71. As a child I just assumed she was still around, still writing, as I received new books for birthdays … Continue reading

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Monday #244

Inscriptions in books: this book belongs to and Five Go to Smuggler’s Top Dick Kirrin on seagulls: If they can mew like cats, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t bark like dogs. – Five Go to Smuggler’s Top (seeing as … Continue reading

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Monday #243

Jack Arnold, part 2 and Inscriptions in books “Gosh,” said Irene again, with a comical air of dismay.”I’m nuts! I go and interrupt my own bit of composing, and rush off to do a job I’m not supposed to do … Continue reading

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Monday #242

It’s bonfire night, tonight. Don’t forget to have a look at our post on Blyton’s Bonfires, Guys and Fireworks, it’s perfect for today. Jack Arnold and Noddy, Toyland Detective “That’s what I was afraid of. I thought you would pick up … Continue reading

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Malory Towers, continued

If you ask me, a Blyton purist, how many books there are in the Malory Towers series I would instantly tell you there are six. If you asked a modern reader they might well say twelve. Twelve?? That’s double! This … Continue reading

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Monday #241

It’s a busy time in the UK at the moment, we have Halloween on October 31st and then Guy Fawkes Night on the 5th of November. If you need some Blyton to get you in the mood for either occasion, … Continue reading

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Monday #240

Five Run Away Together, continued and Putting the Five-Find Outers in order part 3 Lacking an adventure or mystery in Go Ahead Secret Seven, the seven set to practising their skills of shadowing, observing and spying. This gets George into … Continue reading

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Monday #239

Miss Grayling’s Girls – the successes and Jolly Good Food, the Enid Blyton Children’s Cookbook What is the good of a pretty face if there is a spiteful heart beneath it? Has Prudence any real friends, dear? She knows the … Continue reading

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Monday #238

Putting the Find-Outers in Order and Five Run Away Together Mr Galliano’s Circus is more of a thing than a place but I think it can count for location of the week as wherever the circus folk set it up it … Continue reading

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