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Monday, 7 January 2013

Enid Blyton Challenge!

I made this: Avid Reader at 8:45 pm
One of our Superstar Guest Stars has agreed to a new challenge based on our chats relating to #LBCPuffins.

Helen was intrigued about our constant references to the various series created by Enid Blyton and decided to set herself the task of reading one a month to see what all the fuss is about!

Can't wait to read each review as they come!

Thanks Helen!

Helen's Enid Blyton Challenge

About the Author

Enid Blyton is one of the most-loved authors in children's publishing. With over 700 titles published, Enid Blyton's stories remain timeless classics, adored throughout the world. As a young woman Enid was faced with many choices: her father had planned a career in music for her, while she felt drawn to writing. In the end, she became a teacher. In 1922, a collection of poems by Enid was published, it was her first step towards her dream of becoming an author. Aged 27, Enid married Hugh Pollock and moved to London. 

Enid had two children with Hugh, and soon after wrote her first novel, The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair. Enid divorced Hugh after almost 20 years of marriage, and married Kenneth Waters in 1943. Throughout the 40s and 50s, Enid wrote books at a colossal pace: adventure stories, mysteries, magical stories, farming stories, stories for younger children, best-selling series like The Famous Five and Noddy. Enid fell ill with Alzheimer's disease and she died in 1963. 

Her spirit lives on in her books and she is remembered as one of the most-loved and celebrated children's authors.

For 2013 and leading from Book recommendation discussion for LBCPuffins I have set myself a challenge to read some Enid Blyton books. I think as a child I only read one and it’s one that my
Grandma gave me and has always stuck with me and it’s first on the list is - The Book of Brownies!

So here is the list. It’s 12 so I can read one a month and hopefully, borrow or find them in charity

The Book List

Dec - The Twins at St Clare's
Nov - The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat
Oct - The Naughtiest School Girl
Sep - Mr Galliano’s Circus
Aug - The Boy Next Door
Jul - Adventures of the wishing Chair
Jun - The Magic Faraway Tree
May - The Enchanted Wood
Apr - The Adventures of Scamp
Mar - Secret Seven
Feb - Five on a treasure Island
Jan - The Book of Brownies

Helen tweets from @isfromupnorth and has her own blog Hello from me to you.

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Laini Bop on 8 January 2013 at 17:18 said...

Oh, I am so jealous of your challenge, I've always loved the St Clare books and of course my favourite of all are the Magic Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair books! Best of luck, you'll love them all I'm sure!

Eni on 17 January 2013 at 01:52 said...

I too was fascinated with Enid Blyton's books as a child in that I even attempted writing a novel based on her literature. Though those plans fell through, instead, later, I was able to write and publish a book on her, titled, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage (www.thefamousfiveapersonalanecdotage.blogspot.com). Stephen Isabirye

Tony Payne on 17 January 2013 at 21:06 said...

I grew up with The Famous Five, The Secret Seven and the Adventure Series. Enid Blyton meant everything to so many of us kids growing up in the UK in the 50's and 60's.

Michael on 25 March 2013 at 20:55 said...

You really ought to have had one of the Adventure series on your list, I couldn't get enough of Kiki the (rather cheeky and mixed up) Parrot when I was a child!


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