When you were a kid what books did you read? I suppose that depends on when you were born. Did you read Enid Blyton books? I did. I know she's not that popular now and probably some of the language would be a bit out dated and somewhat alien to our modern kids. Mine thought so.
My adventures with Enid, started with Noddy. My parents even had a Enid Blyton Noddy tape that they used to play in the car on long trips. I progressed next to The Magic Far Away tree, and very much loved and enjoyed the antics of The Naughtiest Girl but, what about the adventures of The Famous Five. George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy the dog? There were 21 books in the series. The last of which was published in 1963. Yes 1963! I read The Famous Five and most of the series many years later. They were a mainstay in my reading education. These five had adventures kids could only dream of.
About 10 years ago Mum gave me a box of my stuff she'd been keeping for whatever reason. Inside was a myriad of stuff, paintings from when I was in kindergarten, my first attempts at writing, you know that stuff parents sometimes keep for brevity to show or give you later on that's quite useless except as a historical time capsule. Lo and behold there was a few Enid Blyton books in this mystery box. Some were water damaged and weren't of much value but The Magic Far Away Tree was readable and so was book 11, in the Famous Five Series, Five Have a Wonderful Time.
Chuffed with excitement, I handed them over to my child, who flicked through the first pages and declared nope she wouldn't read them. They ended up on the bookshelf. I tried a few more times to get her interested but to no avail. They could possibly still be there on that bookshelf, never to be picked up again. What a shame.
Imagine my surprise to see a new book recently by Enid Blyton. I subscribe to a lot of book websites and this book turned up as a suggestion in a marketing email recently. George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy have all grown up and are facing a dilemma. A new book for grown ups. "Julian, Anne, Dick, George and Timmy are all feeling really rather glum, and it's been going on for days. Nothing seems to work, and with their doctors mystified, they're driven to trying out various expedients to cure themselves. Julian goes online to self-diagnose that he's got pancreatic cancer, bird flu and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Anne decides that the old methods are the best and decides to have herself exorcised - which proves to be an awful lot of bother for everyone, and such a mess. Dick goes to a witch-doctor who calls himself a 'homeopath' ('sounds only one short of sociopath, Dick!') but it's George who discovers they need to go on an exclusion diet, so they enter a world of hard-to-find, maddeningly expensive specialist foods . ." Damn this sounds like a hilarious book to read and a scenario many of us have gone through. I doubt I'll ever look at Enid Blyton books the same way again. I'm thinking this would make a great present for a friend of mine (then I could snaffle her copy after she's finished with it.) See what I did there.
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