My library, along with many others, has seen a gradual decline in the popularity of children’s author Enid Blyton.
Over the past few years the occasional book would be checked out here and there but never on a regular basis. However, as I mentioned in a previous post Enid has crept back into our library top ten! It is totally due to the arrival of a full set of the ‘Famous Five’ hard back books donated in pristine condition: children as well as adults enjoy the look and feel of a new book.
My book group of 10 children, 5 boys, 5 girls; had mixed views on the stories. I gave them each one of the books wrapped in brown parcel paper and asked them to read and review the ‘NEW’ books for the library.
After chatting to the children, I was amazed at how many of them hadn’t heard of the Famous Five, let alone read anything by her. I was pleasantly surprised to find that 8 out of the 10 really enjoyed the book and would like to read more of the adventures; also indicating they would recommend them to a friend.
This got me thinking – an opportunity for another Library event ~ A Famous Five Picnic!
I am now in the process of planning the picnic and will let you know details shortly (there will be lashings of ginger beer, of course!).