Enid Blyton’s Return?

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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!).

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  1. This is pretty funny. We haven’t done the wrapping a book in a paper bag thing yet but The Mountain of Adventure is a Golden Ticket book. I was hesitant to invest in Enid Blyton books because they are so old fashioned but one of our girls did enjoy the St Clare’s series so maybe we will get more pupils choosing to read good old Enid! I never cared for the Famous Five but I did love the Folk of the Faraway Tree and the Wishing Chair; as well as The Naughtiest Girl in the School!

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