Stef’s Winter and Christmas Reads Part One


Yesterday we hit the twelfth month of the year – December and we all know what December means: Christmas!

Now I don’t know about a lot of you, but when I think of Enid Blyton my mind doesn’t automatically go to the winter/Christmas stories that she wrote. I know that when I think of Blyton my mind automatically goes to her books on the perfect summers and spring times with holidays in abundance; lots of picnics, walking, cycling and swimming.

I know that Blyton has a fairly strong Christmas repertoire and in this blog post I hope to highlight some of these works for you so you can spend your long December evenings curled up with a good Christmas story by Enid Blyton. And maybe this list will help with padding out your Christmas lists! 😉

I’m going to start with five Winter/Christmas books from Blyton for you to enjoy!

[Some suggestions taken from the Enid Blyton Society forums!]

1. Five go Adventuring Again

Cover from "Five Go Adventuring Again" illustrated by Eileen Soper

Cover from “Five Go Adventuring Again” illustrated by Eileen Soper

The second Famous Five adventure takes place in the run up to and the days after Christmas. Filled with good food and a mystery within Kirrin Cottage itself, and a great deal of snow, this thrilling book is worth a read on the run up to Christmas for sure.

Images from "Five Go Adventuring Again" illustrated by Eileen Soper

Images from “Five Go Adventuring Again” illustrated by Eileen Soper

2. The Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage

Cover from "The Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage" illustrated by Treyer Evans

Cover from “The Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage” illustrated by Treyer Evans

The 12th book in the Five Find-Outers series, we have a nice winter mystery which includes hot drinks in the dairy as well as finding a stolen painting in the village of Peterswood.

Images from "The Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage" illustrated by Treyer Evans

Images from “The Mystery of Tally-Ho Cottage” illustrated by Treyer Evans

3. The Six Bad Boys

Cover from "The Six Bad Boys" illustrated by Mary Gernat

Cover from “The Six Bad Boys” illustrated by Mary Gernat

Bob, one of the six boys plans to spend Christmas down in the cellar of the ruined house where the group originally met. Rather emotional, so make sure you have plenty of tissues with you when you read this one!

Images from "The Six bad Boys" illustrated by Mary Gernat

Images from “The Six bad Boys” illustrated by Mary Gernat

4. The Rat-a-Tat Mystery

Cover from "The Rat-A-Tat Mystery" illustrated by Anyon Cook

Cover from “The Rat-A-Tat Mystery” illustrated by Anyon Cook

More of a January mystery for this book in the Barney series, but still one to read in the the depths of winter. The snowy landscape helps create a great atmosphere when the children are hot on the heels of another mystery.  Snowy footprints it a great image to take from this book . Something I always like when it snows – seeing all the footprints left.

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Images from “The Rat-A-Tat Mystery” illustrated by Anyon Cook

5. The Secret Seven

Cover from "The Secret Seven" illustrated by George Brook

Cover from “The Secret Seven” illustrated by George Brook

The first book in the Secret Seven series set in a wonderful wintry scene where the boys pretend to be snowmen, and the seven have mugs of blackcurrant tea (actually quite yummy!)

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Images from “The Secret Seven” illustrated by George Brook

As you can see, snow features quite heavily in my first five books full of Blyton’s wintry wonderlands. Why don’t you look out and read a few yourself?

Let me know which one you prefer below and hopefully next week, I’ll have a few more suggestions for you to get your teeth into!

Enjoy 🙂

All images taken from the Cave of Books at http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk
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2 Responses to Stef’s Winter and Christmas Reads Part One

  1. I try to read every single one of these books every Christmas! I don’t know which is my favourite – the Rat-A-Tat Mystery or Five Go Adventuring Again. I also love Five Get into a Fix!

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  2. chrissie777 says:

    Don’t forget about “Mystery of the Secret Room”.

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