Monthly Archives: January 2014

Five on a Treasure Island – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part five

I’m sure by now these posts don’t need any real introduction. This one looks at chapters nine and ten, and continues to suggest that more action equals more editing! Earlier posts can be found here, here, here and here. CHAPTER … Continue reading

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Hunting for Blytons in Hull

I remember reading an article in a newspaper not long ago, can’t quite remember the title, the exact words, or even the newspaper itself, but the article read something like ‘Enid Blyton falls from top 10 children’s books.’ This got … Continue reading

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Creative Kid Thursday – Wonder Reader Faith Jackson!

Originally posted on This Kid Reviews Books:
Today I want you to meet Faith Jackson. She reads like crazy! I applaud Faith, who is 9 years old and read 272 books in 6 months. So all of you that think…

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Last Monday in January

Gosh hasn’t January gone quickly? I can’t believe that by the end of this week we shall already be in February! Anyway time waits for no man (or woman) as we well know and we are in to another week … Continue reading

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Island of Adventure: Stef’s Thoughts

So I purchased and started reading the Adventure Series properly earlier this year. I collected a set of early editions  from ebay and set about reading them. I know Fiona has already done reviews on the Adventure Series (the Island … Continue reading

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Looking at The Famous Five Annual 2014 part one

As I mentioned before, I got this for my birthday. I’ve only briefly skimmed it until now, so I thought it was about time I actually read it, so I will share some of my thoughts on it as I … Continue reading

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The Rosewood Mystery by Cathy Chapter Two

EXCITING PLANS! Diana had a lovely talk with her mother on the phone. Mrs Lynton thought it was a lovely idea and was a lot more relieved than she let on to Diana. She had, of course, been looking forward … Continue reading

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Another Monday

So it’s Monday again, where did the weekend go? Well, wherever it went it’s now another week, and time for me to tell you what’s coming up on the blog. We’ll have more fanfic for you this week, Wednesday will … Continue reading

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The Missing Papers: A St Andrew’s Adventure Chapter Ten

Hi everyone, so as I said in my Monday post, I didn’t know what to give you today, so I settled for another chapter of The Missing Papers! I hope you enjoy it as much as the last couple of … Continue reading

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Five on a Treasure Island – How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part four

Having read chapters seven and eight a line at a time I can now say I found thirteen changes between them (again, not including random adding and removing of hyphens or I’d be here for a week.) Apologies in advance, … Continue reading

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The Marsh of Adventure by Poppy: Chapter Eleven

NOISES IN THE NIGHT Four subdued children sat in the boys’ tent as thunder rolled, lightning flashed and rain lashed down. By now they were rather damp, and had given up their game of cards. They were rather hungry, for … Continue reading

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Monday Monday Monday!

Another week into the New Year, where is it going?! It seems to be heading by so fast already! Anyway, this last week, we reached a tremendous new score for our most viewed day. We went up from 298 to … Continue reading

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Making Blyton’s Food: Jam Tarts

The name says it all, doesn’t it? Jam tarts. Probably the most iconic food of children’s literature, immortalised in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and they were a staple favourite of Blyton, appearing in two books that spring to … Continue reading

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How to make canvas wall art

I got crafty again last year and made Stef another Christmas present, another Famous Five themed one. It wasn’t actually what I had originally intended to do, but I hadn’t been able to find an important component of my original … Continue reading

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World of Blyton Exclusive Interview with JEMIMA ROOPER

We’ve had this lurking in our drafts for a little while, and we’ve been so excited it was hard to keep it a secret. But finally, to make that first week back at work more bearable, here is our exclusive … Continue reading

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First Monday of the year

It’s the first Monday of 2014, and with a lot of grumbling most of us are back at work (I’m definitely grumbling.) It’s not all bad, though, as we have something very special and exclusive lined up for Wednesday, so … Continue reading

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