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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition? part 2

There weren’t too many changes made in the first chapters, but then again the chapters are pretty short! I am comparing the first edition (Lutterworth Press, 1947) to an omnibus edition containing four of the six books (Egmont, 2014). CHAPTER … Continue reading

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The Adventure Series on TV: The Castle of Adventure part 2

I have now watched the second episode of the eight. Previously we saw the children arrive at Spring Cottage which is beside some sort of military operation, and Jack and Philip have been spied on by a strange man. PREVIOUSLY … Continue reading

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Monday #217

We are going to have another TV-themed week here on the blog:  

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April Round Up

I can’t believe it’s May already – perhaps something to do with the snow and hail we’ve had lately. WHAT I READ IN APRIL I’ve been less motivated this month so it hasn’t been a lot: Ramona the Brave (Ramona … Continue reading

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The Saucy Jane Family: How has Blyton’s original text fared in a modern edition?

I’ve been looking for a new book to compare lately – as it has been a weekly scramble to come up with an idea otherwise – and then this rather fell into my lap. Or fell into my Whatsapp conversation, … Continue reading

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The Adventure Series on TV: The Castle of Adventure

I have already watched and reviewed the 8 episodes of The Adventure Series made in New Zealand. You may have tried to repress this information (I know I have) but they couldn’t make The Castle of Adventure, as the rights weren’t … Continue reading

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Monday #215

It’s May now, and I’m not quite sure how that happened! It has been pretty cold the past few weeks here but I’m hoping that will start to change as we creep towards summer. Here’s what we’ve got coming up … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Adventure Island series by Helen Moss

Stef has already suggested this series for fans of Blyton and has reviewed the first book in the series – The Mystery of the Whistling Caves. But that’s not going to stop me from repeating the suggestion (after all we … Continue reading

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The Treasure Hunters reviewed by Fiona

The Treasure Hunters is a title I never read as a child – despite having it as part of a 2 in 1 volume. I had read The Boy Next Door, the first book but somehow never made it to … Continue reading

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Monday #213

My niece turned three this weekend (where has the time gone?) and so I have celebrated that and Easter with much cake. I’ve yet to crack open my egg so I still have something to look forward to! Coming up … Continue reading

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Books for babies: the lead-up to Blyton

It rather goes without saying that I will be reading Blyton to my little boy once he’s born, and encouraging him to read Blyton himself when he’s older. I do have lots of thoughts about that which I may explore … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

I have recently read The Animals of Farthing Wood for the first time. I watched the BBC cartoon as a child and loved it – enough to remember the main plot and some details. I’m also now rewatching the series … Continue reading

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Monday #211

After a surprise round up yesterday (I nearly forgot about it again!) here’s what we have planned for this week:

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March Round Up

The clocks have gone forward, meaning we lost a precious hour of sleep but on the plus side, spring is (apparently) here! WHAT I READ IN MARCH Doctor Turner’s Case Book – Stephen McGann Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella Bonding With … Continue reading

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The Children at Green Meadows part 2

So here is the rest of my review of this book! Previous part can be found here. CHAPTER SIX – A PONY RESCUE IN THE NIGHT The next arrival is a pony called Flash – who pulls the greengrocer’s cart (this … Continue reading

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My Three Least Favourite Characters

Looking for something to write about this week I browsed older posts and spotted Stef’s post about her least favourite characters, and I decided that would be a fine thing for me to write about too. I didn’t have any ideas … Continue reading

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