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Jolly Good Food by Allegra McEvedy

Allegra McEvedy is a Blyton fan. I hate reading that when about to read or watch a work based on Blyton’s books. I hate it because it always gives me hope that this one will be good, and inevitably it … Continue reading

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Five Run Away Together

I’m not doing all that well at reading through the Famous Fives am I! Once upon a time I could devour the 21 books in a matter of weeks, now I’m lucky to get through one a month. But here … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens

Cream Buns and Crime is part of the Murder Most Unladylike series about two girls – Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong – who run their own detective agency at boarding school. We’ve already reviewed the first in the series, Murder Most … Continue reading

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Five Go Adventuring Again

After finally reviewing Five on a Treasure Island it has taken me a while to get around to reading the next book, but I’ve done it now. FOLLOWING IN BIG FOOTSTEPS Five on a Treasure Island is such a strong … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Borrowers by Mary Norton

There are five books about the Borrowers (and one short story) all written by Mary Norton between 1952 and 1982, but this post will focus mostly on the first in the series. The Borrowers (1952) The Borrowers Afield (1954) The … Continue reading

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Five On a Treasure Island

Five on a Treasure Island is an important book. It’s the first book of what is probably Enid Blyton’s most famous series, The Famous Five. It’s so important we have more than a dozen posts dedicated to it already, and it’s … Continue reading

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The Magic Faraway Tree part 4

Last time we ended on a minor cliff-hanger. The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe had stopped living in her shoe and had taken up residence in Moon-Face’s home instead. Obviously that just wouldn’t do so we can now … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: The Secret of Cliff Castle by Mary Pollock

I think it is safe to say that if you like Blyton, then you will also like Mary Pollock. WHEN IS ENID BLYTON NOT ENID BLYTON? When she’s writing under the pseudonym Mary Pollock. But then you already knew that, … Continue reading

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The Magic Faraway Tree part 3

The last chapter I read ended after they returned from the weirdly wonderful Land of Dreams. I wonder where they will be off to next! THE LAND OF TOYS In another random moment of the tree having a schedule the … Continue reading

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Ripping Things to Do by Jane Brocket

You may recognise the name Jane Brocket, she wrote the recipe book Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer as featured quite a few times when Stef has tested out the Blytonian recipes. I’ve been reading Ripping Things to Do with interest … Continue reading

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The Magic Faraway Tree part 2

We left Jo, Silky and the others in The Land of Spells last time – he had just been turned the right way up. MOON-FACE (AND OTHERS) IN WONDERLAND The next disaster, which perhaps borrows a little from Alice in Wonderland, … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr, part 3

Last time I left you with lots of questions, and hopefully now there will be some answers. But first, another question… IS EVERYONE INSANE? The protesters all have crazy names and Edie ends up at their encampment. Janet’s supposed to … Continue reading

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The Magic Faraway Tree

Having finally read the first book in the series, I figures I should just crack on with the second! That raises a minor point though, what’s the series called? The Enchanted Wood series, or The Faraway Tree series. Both are … Continue reading

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The Enchanted Wood part 3

I’m only just over half way through the book (57% according to Goodreads) and I’ve already written two posts! There is just a lot to write about between all the characters, new lands and crazy adventures. I’m sure there will … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr, part 2

Here is part two of my review, where a lot of things hot up. HALF-TERM Next up is an exceat weekend – done a little bit differently from the Malory Towers or St Clare’s half-terms that we are familiar with. … Continue reading

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The Enchanted Wood part 2

So here we are, ready to see what lands the children will visit and what other strange characters they will meet. THE FIRST LAND AND THE SLIPPERY-SLIP Arriving at the top of the tree the children creep through a hole … Continue reading

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