Category Archives: Review

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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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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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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The Enchanted Wood

For those who are unaware – I have a shameful secret. I have never read The Enchanted Wood or any of the other Faraway Tree books. Take away my Famous Five Club badge and don’t tell me the next password … Continue reading

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Reblog: Five Go off to Camp by March House Books

In a change to the schedule, I thought it was best to bring you something rather than nothing given my no show last week. I’m struggling a lot at the moment to write and read due to work stress and … Continue reading

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If you like Blyton: Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr

Mischief at Midnight is set at Knight’s Haddon, a girls’ boarding school, and the first chapter or two sounds rather like Malory Towers. ON THE SURFACE The language is different – but it has a clear posh boarding school sounds … Continue reading

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Review: Enid Blyton’s Book of Christmas Treats

I was lucky enough to find a copy of this in my branch library a week ago and knew I had to have it for the blog. Much like the Christmas Stories I reviewed last year this is a collection … Continue reading

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Writes like Blyton: The Mysterious Boy by Julie Robinson

It’s a bit late I know but it is a crazy time of year so I hope you’ll forgive me. As stated I am going to take a look at Julie Robinson’s first book The Mysterious Boy. Julie is someone I … Continue reading

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Review: The Mystery of Holly Lane Part 2

So last week I hadn’t managed to read all of the book, so I only reviewed half of the book. This week I will look at the other half. Shall we begin?   The mystery deepens  As the mystery moves … Continue reading

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Review: The Mystery of Holly Lane Part 1

 So I’ve managed to do that thing where I don’t manage to get through the entire book when I set myself this blog to write about on Monday. I don’t think I actually have a copy of this book and … Continue reading

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