Enid Blyton has never strayed far from children’s bookshelves, and her books are still so very popular today. One thing I see as a Librarian is that parents trust the content in Enid Blyton books because they read them as a child, they know the content and understand them to be a safe read for their child.
In 1987, I was blessed to win a prize for our schools peddlers parade for presentation and manners. I was so excited to be peddling my dads famous toffee which most likely had sprinkles on top…Neither mum or I can remember what I actually dressed up as but I still have the treasured book I won, The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton.
The Enchanted Wood
By Enid Blyton
Illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone
It is interesting that I call this my treasured book, you see I don’t think I ever finished reading it. I truly did love it, I was beyond excited to win it but I have never really enjoyed fantasy type novels and I think perhaps that started long before I was an adult. However, I have decided that I will read it through before the end of this year.
I did however spend a lot of time admiring the illustrations that Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone have done so beautifully. Each picture is a work of art, the illustrators seem to have a particular talent for faces and hair.
As I mentioned I never finished the book but I did read some of it. I started to get to know Jo, Bessy and Fanny and their excitement in moving to the country in the first chapter, and it certainly gives you a feel for the excitement they have about what they might find in the enchanted woods. I am actually disappointed that I did not finish this as a child because I imagine that looking at this through the eyes of a child would have been something special if I had just persevered.
I recommend this book all the time in my job as a Librarian and I do so because there is a lot of imaginative situations in the book with no swearing and safe topics. I am finding that most of the books by Enid Blyton that are being returned to the Library are The Secret Seven and The Famous Five. I remember my sisters and cousin reading and loving these.
I am glad I got to share this book with you today and I would love to know if you are a fan of Enid Blyton’s books? Do you have a favourite? Where you like me as a child and didn’t make it through to the end of the book?