I suspect if you asked many people of my generation (and perhaps those born a decade or so before / after) we’d say that Enid Blyton was one of the biggest influences on our reading lives.
I have VERY vivid memories of going to our former library to borrow Noddy books and I LOVED the Faraway Tree, Wishing Chair, Secret Seven and Amelia Jane (though her less so, cos she WAS naughty) but most particularly The Famous Five.
When I made my seachange six years ago I ditched a heap of Golden Books and even quite a few of my Enid Blytons, only keeping a handful.
I recently pulled out an Enid Blyton ‘Annual’ and read a couple of my favourite stories to my godson. And I must confess it was only then I realised the book was (ahem, originally) my older brother’s and not mine! #oops
In case you were wondering, my favourite stories from this collection….
All of which is kinda irrelevant but my usual long-winded way of introducing this new release….Treasury of Bedtime Stories
by Enid Blyton
Published by Hachette Australia, Hodder & Stoughton
on October 30th 2018
Source: Hachette Australia
A stunning treasury of favourite bedtime stories from one of the world's best-loved storytellers. With gorgeous full-colour illustrations by Becky Cameron throughout, this special book is a gift to treasure forever.
Each short story stands alone and takes the reader on a brand-new adventure. From the pixie seamstress who makes dresses for the Fairy Queen, to the little boy who turns into a steam engine, meet a host of magic and memorable characters, brought to life by Becky Cameron's charming illustrations.
The stories appeared in magazines and anthologies published between 1920-1960 and some are collected here in book form for the first time!
I must admit I’d almost forgotten Blyton’s obsession with pixies, elves and spells; as well as with naughty vs nice and life lessons for kids – but reading through this reminded me that she most certainly had some strong opinions. (There’s also a story about a boy called Thomas who turned into a train….)
I also decided this hardcover book was just TOO beautiful for me to keep on a shelf. It should be read. The pages should be turned by sticky children’s fingers, torn and marked. Most importantly the book and its stories (and life lessons contained therein!) should be enjoyed.
So, I’m giving this gorgeous book away.
I made a rather scary clip (below) in an attempt to ensure you see how lovely this book really is; and I say scary because I’m yet to work out how to make / edit decent videos…
I will be picking the winner out randomly (I use a random number generator) and all you need to do to enter is leave a comment below (with an email address) so your name can go in the draw. I’d love to hear of your passion for Enid Blyton, or perhaps you lived a deprived childhood and read Dr Seuss or similar instead?
Treasury of Bedtime Stories by Enid Blyton will be published on 30 October 2018 by Hachette Australia.
I received this copy from the publisher for review purpose and a HUGE thanks to Hachette as it allows me to share it with someone deserving!
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED. THE WINNER IS: TRACEY V, A FACEBOOK ENTRY.