My childhood was filled with books by many an author; Jaqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo and Enid Blyton to name a few. So, when I saw that a collection of Enid Blyton stories was being compiled by a number of authors and celebrities, the ten year old in me was literally jumping with excitement.
It is rare that we get time, as university students, to read a book that isn’t for research or just a compulsory read, so having a book in such short sections is perfect for that break. Reading before bed is proven to help you get a good night’s sleep, and what better book than one that takes you back to the blissful and stress-less nights of ten years ago?
Favourite Enid Blyton Stories is a beautiful hardback that screams maturity, but when you delve into the stories inside, the youthful joy comes springing back. Illustrations are a rarity in the books that we now read, so these playful drawings by Mark Beech remind me of those of Quentin Blake, the wonderful assistant to the magician who was Roald Dahl. The aesthetic is simplistic, and the text is of a decent size, so at the end of a long day, I didn’t have to strain my eyes to see the size 8 font! Winning!
The first story extract has been chosen by Nicola Sturgeon, and although there are many who would turn down the book because of political differences, the opportunity to see these people on such a different level, humanises them in a way that makes you enjoy listening to their stories about the first adventures they went on, via Enid Blyton.
One of my favourite writers, for some easy-reading is Holly Smale, author of the ‘Geek Girl’ series. These books are so relatable for any geeky girl who made faux pas during high school, of which I can recall too many. Her recollection of her chosen extract from ‘The Enchanted Wood’ captures the essence of fun that all of the Enid Blyton collection endeavoured to create. The extract chosen is only over 19 pages, including pages of illustrations. It is such a short length but with so much adventure crammed in, it takes even less time than 19 pages in the compulsory course book that would be your alternative.
This book is truly a delight. As an avid reader from an early age, nothing can beat holding a book and immersing myself into the adventures of the characters. I can only encourage as many Enid Blyton fans as possible to give themselves the chance to enjoy this wonderful experience.