am 16. April 2012
My old, cherished, Secret Seven book I had (oh gosh!) nearly 30 years ago was a Hodder publication and it simply felt good.
I found these "new" Hodder Famous Five books and I am really impressed with them. The books are "newly" printed on quality paper that doesn't pick up finger grease, yet they have an authentic, comfortable, old-school feel to them. The text is very clear and a good size for reading. Add to that the pictures by Eileen A. Soper (sometimes 1 or 2 per chapter!) and it's a really enjoyable experience to read through them. I read them out loud to the family and find even myself saying "Well, maybe one more chapter...".
am 7. September 2015
THE BEST FOR A FIRST READ!
Enid’s books were the catalyst which encouraged me to start reading more than 50 years ago. Thank you, Enid. The BBC, many libraries, local authorities and alleged educational experts have been completely wrong about the worth of the Blyton works. I can remember having substantial difficulty obtaining the original books as so many places would not stock them. The stories are great to read for their simplicity and straightforwardness.
When one did find copies of the book they were quite expensive all those years ago but great to own. I loved the letter on the back cover from Enid and the physical appearance of the book which I treasured as a youngster with the way the books were produced then which made them somehow much easier to read.
It’s a delight to read the stories again in middle age although recent editing has diminished some of the memories I have of the original editions and words used then (but I am now getting old). Never mind… these books remain one of my best friends for life: they began my reading adventure so do read these special adventures for yourselves.