FA­MOUS FIVE: FIVE AND A HALF- TERM AD­VEN­TURE

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TBy Enid Bly­ton, Il­lus­trated by Jamie Lit­tler, Ha­chette, soft­cover $ 12.99. HE Fa­mous Five Colour Reads se­ries pairs orig­i­nal Enid Bly­ton sto­ries with mod­ern colour il­lus­tra­tions, with the aim of bring­ing some of the works of this much- loved au­thor to a whole new gen­er­a­tion of read­ers.

For the first time, the com­plete text of Bly­ton’s short story Five and a Half- Term Ad­ven­ture ap­pears as an in­di­vid­ual vol­ume, bro­ken into short chap­ters. With the text un­changed, I’m not sure how this will trans­late with to­day’s young read­ers.

How­ever, some of this re­viewer’s own fond­est mem­o­ries of school in­clude be­ing read the Fa­mous Five books by our young male teacher, com­plete with all the voices, so if chil­dren can still find plenty to en­joy in the works of an au­thor who has been loved for gen­er­a­tions, so much the bet­ter.

In Five and a Half- Term Ad­ven­ture Dick, Anne, Ju­lian, Ge­orge and Timmy thwart a pair of thieves who steal a valu­able puppy from a dog show. Other books in the se­ries in­clude Good Old Timmy and A Lazy Af­ter­noon.

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