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Famous Five Titles That Never Were!

Updated on December 29, 2014
My daughter's battered copy of "Five Go Adventuring Again" and audio CD
My daughter's battered copy of "Five Go Adventuring Again" and audio CD | Source

Famous or Infamous?

Do you like the Famous Five by Enid Blyton?

My kids love them, but are they really "Famous" or ...Infamous?

The Famous Five children, and their dog Timmy of course, have lovely holidays and get up to lots of "high jinks", but regularly get themselves into trouble too.

Many jolly japes exploring a secret tunnel, turn into capture at the hands of pirates, or an evil uncle (they seem to have an awful lot of them).

Even my kids have noticed this propensity for the (In)Famous Five to head straight for the nearest villain.

If I was their parents, I wouldn't let them out of the house!

Read on to find out more.

No Ginger Beer was harmed in the making of this article.

Famous Five Trouble Makers

One day, we were talking about the Famous Five kids and laughing about how ridiculous some of their stories were (or was that all their stories?).

This has led us to ask some very tongue in cheek questions about the Five kids, such as:

  • "If the Five were real kids, wouldn't they be completely traumatised, or at least, on medication of some kind?"
  • "How would the Five grow up to cope with any kind of normal life?"

As a result, we've had a lot of fun, dreaming up pretend book titles for "What the Famous Five Never Did".

Below, I have listed them out and give you have the chance to vote on your favourites.

"What ho!"

Which is your favourite alternative adventure for the Famous Five?

See results

The Real Thing

Just to put the balance straight, here are some of the best real Famous Five books, at least they are, according to my daughter.

Famous Favourite

To the right is my daughter's favourite Famous Five book.

She says that's because "it has a secret passage, a chase and a villain in disguise".

That makes it absolutely spiffing!

Famous Five Audio

I Say.

Here's two Famous Five stories in Audio form on CD.

Ideal for those times when you're in the car and the kids don't want to read (or if they get travel sick when they read).

...a secret passage, a chase and a villain in disguise

Five Famous Smugglers

My daughter likes this one because:

  • it "has loads of secret passages" (you might see a theme developing here...) and
  • "they have to try to keep Timmy the dog in the house, without anyone knowing"

Another winner, I guess.

Comments Please

Do you or your children like the Famous Five?

Did you enjoy the fake titles or can you think of better ones?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

© 2013 Tim Bader

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    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      You're welcome - glad you found it helpful.

    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      They're quite quaint (many of them were written in the thirties, I think), but they are a good read for the right age group.

      Thanks for reading.

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have never heard of the Famous Five books. They seem like a good read.

    • Lorelei Cohen profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      4 years ago from Canada

      My grandkids are just entering this age group of reading books and devouring every book their eyes can latch onto. Thank you for the book author to look into.

    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Glad you liked it!

      Thanks for reading.

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      5 years ago

      Love this idea - Good fun!

    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Ben Reed: Thanks - glad you liked them!

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      Ben Reed 

      5 years ago from Redcar

      The alternative titles are a great idea....

    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @BritFlorida: Of course not, Brit - What ho!

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      No ginger beer was harmed ....... :)

    • Tim Bader profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @anonymous: Hi Sarah,

      Funnily enough I never read either of those! :)

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      5 years ago

      Love the alternative titles. Especially 'Five get hospitalised' and 'Five find out Timmy's a girl'.

      Personally I preferred the 'What Katy did' and Heidi series of books, those girls were pioneers of girl power. :-)


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