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Famous Five Titles That Never Were!
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.
Which is your favourite alternative adventure for the Famous Five?
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.
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
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.
- Enid Blyton Society
The Enid Blyton Society was formed in early 1995. If you are interested in more about the author of the Famous Five, then this is the place! They have information on all her books (not just the Famous Five), a newsletter and more.
- Enid Blyton On Wikipedia
Shorter article about Enid Blyton, including some modern controversies about some of her books.
- Enid Blyton's Famous Five get 21st-century makeover | Books | The Guardian
Interesting article in the Guardian newspaper: "No more 'jolly japes' and 'lashings of pop' as dated language is revamped for new generation of readers."
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