No adventures for me over the Easter hols. No real ones anyway, but I have been having rather a wizard time reading these old Famous Fives I picked up at an op-shop for twenty cents a pop.
I guess you could say as far as adventure's concerned, I've been living vicariously through Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy.
And while the antics of those wild and crazy kids failed to capture my imagination with the same page turning fervour as they did when I was ten, all that talk of ginger beer, potted meat, jam tarts and ginger cake certainly tested my resolve to drink green juice. Chocolate eggs? pass. "Melt-in-the-mouth shortbread"? YES please!
Blyton even makes boiled eggs sound delicious - and I hate boiled eggs! Always lashings of them, bought from a friendly farmer's wife, and served with a "screw of salt".
Enid's marvelous descriptions of food and picnics more than make up for her lack-lustre titles.
Anyway, this time round it was Eileen Soper's gorgeous illustrations that caught my eye. I thought you might like to see them too...
The end papers in Five Go Off In A Caravan (first published in 1946, my op-shopped copy, 1952) are particularly lovely.
It's that eau de nil green mostly I think...
p.s. love the title of this one!
as is the 'colour plate'
"Merran Lake - they decided to have a picnic by the lake."
Here are the end papers from:
Five Have A Wonderful Time (first published 1952, my copy 1952!)
Five On A Treasure Island
This was the first of the "Fives" books, published in 1942. My copy is a spring chicken, published in 1975.
Five Go Off To Camp
first published 1948, my copy 1975.
Five Run Away Together
first published 1944, mine 1975.
and Five Get Into Trouble
first published 1949, my copy published (and given to Tania with love from Mum, Dad, Donna, and Nicky) in 1975.
Btw, there are twenty one Famous Five books in total. Written between 1942 and 1962.
To end, here is the dreamy cover pic of my 1975 copy of Five On A Treasure Island
good old Timmy!
You might like to check these contemporary covers designed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Famous Five last year. Oliver Jeffers' cover for Five Go To Smugglers Top is my fave.
Were you a "Fiver" or did you prefer the Secret Seven?
Maybe you've never heard of them, and aren't really interested either...I know my own kids would be bored stiff!