One of the best in the series, and one of my personal favorites. This time, our five friends: Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy of course, set out on a holiday in caravans each drawn by a sturdy little horse. The trip starts off peacefully enough, but of course an adventure soon appears...this time from the circus camp located near where the five are staying. Why are Lou the acrobat and Dan the clown so eager to be rid of the five? Be prepared for the usual hair raising adventure filled with nasty tempered criminals, secret passageways and a lot of scrumptious sounding food. Pass the tomatos please! This book stands out thanks to the strange circus folk the five befriend along the way including a couple of circus dogs, a hilarious chimpanzee, and even an elephant who loves to play cricket!
The Famous Five - three siblings, their cousin and her dog - are probably among the most famous of Enid Blyton's literary creations, coming in just behind Noddy and The Magic Faraway Tree. They are certainly the best-known of her juvenile detectives series (would kids these days even know who The Secret Seven and The Five Find-Outers are?) and the adventures of Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy the dog have...
Enid Blyton... What can you say about her that hasn't been written a thousand times? One of the classic authors (in the sense that her books are considered classics of the genre) that made growing up in England a singular experience (along with Captain W. E. Johns, author of the Biggles series of WWI flying adventures). I believe that while the wording may appear a little stilted these days, with humorous expressions such as "You are such a brick Julian" (a very good thing by the way...), being almost too English for many folks to truly appreciate; these books transmit something quintessentially English... moral standards. These books were written at a time when people knew right from wrong, and "doing the right thing" and keeping your word really mattered. They are a flash back to another time, a time we could use a little bit of today...
I have most of this series of books, and read a chapter to my 8 and 5 year olds every night. In fact, they sit on the bed buzzing with...
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