Enid Blyton

Generations of children have enjoyed Enid Blyton books. And as those kids grew up, they introduced their offspring to the many books written by this author. However, some editions, particularly those original Enid Blyton books printed in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, are sought after by serious book collectors.

Enid Blyton achieved real commercial success as an author in the late 1930s with two series: one about a magic chair and the other about an enchanted tree. The first books in these series are, respectively, Adventures of the Wishing Chair (1937) and The Enchanted Wood (1939). Many regard these vintage Enid Blyton books as precursors to the popular kids' fantasy books written today by a myriad of authors.

Some of the most well-liked Enid Blyton books are her mystery books. The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, and the Adventure Series all tell exciting tales of three different groups of children and their pets who discover and bring to justice gangs of thieves, kidnappers, and gun runners. If your children want to start each series from the beginning, check out AbeBooks' sellers for Five on a Treasure Island (21 books in the series), The Secret Seven (book 1 of 15 volumes), and The Island of Adventure (book 1 of 8).

This prolific writer wrote over 700 books for children aged 2 to 14 years old during her writing career. Her fertile imagination combined with a quick writing speed meant she could produce around 10,000 publishable words per day. However, as societal views changed during the decades after her books' initially releases, publishers made subtle changes to the text to fall in line with current ideas. This, of course, makes the original Enid Blyton books very desirable in collectors' eyes.

Buy Enid Blyton books from sellers on AbeBooks whether you want to spark your child's imagination or add to your collection of vintage Enid Blyton books.