Sunday, October 04, 2009

Sunday Mini Reviews: Five Go To Smuggler's Top by Enid Blyton

The Famous Five is just one of the many series British writer Enid Blyton wrote, but this is the most famous one. Blyton died before I was born, but I read all the books in the Famous Five series, and I loved them dearly.

My favorite one was Five Go To Smuggler's Top in which Julian, Dick, Anne, George and the dog Tim are spending the Easter holidays in a large, old house used to be a smuggler's nest. When they discover signalling at night and underground tunnels, the suspense is almost unbearable!

Does kids today enjoy The Famous Five series? I know it is still published.


farmlanebooks said...

I haven't read a Famous Five book since I was about 10. It would be great to read another one now. I have no idea if children today would still enjoy them - I'll let you know in a few years time, once my boys are a bit bigger!

Dorte H said...

Great cover!

I loved them when I was a child, and so did my children, but my youngest is 19 now so I don´t know if they count? :D

Vivienne said...

I loved Enid Blyton books as a child. My favourite ones were The Magic Faraway series. My kids won't touch Enid Blyton books and I wonder if now they may be a bit dated, which is really sad.

Suzanne said...

I've never heard of the Famous Five, but loved the suspense of Nancy Drew while I was growing up. Sounds like a wonderful series though! Thanks for sharing this today! I'm going to check out Enid Blyton now! I always love to learn about great YA mysteries!


Anonymous said...

I loved The Famous Five series. In fact, Enid Blyton is probably the main reason as to why I love reading so much.

While I enjoyed Smuggler's Top, my favourite Famous Five remains Five Run Away Together.

In bookstores, now-a-days, I see so many books that weren't around when I was a child, and it almost depresses me... then again, I don't know what the new books are like, so I probably shouldn't jump to conclusions.

Beth F said...

These are new to me. I'll have take a look for them at the library. Lile Suzanne, I read a lot of Nancy Drews.

Eni said...

I loved The Famous Five series in that I have written a book about them, notably "The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage" (

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