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FP now includes eBooks in its collection. Book Details. This is the first of Enid Blyton's thrilling 'Mystery' books.

It is the story of five children and their dog Buster. They become detectives, trying to discover who set fire to a thatched cottage, and what an exciting adventure it became! Brief Summary by Julie Heginbotham: One April night, the sky of Peterswood is lit up by the brightness of a cottage on fire.

Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Bets, Pip, and Buster the dog, set about trying to solve this exciting mystery of who burnt down Mr Hicks' cottage workshop in his garden. They make lists of suspects they want to interview and try and find as many clues as they can, whilst trying to avoid the wrath of the village policeman, Mr Goon, who the children nickname 'old Clear Orf.

Limit the size to characters. However, note that many search engines truncate at a much shorter size, about characters. Your suggestion will be processed as soon as possible. Enid Blyton was a prolific English author of children's books. Born in London, she began writing while still in school. Her first attempts at writing were rejected by publishers which just made her more determined to succeed.

She trained as a teacher and in her spare time continued to write. Her first book, a collection of poems, was published in Her first series of books, "Old Thatch", began in and eventually encompassed 28 books. In the 's she began to churn out books sometimes three or four per year. By the 's she was publishing upwards of 50 books per year. In all, she wrote over books which sold over million copies. While critics called her writing unimaginative and lacking literary merit, this did not stop her adoring fans from scooping her books off the shelf.

Even after her death, her endearing stories continue to draw the rapt attention of children everywhere. Enid Blyton Society Most of Blyton's books were illustrated. Unfortunately, many of the illustrators are not yet in the public domain here in Canada.

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Author Bio for Abbey, Joseph. Joseph Abbey was an English book illustrator. He was born in Amsterdam but his family moved to England when he was an infant. His father having died and his mother was committed to an institution, he was moved to an orphanage where he grew up. He demonstrated talent early in his life when he won a drawing competition for a picture of a clown at age He started illustrating books in the s and is best known for illustrating six of Enid Blyton's stories in the 'Five Finder-Outers' series.

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The Five Find-Outers Mystery Series

After reading through the complete Mystery Series for the umpteenth time I suddenly started to wonder what they would all be doing now, at this moment in time. That was in the year I quickly did some calculations of their ages by the information Enid had given in her books. Fatty was twelve in the first book, and the year of publication was , so that would put him as being born in Fatty would have been seventy-seven, if he were a real person, and retired.


The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage (Five Find-Outers #1)

Enid Blyton's creation Frederick Algernon Trotteville, the plump little boy responsible for solving a score of mysteries thanks to his cunning disguises and penchant for ventriloquism, has been given a twenty first century makeover that sees him considerably slimmer and sporting a pair of jeans. Together with his fellow detectives Larry, Daisy, Pip, Bets and Buster the Scottie dog, Fatty "with his wide grin, his twinkling eyes, his mad jokes — and his extraordinary habit of suddenly finding himself in the middle of peculiar mysteries" has been updated for a new generation of readers by publisher Egmont Press, following a survey of parents and children aged between six and 11 years old commissioned by Chorion, owner of Blyton's literary estate. Shown a series of potential covers for the Mystery series, Egmont said that readers surveyed plumped overwhelmingly for a contemporary photographic look. Thaxton said the children hadn't been allocated set parts; "We didn't want to get into that," she said. Thaxton said she was now keen to provide photographic jackets for the other Blyton series which Egmont publishes: the boarding school tales Malory Towers and St Clare's, the Wishing Chair books and the Faraway Tree stories. Enid Blyton. This article is more than 11 years old.


Enid Blyton's Fatty gets a 21st-century makeover

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