Wednesday, June 3, 2015

My Favorite Author As A Kid

The other day, this kid came into my store, with a long list of holiday assignments he was supposed to do with the help of internet. He is one of those local kids who don't even have a computer at home, forget about internet.

Now, I don't really understand the point of giving such "internet assignments" in schools these days, but that calls for another post... a "rant" post... some other time. Let's get back to the topic on hand today...

One of the assignments on that kid's list was "write a review of a book by Enid Blyton". Now, naturally, he was supposed to read that book first, but he had decided he was going to skip that step! Therefore, I was asked to look up an Enid Blyton book review from the net and give its printout to him.

That made me think...

As a kid, the maximum number of books that I have read by a single author were that of Enid Blyton.



I've been to the magical world of fairies, goblins and pixies in her Faraway Tree series. I've been on the Adventures of the Wishing-Chair. I've been friends with The Naughtiest Girl in the School and have dreamt of going to a school like the Malory Towers or St. Claire's. I've devoured the adventures of The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Then there was the Five Find-Outers series and the Adventure series. And let us not forget little Noddy here!

As per wikipedia, Enid Blyton has written over 750 books during her life span. I doubt if I've read even half of them. Nevertheless, she remains my favorite author as a kid.

Who was your favorite author as a kid? Would you recommend his/her books to your kids too?

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This is my third post for KBL Jun 2015: My Favorites.
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14 comments:

Sreesha Divakaran said...

Schools have internet assignments now?? Really? <#%$%^%&^*>

Yeah, I loved her too! Famous Five, especially! In fact, I was just thinking a few days ago if kids still read her books.

Laurel Regan said...

Oh! Enid Blyton was absolutely my favourite author as a kid! I especially loved the Famous Five, the Secret Seven, and both the St. Clair and Malory Towers books (they made me dream of going to boarding school, LOL!). My Grandma used to hunt down Enid Blyton books at thrift stores and always managed to score a bagful for me whenever she came to visit. Thank you for the lovely memory. :)

Carol Graham said...

Mine was Emily Dickinson. I don't understand why it is so difficult to get kids interested in reading today. So sad

Chicky said...

Oh Sreesha... they have such weird internet assignments nowadays! At times, I go crazy searching for all that info! I wonder... do the teachers actually believe that the students will be doing those assignments on their own?

I haven't seen too many kids read Enid Blyton these days. I haven't seen too many kids read anything these days actually! So no surprise!

Chicky said...

Oh Wow, Laurel! That was such a wonderful thing your Grandma did! I love people who gift me books. Unfortunately, there are so few of them! :(

Mithila Menezes said...

Aah! The only reason I loved Enid Blyton was because of the lovely mouth-watering descriptions of lunch, breakfast and tea! The chocolate cakes, caramel puddings, jugs of lemonade, and lovely picnic baskets! My favourite character in the Faraway Tree series is Moonface.. *_*

Chicky said...

Carol, you like Emily Dickinson? I'm afraid I don't much understand poetry! Especially the abstract ones with hidden multiple meanings! :(
Kids have too many other distractions these days (computers, Cable TV, mobile phone games) to get them to sit in one place and read. Changing times.

Chicky said...

Oh, Mithila! You reminded me of all that yummy food I've dreamt about! :D
I read the Faraway Tree series so long ago, I don't remember any of its characters! :(

Vinay Leo R. said...

Without a doubt, Enid Blyton left a mark on my childhood too. Even now, when I feel low, I go to the library and take a Famous Five book and read. It cheers me up loads :)

Chicky said...

Ditto, Leo! Except that I re-read one of the school series! Great mood-uplifters!

Shilpa Garg said...

Enid Blyton is my absolute favorite. Have grown up reading Famous Five, Malory Towers, Secret Seven. Every time I have to buy a gift for a child, my first choice without a doubt are Enid Blyton's books.

Harini said...

Enid Blyton was one of my favorite authors while growing up too. But frankly I gravitated more towards Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries than Enid Blyton books.

Chicky said...

Best gifts for kids, Shilpa! I wish more kids read books these days

Chicky said...

Ahhh! Nancy Drews and Hardy Boys! I liked Nancy Drews more, Harini. They were my favorite after I grew out of Enid Blyton's. In fact, once upon a time, I wanted to grow up to be a private detective like Nancy Drew! :P

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