For those 80s and 90s kids who were yet to experience the magical world of Harry Potter, there was a different fantasy realm that held our fancy. The allurement of all things glitzy and dreamy transported us to wonderland, and Enid Blyton’s books in particular held open the doors to us for this fascinating venture into wizardry and charm.
THE FAMOUS FIVE
Set against the pictorial background of Kirrin Island, Enid Blyton’s series The famous Five explores the adventures and thrills experienced by the four cousins Julian, Dick, Anne and George together with their pet Timmy as they set off on a string of adventures. A rather engrossing series of 21 books, The Famous Five is what lends a sense of mystical delight and thrill to our life back in childhood.
THE SECRET SEVEN
Helmed by Peter and including his sister Janet along with friends Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbora as well as the golden spaniel Scamper, The Secret Seven was intended as a secret society to investigate and solve all sorts of mysteries while having fun. The 15 books that form this series all exhibit an underlying sense of engagement and responsibility for issues that plague society at large.
THE WISHING CHAIR
The name itself invokes magic to the ears indeed! And it is indeed one delightful ride for the readers as they cruise along with Mollie and Peter to see their friend Pixie and the magical wishing chair they had chanced upon sometime. A classic collection of 3 books in the series serves to enchant young tots with a world of magical exploits.
THE ADVENTURE SERIES
Set amidst the most jaw dropping of locations and even in picturesque foreign lands, The Adventure Series traces Philip, Dinah, Lucy- Ann, Jack and his talkative parrot Kiki as they frequently deal with risky experiences. Made up of 8 books in the series, Enid Blyton sure takes us on an adrenaline rush with this offering.
THE FARAWAY TREE
At the edge of the Enchanted Wood, Jo, Bessie and Fanny discover an eponymous faraway tree with branches reaching out to the clouds, and they naturally embark on adventures on this magical giant in the 4 books of Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree series. With a host of utterly delightful and colorful characters, the series certainly tends to every child’s fascination of a happy, imaginary world.