The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
Genre: Children’s fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5
Joe, Beth and Franny move to the country and find an Enchanted Wood right on their doorstep. In the magic Faraway Tree live the magical characters that soon become their new friends – Moon-Face, Silky the fairy, and Saucepan Man. Together they visit the strange lands (the Roundabout Land, the Land of Ice and Snow, Toyland and the Land of Take What You Want) atop the tree and have the most exciting adventures – and narrow escapes.
I loved this book as a child. I remember my Mum reading it to me and my younger brother, and as an adult I look back at not just this book, but the whole Magic Faraway Tree series, as my favourite childhood books. It was an absolute pleasure as an adult reading these. I can’t wait to read them to my children! The book is as fun and as wonderful as I remember it.
The story follows Joe, Beth and Franny as they explore the Enchanted Wood by their new home. In the Wood, they find the trees can talk, that elves live there, and of course the Magic Faraway Tree, which houses many extraordinary folk. People like Moonface and Silky the fairy. Not only that, but at the very top of the tree is a ladder which takes you into a number of different lands. The children explore several of these and end up in all sorts of situations – some fun, such as The Land of Birthdays, and some not as great, such as Toyland. And, the most important thing to remember, is they must get back to the tree before the land moves on, otherwise they could be stuck up there forever!
This book was so much fun! I didn’t want to put it down when I was reading it. I loved being reminded of all the crazy characters, such as Dame Washalot, who regularly soaked the children when she threw her dirty washing water down the tree. I loved the incorporation of fairy tales, such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It is so cleverly written and just a delight to read. I can’t stop gushing about this book – it has adventure, it has brilliant characters and even as an adult, this book is a great read. I kept turning to my husband as I read this book telling him he needed to read it!