The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton


Addition: Paperback
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!

I have a fairly new addition of this book, which contained illustrations. I have to say, I even liked them! Here is an example of one of them:
The Enchanted Wood Characters

I loved everything about this book. I loved it as a child, and I love it as an adult. This book is so worth reading! I can’t fault it in anyway!
5 star

9 thoughts on “The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton”

  1. I just came across your blog. Very impressive. I’m curious about your backstory though. How do you make the time to read so many books?

  2. Enid Blyton’s The enchanted Wood series is really a fantastic world woven for children.As a child I read Famous Five And Hardy Boys, I didn’t know about the enchanted wood and the faraway tree. My daughter Ambalika who is nine years now introduced me to this magical world.I love her for that.These books are a must read for every child.So go and grab your copy.

  3. fantastic story could not stop reading it. Fabulous for kids so definitely recommend more people to read. Great lovely little book for kids from 7-13 so spread the word. I personally feel like it’s real and I’m inside the story i can’t ask for it to be any better.

    Maddie age 11

  4. We are reading it as a class and I think it is getting better every chapter. Thanks Enid Bolyton

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