Enid Blyton & Jeanne Willis
Enid Blyton & Emily Lamm
Hodder Children’s, 2021
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
The Magic Faraway Tree with its ladder at the very top leading through the clouds to wondrous lands of adventure and magic has been a favourite for generations and has always been my go-to read-aloud when introducing young children to the concept of series with their continuing settings and characters.
Now, almost 80 years later , two new stories about two of the favourite residents of the Faraway Tree have been created to introduce this magical world to a new generation of young readers and have them clamouring to read more.
In Silky’s Story, the children arrive at The Tree to discover it silent, its leaves on the ground, its fruit eaten and, as they climb, they follow a trail of mess, mud and fruit stones. Their friends are all frightened and Silky the fairy is missing! It seems that the Land of Roundabouts and Swings has arrived at the top of the tree and an unusual and seemingly unpleasant visitor has come down the tree causing havoc and taken Silky back to the Land with him…
Meanwhile, in Moonface’s Story, it is Moonface’s birthday and he wants to hold a party for all his special friends. Of course, birthday parties always require cake but when he tries to bake a cake it ends up burnt. Will he find help in one of the wonderful lands at the top of the Faraway Tree?
Lavishly illustrated in bold colours, both books make both the perfect bedtime story as well as taking the child to ‘old worlds, new worlds and other worlds.’ The perfect entrée to the main course of the complete collection – The Enchanted Wood , The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree.