I am mainly writing this review to say I find no typos or mistakes with this kindle version by Hodder's childrens books. I know that there are some Enid Blyton books with kindle edition by amazon digital, those are the ones with the problems with typos etc. I know because I bought one of those first. so before buying please scroll down and see who the publisher is. Even Hodder has 2 editions available on kindle, 2010 and 2014, I am buying the 2010 because they are a little cheaper, and I find no typos, when they are of the same price I am buying the 2014 version.
Reading this to a child of the 21st century also turned into a history lesson, particularly the constantt reference to the abundance and type of food. It meant explaining about WWII and food shortages in England. In the end we skipped over the contents of the picnic basket and read on. The house with all its secret passages and shadowy adults being shown up by the children meant reading it to my granddaughter both before bed and before school.
My daughter and I have been working our way through all the Enid Blyton books. She loves them, but the actual text itself is fairly poor quality. It was obviously scanned in from the paper books, and no-one has bothered to go through and correct all the typos introduced in the process. So, for example, the dog Timmy ends up as "Jimmy" for pages at a time.
'Five Go To Smuggler's Top' was written in 1945. It is the fourth book in Enid Blyton's popular 'Famous Five Series'. This Kindle edition features a new cover illustration and revised text to bring the dialogue up to date for a whole new generation of readers and also includes a personalized note (dated 14 June 2010) from Enid Blyton's granddaughter - Sophie Smallwood. This is a nice touch!
'The Famous Five' is Enid Blyton's most popular series based on the characters Julian, Dick and Anne, George and Timmy the dog. The first book, Five On A Treasure Island was written in 1942 . The last book, Five are Together Again written in 1963 completes the 21 book 'Famous Five' series.
Although, these stories are around 50 to 70 years old, they remain fresh and exciting today.
What is Blyton's evergreen book formula? It's simple! Enid Blyton created 'believable' characters complete with faults. Young readers identified with these kids back then, and still do so today!
The 'Famous Five' are a group of British children who often stumble upon the most exciting adventures involving smugglers, spies, lost treasures, secret maps, caves, circus folk and gypsies. They holiday in quaint seaside villages or cycle, hike or caravan through the English countryside, often by themselves.
Ginger beer, ham rolls, hot buttered scones, ices and canned pineapples always seem to be the kids' staple diet! Enid Blyton cleverly made these simple meals sound so deliciously exciting!
Over 8 million Enid Blyton books are sold in over 200 countries each year! What is the most successful Enid Blyton series of all time? You guessed! It's 'The Famous Five' :))
5 STARS for 'Five Go To Smuggler's Top' as well as the ENTIRE 'Famous Five' series!