Another great series by Enid Blyton, Fatty (or Frederick Trotteville...was she being really naughty here with wordplay?) and his friends, known as the "Find-Outers" embark on mysteries each time they are home for the holidays.
I can't quite remember all the kids' names but I think there's Hilary, Pip, Bets (the little girl) and the little Scottie terrier, Buster.
And who can forget the blustery Mr Goon? I love it especially when his poor nephew, Ern, makes his appearances in the books. He's such a funny boy!
My first book was probably "The Mystery of the Banshee Towers". Of course, I can't remember the second or third book but I *think* I have nearly all the books in the series on my bookshelf even though they are quite tattered and torn. Hey, these are genuine, well-thumbed through, well-loved Enid Blyton's paperbacks =)
- a lot of thinking,
- putting perplexing and non-related clues together,
- loads of candy, cream buns and ice-cream (Fatty is a very well-off and generous boy),
- a lot of mischief (oh yes, Fatty's fabulous disguises!!!) and sometimes,
- a bit of danger when the kids try get ahead of themselves.
Luckily, the kind Inspector is always there to help them out of a sticky end...will our kids be as lucky as them today?
Some people don't like these series because Fatty tends to be a rather arrogant boy who thinks way too much of himself and never lets anyone forget that ;-)
Then again, many intelligent people are like that. Fatty's saving grace is his fondness and kindness towards Bets, the youngest member of the Five Find-Outers, whose own older brother, Pip, treats her with disdain.
Got a boy at home who's not that nice to his little sister? Buy him this set of books. Reading about Fatty and his compassion towards Bets and the little dog, Buster, MAY just help him realize that he needs to be nicer to his little sister!
Hmm...think I'm going to dig out some of these old goodies now hahaha. If you read them recently, what do you think?
Check out the cool "Five Find-Outers" on Amazon: