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Good Idea, Amelia Jane (Amelia Jane)
Age Range: 5 years upwards
Enid Blyton’s Amelia Jane is big, bad and the terror of the toy cupboard – but the other toys have had enough of her behaviour and are set to teach her a lesson.
Amelia Jane gets up to as much mischief as ever, swapping the toys’ wind-up keys – so that the clockwork robot is jumping like a rabbit, the motor-car is turning head-over-heels and the mouse is zooming along like a train! Then she hides things inside the poor old bear’s tummy, pours water down everyone’s clothes! It’s all in a day’s work for naughty Amelia Jane. But the toys do sometimes manage to get her back – like painting spots on her to make her think she’s got the measles, and making a special record to tell her what they really think of her!
Short chapters and beautiful illustrations make Amelia Jane perfect bedtime reading for children aged six and upwards. A richly nostalgic offering for grandparents and parents to share with the next generation of Blyton fans.
Enid Mary Blyton (1897 - 1968) was an English author of children's books.
Born in South London, Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to editor Hugh Pollock, with whom she had two daughters. This marriage ended in divorce, and Blyton remarried in 1943, to surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters. She died in 1968, one year after her second husband.
Blyton was a prolific author of children's books, who penned an estimated 800 books over about 40 years. Her stories were often either children's adventure and mystery stories, or fantasies involving magic. Notable series include: The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers, Noddy, The Wishing Chair, Mallory Towers, and St. Clare's.
According to the Index Translationum, Blyton was the fifth most popular author in the world in 2007, coming after Lenin but ahead of Shakespeare.