Title: The Magic Faraway Tree
Author: Enid Blyton
Page Count/Review Word Count: 185
I’ve already mentioned the inadvertent inappropriateness of some of the names in the Faraway Tree series, but I think it’s worth mentioning again. In this, the second book in the series, Dick joins Fanny and her friends in the countryside, and they introduce him to their unique friends atop the Faraway Tree.
As always, there’s a unique mix of interesting lands at the top of the tree, and our heroes explore the Land of Dreams, the Land of Toys, the Land of Do-As-You-Please and, my personal favourite, the Land of Presents. While the novel is a little dated, so are all of the classics – at least the language is easy to understand, whether you’re eight or eighty.
Although this is my favourite of all of the Faraway Tree books, it’s worth starting with The Enchanted Wood and reading the novels in sequence – continuity isn’t a problem, but Blyton spends less time setting the scene and establishing the characters in the later books.