Delight as ‘lost’ Enid Blyton book is discovered

By Jonathan Brown

Crikey! Lovers of Enid Blyton can look forward to lashings of words from the pen of their favourite writer after the discovery of a previously unknown book, written at the height of her imaginative powers.

Mr Tumpy’s Caravan was discovered among works and manuscripts belonging to the late author’s eldest daughter when it was purchased by the Seven Stories children’s archive and gallery in Newcastle last year.

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Get the dirt on researching

From the Bright Ideas blog

DiRT is the Digital Research Tools wiki. It is designed to collect information on tools and resources for scholars, but many tools suit the needs of the primary and secondary classrooms. DiRT provides a directory of tools organised by activity, such as ‘author an interactive work’, ‘collect data’, ‘create a mashup’, and ’search visually’.

Author Interview: Felice Arena

Felice Arena is one of Australia’s best-loved children’s writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children’s books including the Boyz Rule series, the Girlz Rock series, Wish, Bravo Billy, Breakaway John, Dolphin Boy Blue, Mission Buffalo, the Farticus Maximus books and, of course, the Specky Magee books.

Felice is the co-author of the hugely successful Specky Magee books, which, as we all know, I went to an event for them last week.

Felice recently answered the following question for Lit Life:

Mr Men books to be turned into Hollywood film by Fox

Twentieth Century Fox have confirmed work has begun on bringing Roger Hargreaves’ beloved Mr Men illustrated series of children’s books to the big screen.

The Mr Men illustrated children’s books are set to be turned into a Hollywood film (Pic: Channel 5)
Producer Shawn Levy is currently working on the adaptation but as yet no writer or director have been attached to the project.

Hargreaves wrote a total of 48 Mr Men books, each of which featured a new character, all of whom embody one particular emotion or trait, such as Mr Tickle and Mr Happy.

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First Books and Early Language Development

Jo Burnell (in KBR) treats us to this amazing post on the correlation between early language development and choosing first books for your child. Jo is an experienced paediatric speech pathologist with a passion for books.

‘What’s the point of all this alliteration business, anyway, and why do we bother to make things rhyme?’

This comment by a fellow writer took me by surprise. I had no idea that the links between normal language development and our writing techniques were not common knowledge.

Matching your writing techniques to the developmental skills of your target age group is a key to winning children over. It’s what makes children’s eyes widen with delight and lures them back for more. When a toddler is working hard at combining two words, their favourite books inevitably model how this is done.

As a speech pathologist who has helped children with communication difficulties for more than twenty-five years, it’s hard to know where to begin. Instead of presenting a mini-thesis, I’ll try to summarise some key points about normal patterns of language development and link these landmarks to how we write for children.

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