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Noddy Books

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Noddy Books

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Noddy Books

Created by the prolific children’s writer, Enid Blyton, Noddy may be innately English, but he’s crossed the globe to become one of the world’s best-known children’s characters. Blyton’s first Noddy book, Noddy Goes to Toyland, was published in 1949, and she wrote 23 more, with the last one, Noddy and the Aeroplane, appearing in 1963.

Aimed at pre-school children, Noddy lives in Toyland, a place where toys are alive, with his friend Big Ears and other characters, including PC Plod the policeman. In the 1980s, the books were banned from many libraries owing to the racist connotations of the villainous golliwogs. These no longer appear in the books, having been replaced by goblins.

The Noddy books have been translated into 40 languages and have sold more than 200 million copies around the world. He has his own animated TV series, Make Way for Noddy, which broadcasts across the world, and the Noddy books have recently been translated and published in the People’s Republic of China. In France, Noddy is known as Oui-Oui, and is said to be the most popular pre-school brand in the country, outstripping Asterix and Babar.

Photo: Courtesy Harper Collins Children's Books


Your comments

I grew up in England and every child I knew read Noddy books. They are especially interesting because in later years they were frowned on by libraries etc, but I know lots of people who remember Noddy and Big Ears with great fondness. I became a lifelong reader because of them.

sib pryce

My daughter and I came from the US to attend my brother's wedding in County Clare. I discovered a Noddy book and my daughter promptly fell in love with all the characters. Now I'm searching for more Noddy books for my grandson, whose mother enjoyed them so much so long ago.



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