‘Storytelling is a simple make-believe but she has a knack for making her tales absolutely irresistible to young readers—her specific descriptions of food were the same. The specifics she mentioned are not elaborate—but opposite in fact—but the sheer pleasure she takes and everything from sardine sandwiches to cherry cake sings out of the pages,’ says Allegra.
Enid Blyton’s cookbook has a large variety of recipes for children to make. All of the recipes are based off her books. She has Breakfast with the Naughtiest Girl, Elevenses in the Secret Seven Shed, Picnicking with the Famous Five, Teatime Treats up the Faraway Tree, Suppers on the Secret Island, and Midnight Feasts at Malory Towers. In the beginning of each chapter there are two pages that have to do with food.
The book itself is very colourful and has lots of animations. The illustrations by Mark Beech and photographs by George Glynn Smith that go with the recipes are so scrumptious that you want to try your hands at making the mouthwatering feasts immediately.
I only got to try out one recipe so far. I chose the Raspberry Water And Vanilla Ice from Picnicking with the Famous Five. I do think that the directions could have been a little more precise. Some words she used were ‘eggcupful’ and ‘to taste’. I quite enjoyed the ice.
I read in the book that Allegra started a healthy fast food chain called LEON and is a judge on CBBC’s Junior Bake Off—I love watching baking shows on TV.
Dharma Chari-Letts, age 12, is a 6th Grade student at Grey Culbreth Middle School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.