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5 Fun Facts About Enid Blyton's Noddy

The little wooden boy has been a beloved children's character for decades. Find out five fun facts about Enid Blyton's Noddy below.

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1. In total, 24 Noddy books were written by Enid Blyton and published between 1949 and 1963.

The first was called Noddy Goes to Toyland; the last was called Noddy and the Aeroplane.

2. The iconic original illustrations that so delightfully brought Noddy to life were drawn by Dutch illustrator, Harmsen van der Beek.

Van der Beek's charming style was preserved by a number of Noddy illustrators, including Robert Tyndall, Peter Wienk and Mary Brooks.

3. Noddy fans were able to indulge in a wealth of Noddy merchandise, too.

This included Noddy soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, pyjamas, bedsheets, lamps, toys, board games, wallpaper and curtains. Noddy merchandise continues to be widely available today, although much of it has been designed to complement the animated Noddy TV series rather than Enid Blyton's books.

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4. Noddy first appeared on stage in 1954 at the Stoll Theatre in Kingsway, London.

Sadly, this came to an end when the Stoll Theatre was knocked down in the late 1950s and replaced with an office block. However, Noddy returned to the stage in 1993, appearing at the Wimbledon Theatre and then on a UK tour.

5. Since Noddy's first appearance in 1949, over 200 million copies of his stories have been sold around the world in 40 languages.

Noddy's adventures continue to be hugely popular - a whopping 4 million copies are sold every year.