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.

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    Meet Noddy the little wooden boy who comes to life in Enid Blyton's most enduringly popular creation. Noddy has to find a way to make money for himself as he settles into life in Toy Town. Will he find a job cleaning houses and washing cars? Or will his new car help him earn money? First published in 1950, this edition contains the original text by Enid Blyton and illustrations by Hamsen van der Beek.
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    Tying in with the popular new TV series based on Enid Blyton's classic stories, this book follows Noddy as he embarks on a new career as Toyland's detective.

    If there's something lost, missing or unusual happening in town then Noddy, Bumpy Dog and Revs the car will investigate. A dream team, they will do all they can to find out what's going on and make things right.

    With the help of his Who-What-Where book, Noddy asks questions and uncovers clues to solve the mystery and save the day. This is a brilliantly bright and appealing book for any Noddy fan.