Want to go on an adventure with the last four gnomes in Britain? Hell Yeah!
When my son was about five years old, he was obsessed with Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ books. After reading him twenty, one after the other, I was seriously losing the will to live. I took him to the library in the hope of tempting him with a book that didn’t involve gypsy-bashing or lashings of ginger beer. Luckily, by chance, we discovered BB’s ‘The Little Grey Men’.
What a find! Together we followed the adventure of the last four gnomes in Britain. One morning, Baldmoney, Sneezewort and Dodder decide that it’s time they head off in search of Cloudberry who had gone exploring some time ago but never returned. The gnomes build a boat and leave the comfort and safety of their oak tree home and set out on an exciting quest across the countryside through the changing seasons.
It was such a thrilling adventure! The description of the gnomes’ journey really captures the wilds of English fields, woodland and riverbanks as well as the creatures that inhabit them. My son loved it so much we had to read the sequel, ‘Down the Bright Stream’ too, and I wasn’t complaining – it got me out of reading that last ‘Famous Five’ – hooray!