Keris Stainton, author of Della Says OMG, shared her idea with us here:
‘If I could go to any fictional place, it would be…’
…The Magic Faraway Tree
I was obsessed with Enid Blyton books when I was little and I collect them now I’m, er, bigger. I loved the Malory Towers series and the famous boarding school is probably the second fictional place I’d choose to go, but I have to pick the Magic Faraway Tree first and I’ll tell you why:
I want to eat Pop Biscuits, Google Buns and Toffee Shocks.
I want to meet Silky and the Saucepan Man and Moonface.
I want to slide down the Slippery Slip and give my cushion to a squirrel.
And if those things aren’t exciting enough, there’s also the ever-changing Lands at the top of the tree! The Land of Do-As-You-Please. The Land of Take-What-You-Want (I’ll have an iPad). The Land of Toys. The Land of Goodies (plum pies, cakes and treacle). The Land of Dreams. Even The Land of Medicines so if I was ill I could make myself better. What more could anyone need?
I re-read the first book in the series recently and while I was surprised that the storytelling wasn’t as good as I remembered, it still felt entirely magical. I credit Enid Blyton with giving me a love of reading, which (eventually) turned me into a writer. I wonder if she hangs out in The Enchanted Wood… I’d love to thank her
Thanks, Keris. We’d like to hear where Bookbabblers would go to, if they could, too. We’ll also be asking other authors this question, so watch this space.