News Just In: BBC admits Enid Blyton snubbed for over 30 years

by Anna Blanch on November 15, 2009

One of the most popular children’s authors of the 20th century, Enid Blyton, was snubbed by the BBC because her work was “small beer.” This curious phrase apparently means that her work, including Famous Five series and Noddy, was considered unsophisticated, second rate, and “lacking literary value”

You can read the full article here.

Why is that there is almost an automatic assumption that children’s literature must be unsophisticated? Why is it to be assumed that if part of an author’s intended audience is children or young people that it is entirely made up of children and young people.  If to be sophisticated means lacking in moral fibre or the inability to show restraint then they can have their sophistication. Children are, to be sure, being guided as they grow, but when is it that we reach the point of being able to understand complex storylines and moral dilemmas? is it assumed that there is some sort of switch that is flicked?

(Photo via UK Daily Mail)

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