Storybook Heroes No 8: Noddy
BORN Toyland, 1949
DEFINING MOMENT “What’s your name?” shouted Big Ears. “I haven’t got one,” said the nodding man. “What do you suppose my name ought to be?” “Noddy, I should think!” said Big Ears. “Yes! I think your name is Noddy, little nodding man.”
WHY WE LOVE NODDY
- His sartorial elegance: who else would wear red shoes with blue ribbons, a polka-dot neckerchief and a blue hat with a bell?
- The Fifties’ quaintness of the original stories, penned by the inimitably prissy Enid Blyton (without the lashings of ginger beer).
- He has a yellow open-top sports car.
- The politically incorrectness of his friend’s name – and they haven’t succumbed!
READ MORE: Noddy Goes to Toyland by Enid Blyton is published by HarperCollins