Storybook Heroes No 8: Noddy

Meet the brilliant fictional characters who have become timeless classics in the world of children's books

Storybook Heroes No 8: Noddy

Storybook Heroes No 8: Noddy

BORN Toyland, 1949

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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!
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READ MORE: Noddy Goes to Toyland by Enid Blyton is published by HarperCollins