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Noddy returns in new book

29th October 2009

The author of the new Noddy book hopes that the character can reclaim his title as a children's favourite and avoid any further controversy.

Published today, Noddy and the Farmyard Muddle is the first book in the series for more than 40 years and sees the little wooden boy get into adventures with old friend Big Ears and some new companions.

However, author Sophie Smallwood - who is the granddaughter of Noddy creator Enid Blyton - decided to avoid using the notorious golliwogs in the new stories, because of their racist connotations.

Speaking to The Times, Smallwood explained that she wanted to retain the spirit of Blyton's original works without the controversy.

'I grew up with this debate about my grandmother's books. I want people to enjoy the Noddy books for what they are, not what has gone on in the past,' the 39-year-old said.

The Noddy series has been translated into 40 languages and sells around three million books a year.

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