The nice, the naughty and the nasty: the tiny world of Enid Blyton

  title={The nice, the naughty and the nasty: the tiny world of Enid Blyton},
  author={Bob Dixon},
  journal={Children's Literature in Education},
  • Bob Dixon
  • Published 1 September 1974
  • Education
  • Children's Literature in Education
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