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date: 15 June 2019


The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

A character created by Enid *Blyton in 1949. The idea of Noddy arose when David White of the London publishers Sampson Low was sent specimen drawings by a Dutch artist, Harmsen van der Beek, who specialized in pictures showing (in White’s words) ‘fantastically lively little people, beside tiny houses in the lee of bluebells as proportionately big as trees’. White had the idea of teaming van der Beek up with Blyton, and arranged for them to meet. Blyton was immediately excited by van der Beek’s work and on the spot she thought up the character of Noddy, a toy figure of a small boy whose head is fixed in such a way that he has to nod when he speaks. Van der Beek sketched Noddy while they were discussing the idea and four days later the first two Noddy stories had been written. The first of them, ... ...

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