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The Valley of Adventure

(Adventure #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,710 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Nothing could be more exciting than a night flight on Bill’s plane! But Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, and Jack soon find themselves flying straight into a truly amazing adventure. What has happened to Bill? Who are the two strange pilots, and what is the secret treasure hidden in the lonely valley where the children land?
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Macmillan UK (first published 1947)
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This might be one of my favourite Enid Blyton books. It's sheer magic!

Jack, Philip, Dinah and Lucy-Ann (not to mention Kiki) are all set to go on a plane trip to their friend, secret agent Bill Cunningham's house for a few days. But a mix-up sees them boarding the wrong plane and falling headlong into another adventure - this time in a beautiful, abandoned, war-torn valley - involving a couple of escaped prisoners, a secret cave, a hostage, a daring rescue mission, a map and lost tre
Brett Howe
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot say enough good things about this book. The only reason you would have to not want to read is if you were interested in reading the previous 2 books in the series. Because you should read those first. Anyway. I read this with my 10 year old. And what a joy it was. Kids on adventure. Enid Blyton knows how to tell a good tale. This one set in a mystery valley accessible only by plane. I can picture this valley now, waterfall and all. As soon as we were done with this book we dove right in ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Old memories. Read it again after many years.
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Valley of Adventure is the third book in the series. This starts differently from the other two books. There is no relaxed fun and slow build up. It has a rapid start with Jack, Phillip, Lucy Ann and Dinah finding themselves marooned in a strange valley in the middle of nowhere with criminal elements for company. They have to figure out a way either to get out of the place or survive there while remaining out of sight of the criminals. This story kind of reminded me of Robinson Crusoe, one o ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-kids
I loved the Adventure and Famous Five series when I was a kid. The books had been passed down from my mom, who had also loved them. I was anticipating that re-reading this one as a 40-something would be a disappointing experience but it was totally the opposite. I got completely sucked in and read it through in one sitting. Obviously, the books are dated. They were written more than 60 years ago in a world vastly different from the one we live in now but I think they hold up for the most part. O ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a good book!!! I really enjoyed how much action and suspense there was. In my opinion, the Valley of Adventure has always been the best in the Adventure series. Enid uses an amazing style of writing. I believe that this book, although wrote many years ago, is still very good for adventure loving kids of today. Any kid that loves adventures and mysteries would love this, and it's a good way to get them off video games. The characters are packed with character. This series to this day ...more
R.J. Rodda
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A rollicking adventure. The Kiki bits have my children cackling but be warned this is darker than some of the other Enid Blyton books. The children are trapped in a valley with some nasty men who are after Nazi treasure. A prisoner (not the children) is hit by the gang and starved. Jack himself is in a physical fight with a man and also ties an unconscious man to a tree and abandons him. I did not like this as much as her others but Kiki is as always great.
When I started reading this book, I thought this was a book that I had not read. But as the story progressed, I started having this feeling about having read this story. Especially the caves part of the story looked familiar. I am still not sure if I have read this book earlier.
Anyway, it was a great read. One of the best books written by Enid Blyton. As awesome as her Famous Five books are. It was suspenseful and adventurous. Can't wait to read all the books in this series soon!
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god, IT WAS SO EXCITING! *flails madly* Why did I not read this series when I was younger? Why did I not even know about it until Alex gave me the books? Oh well, more excitement for now I guess. ;) I'm reading through the whole lot and I have five left now, and four of those are new to me. :D
Mary Taitt
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book very much as a children;s book--it was exciting, adventurous and engaging, a page turner. Four children and a parrot are accidentally whisked away in the wrong plane to a deserted valley by bad guys who intend to steal treasure stolen from churches and villages by the Nazis and hidden away in caves.
M.K. Aston
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very exciting children's story. Brings back lots of fond memories too.
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the best one in the series so far....the best adventure!
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book holds a special place in my heart because it was the very first book I had picked up in this series (my favourite too!) and because of a bittersweet childhood memory that's attached to it.

I still keep my original copy of The Valley of Adventure, now browned and aged but still in pristine condition.

When I was reading this as a child, I had not known that Enid Blyton was referring to the paintings, jewels, religious statues, books - treasure that people took from churches, libraries an
Another library bingo book. I know, starting on book 3 of the series. I figured it was a kid's book, so I could probably pick up all the character development. (Although starting here certainly makes their policeman friend seem *extremely creepy*.)

But he barely appears. A good adventure book, the sort I would've loved at that age and found pleasant enough now. Extremely resourceful kids of both genders. (Although at my age, I found myself wondering about how they solved potty problem
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The third Adventure book puts the children in a particularly thrilling situation. About to go on a trip with Bill, they get by mistake into the plane a group of crooks are using, and are taken to an isolated and uninhabited valley in the Alps, with breathtaking scenery and ruins of burned old buildings. There's just no apparent way to leave the valley, and the bad guys are after some kind of treasure hidden during the war. The children have to hide from them, obtain food and shelter and try to e ...more
Katie Grainger
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a child I read this book and it always stayed with me as one of the best books I read. I could remember the cave where the children hide vividly and on second reading as an adult it didn’t disappoint!

The story is surprisingly believable and you can see where Enid Blyton got her inspiration from. I loved this story on second reading and I am looking forward to reading more of the adventure series. I am unable to remember whether I read the other books in the series as a child so I am looking
Emma Lai
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When the four mistake take the wrong plane they end up in a isolated, lonely valley. 2 pilots are in the valley and are looking for the secret treasure. Through secret caves and friends the four manage to find the secret treasure. Despite lack of food and water the four children are able to survive. This book is very interesting and explores the adventure genre. I hope you enjoy reading the Valley of Adventure!
Sandy King
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such fun! Better than the Famous Five books because the Famous Five sometimes come across as obnoxious. Philip, Jack, Lucy-Ann and Dinah are resourceful, level-headed and kind. And Kiki the parrot is hilarious. All the excitement of a thriller but without any scary bits. Great fun.
Ayush 1
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so awesome, so well written, so vivid, you felt like you actually spent days in the valley. One of my favourite books.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read as many of Blyton's Adventure books as my library had when I was young. Stumbled onto this one that was new to me, and I could not resist re-visiting the kids.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is better than the Famous Five and Secret Seven series by a massive margin.

Also I think this is my favourite Enid Blyton book overall.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was definitely determined to read and enjoy this series - why else would I force myself to read this??
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
100 stars from Henry, age 7 who said he loved it and the best bit was the end where it was all so exciting!
Jackie Wadsworth
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jackie by: My mother. 30+ years ago.
So this is one of my favourite books. Favourite Enid Blyton books, favourite books in general.

It starts with the lovely Bill Cunningham, or Bill Smugs as he is known and loved, having been taught how to fly an aeroplane (which when these books were written were still quite a new and exciting thing) and taking the Adventure children (Philip, Dinah, Jack and Lucy-Ann, plus Kiki the parrot) on a night flight as a special treat.

Only, as could only happen to these children, or the Famous Five, the
A.R. Collins
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I did think that if I gave five stars to an Enid Blyton book these days, it would be this one. I loved reading it as a child, before I turned all snooty and started caring about things like plot contrivances and plot and character inconsistencies. Actually, this one doesn't have too many of those, but it does have its share. The situation is probably a little more contrived than that in The Castle of Adventure (Adventure Series, #2), where it went on my list of imperfections, but this time the story ...more
Jack, Lucy-Ann, Philip, Dinah and Kiki are off on another adventure this time they begin with a trip in an aeroplane with their friend Bill but soon matters take a dramatic turn when they become trapped in a remote valley. They find they must fend for themselves until they await rescue. But they aren't ones to sit around before long they are in the midst more intrigue which involves perilous risks, but that doesn't stop Jack, Lucy-Ann, Philip, Dinah and Kiki.

Another fun adventure and
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This, in my opinion, is one of the best books Enid Blyton ever wrote. For some reason I always liked the Adventure books better than the Famous Five. For one, there are less of them. Second, I'm utterly hipster and like something that's not totally mainstream. Third, lovely Timmy is taken out of the equation and replaced by KIKI, who I LOVE! And lastly, these books just feel a bit more sophisticated. It's common knowledge that Julian, Dick, Anne and George are eternally ten, eleven, eleven and twelve. ...more
Jake Collins
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This adventure story is extremely exciting and perilous. The setting is superb, with plenty of hidden places and secret passages, all vividly and wonderfully realised.

There is even historical context to get into, as the story is set firmly in the aftermath of the Second World War (thus rendering any misguided attempts to modernise the text or illustrations utterly pointless) and the children find themselves searching for a cache of Nazi treasure.

All four children get thei
Fabian {Councillor}
I've first read this as a child and don't know how often I actually re-read this. Often. Very often, I guess. It is my favourite book of Enid Blyton's, including some of the most appealing settings I've ever read about. Seriously, reading the summary, this book sounds weird. But reading the book, suddenly the summary sounds weird, not truly captivating the book's essence, the magnificience of how Enid Blyton managed to paint those characters and create a plot around them.

It has been
Leore Joanne Green
Apr 22, 2007 rated it liked it
Oh how I've missed this series. I think this was my favourite series by Enid Blyton, and it is much more successful than the 'famous five'.

Nice and safe adventures with stupid, witless crooks, lots of food (there is always lots of food in Enid Blyton books!) and sleeping on "soft and springy moss".

Of course there is the somewhat annoying issue of the sexism in the books, which comes to light in the boys doing all the dangerous thingswhile the girls stay to "keep watch" on the c
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Enid Mary Blyton (1897 - 1968) was an English author of children's books.

Born in South London, Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years be

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