Hodder Children’s Books is to publish limited editions of the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton in May to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the publication of the first Famous Five book, Five on a Treasure Island.
The covers of the books will be illustrated by contemporary illustrators including Quentin Blake, Helen Oxenbury, Emma Chichester Clark, Oliver Jeffers and Chris Riddell.
Publishing director Anne McNeil said: “When I first wrote to Quentin Blake with this idea, it seemed a long shot. His response, however, was enthusiastic and open. The Famous Five are held in deep affection up and down the country. We identify, it seems, with these children who are so full of optimism and life.”
The artwork will be auctioned to raise funds for the House of Illustration, which will also receive a percentage of the royalties. Each title will retail at £5.99.