Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven is being updated for the 21st century after publisher Hachette UK bought the rights to all her works.
First published in 1949, the book is the first in a series released by Hachette’s children’s books division, with the express aims of catapulting Blyton “into contemporary society” so that young readers can relate more to the characters.
While the stories will remain the same, the language will be modernised.
Hachette managing director Marlene Johnson told the Independent: “We will look at all of the works. We modernised the Famous Five last year, amid much murmuring. But these days you don’t talk of jolly japes to kids.”
The Famous Five has already been brought into the digital age, with updated dialogue and new illustrations for modern-day children ahead of the quintet’s 70th birthday this year.
Now the book publisher is focusing on other classic novels by the famous author.