The Indomitable noddy
Noddy is a little wooden boy who lives in his own little
House-for-One in Toyland. The first book explains Noddy's origins. He
was made by a woodcarver in a toy store but ran away after the man began
to make a wooden lion, which scared Noddy. As he wanders through the
woods, with no clothes, money or home, he meets Big Ears, a friendly
Big Ears decides that Noddy is a toy and takes him to live in
He generously provides Noddy with a set of clothing and a house for
him. While Noddy is quite happy to be a toy, the citizens of Toyland are
not sure that he actually is one. They put Noddy on trial and examine
whether he is a toy or an ornament.
Eventually, Noddy is declared a toy, but still has to convince the
court that he is a good toy. The judge accepts that Noddy is good after
a doll tells the court that he saved her little girl from a lion; and he
is allowed to stay in Toyland. Noddy gets his car in the second book. It
is given to him after he helps solve a local mystery.
Noddy is a self-employed taxi driver. Noddy loves driving his friends
around Toytown in his little red and yellow taxi.
The other toys can hear him coming by the distinctive "Parp, Parp"
sound of his taxi's horn and the jingle of the bell on his blue hat.
Often he uses his car to visit all places in Toytown. When his taxi
business is not doing so well, or when he needs help, Noddy turns to Big
Ears. Big Ears will often lend him what he needs. On occasion, Noddy
will allow people to make his head nod, in exchange for small items,
like his morning milk.
Noddy's constant companion and household pet is the exuberant "Bumpy
Dog". Bumpy accompanies Noddy on almost all his adventures. Noddy is
kind and honest, but he often gets in trouble, either through his own
misunderstandings, or because someone (usually the naughty goblins Sly
and Gobbo) has played a trick on him.
He is very childlike in his understanding of the world and often
becomes confused as a result. For example, in the first Noddy book,
Noddy and Big Ears are building Noddy's house for one. Noddy suggests
that they build the roof first, in case it rains.
With no understanding of gravity or of the need for roof supports,
this is perfectly logical to him. As the series continues, Noddy becomes
wiser but without losing his charm and lovable naivety. To be continued