this is a great thread and a great idea. I do remember seeing the TV series about this from Britain and I liked it alot. We use to watch it in primary school and it was very popular. This thread has prompted me to read these books. I've just read the first three and enjoyed them. Though much of the magic is gone due to my age, these books would bring great joy and pleasure amongst younger readers.
PS: It's about time we start discussion on a new author/book