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The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, 30th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Dec 23 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 30th Anniversary ed. edition (Dec 23 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064403149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064403146
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 204 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What on earth is a Whangdoodle? A "fanciful creature of undefined nature," it was also once the wisest, kindest, most fun-loving living thing in the world--until people stopped believing in it. When that lack of faith became widespread, the last of the really great Whangdoodles created a special land full of extraordinary creatures: furry Flukes, the sly High-Behind Splintercat, and the wonderful Whiffle Bird. But when an open-minded professor--the one adult who still believes in the Whangdoodle--joins forces with three children with active imaginations, they become an unstoppable team on a fantastic and sometimes terrifying journey to Whangdoodleland.

Readers who have explored Narnia, Oz, or Willy Wonka's chocolate factory will be thrilled at this new destination--a marvelous land that will inspire and stimulate creative and scientific minds. And who better to expose young readers to new ways of seeing, smelling, and hearing than Julie (Andrews) Edwards of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music fame? Her lively and clever style pulls readers along effortlessly; she, like the professor, is one grownup who can teach children never to close their minds to possibility. (Ages 9 to 12)

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"A book many children are going to love." -- "Publishers Weekly"

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This is a book full of action, fantasy, and color. It is unique compared to any other book I have read. When you are reading the book, it is like you are being sucked into the magical world where the story takes place. The details help you to create images in your head, but also leave enough out so that you can form your own picture. This is a fantasizing page-turner for all ages from 7-11 years old.

When Benjamin, Melinda, and Thomas Potter meet Professor Savant at the zoo and he tells them about a strange and mysterious creature called the whangdoodle, the adventure begins. After they convince the professor that they are worthy of seeing the whangdoodle in Whangdoodleland, they start long, hard training sessions of imagination and awareness. When a creature called the prok (Prime Minister of the Whangdoodle) finds out that the children and the professor are going to Whangdoodleland, he does everything he can to stop them, and eventually goes to last resort -- kidnap!
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I read this book at least a dozen times growing up...checking it out from the library each time. It is truly the most imaginative and wonderful book possibly EVER for children. I only found out once I grew up that the author is Julie Andrews (her name listed as Julie Edwards in the book itself). That just endeared it to me even more. The characters are so distinct, especially the professor. The premise may seem off-the-wall...going to another world using the power of your mind...but the way it is written, it seems plausible. And the world they travel to is so magical and special. You feel as if you are along for the ride. I am so grateful I was introduced to this book at an early age, because it fosters in children a creativity and an idea that anything is possible. However, I think anyone of any age would get something out of the book. You have to be willing to open yourself up to something completely unrealistic, but it is worth it.
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By A Customer on May 5 2005
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I LOVE that this book is still in print. I read this book about 50 million times when I was about 8. It was worth it everytime. This is one of the most imaginative and enchanting books I've ever read, as your transformed into the world of your imagination, with no disappointments, and each page is better than the last. I'd strongly recommend this book to any child with an imagination. Happy reading!
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 13 2009
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Professor Savant, world renowned geneticist, has moved into his temporary home near the Potter family. The children run into the Professor at the zoo and are invited to visit him. The Professor tells them of the creature called the Whangdoodle and how there is only one left in the world and he has gone back to Whangdoodleland, refusing to have anything to do with humans. The Professor has tried and has been to Whangdoodleland but he does not have enough imagination and here is where the children come in. With their combined imagination the four of them should have no trouble entering Whangdoodleland and finding the elusive Whangdoodle. Thus begins a strange journey in a strange land filled with strange creatures.

I have such fond memories of reading this as a child. It may have been one the first real fantasy books I read as the the feelings for it are so strong. I must say it didn't quite live up to my remembrances, yet it is still a good story. Reminiscent of an E. Nesbit tale with the dynamics between the siblings this is a very fantastical tale. The 8yo enjoyed it immensely. Edwards is a good writer with a vivid imagination, this book inhabits a Wizard of Oz type of world and I think the book is best enjoyed by those who can dispense with reality and believe the unbelievable. The story is quite far-fetched and over-the-top in believability, but Edwards also has an underlying agenda of asking the reader to accept and embrace the reality of cloning in the future. I found that viewpoint a bit disturbing but it went over the 8yo's head so we didn't discuss it. Overall, a fun fantasy and one that has stood the test of time to become a classic.
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I was introduced to Julie Edwards (as she penned her books then) back in grade 5, all the way back in 1979, in Miss Hansen's class. We listened in rapt attention to this spellbinding book each day during reading period, and each day, when Miss Hansen would come to the end of period, we would beg for more. I remember taking the other copy out of the library and reading it over and over, memorizing it. I loved it so much. I loved the Professor and his take on the imagination. I worried about the kids, and wanted to climb inside the book and have the adventure with them. When I became a teenager I recommended the book to all the kids I babysat, hoping they'd come to love reading as much as I did. In 1989 when the GST was being introduced to Canada, I decided to order the book before it came into effect, and I found out that it had been out of print for some time. I was thrilled that I had managed to procure one of the last hard copies that the distributor had. I read that book to all my neices and nephews, and I'm sure I drove them nuts. I wanted them to learn the art of IMAGINATION. When I came onto this website and saw that it was back in print and in soft cover no less, I was thrilled! I am so happy that a whole new generation of children will be exposed to the adventures of the Potter children and the Professor, and will learn how to use that thing called an imagination. With TV, movies and video games threatening to rob our children of the capacity to generate their own creative ideas, this book can help them learn how to do just that. I know that even though I already had a fertile imagination, this book sowed seeds to help that imagination grow even more. I highly recommend this book to children of all ages. I still like to read my well worn copy, and I like to read it to my neices and nephews too!
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