The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, 30th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Dec 23 2003
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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)
"A book many children are going to love." -- "Publishers Weekly"See all Product Description
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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!
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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Enjoyable read. Good for the imagination.
Big words for the purpose of ESL students learning to read.
Illustrations would have been helpful.
I received this product in excellent time and it was in perfect condition when it arrived. The library binding is awesome, very sleek and you don't have to deal with a book jacket. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2012 by Racalatta
it is Good book book. Easy to read and fun. Good inspirations for kids and good to inspire the imagination.Published on Jan. 17 2012 by T.S.
Super book. Every child should read it. One of the best. I also recommend The Little Boy by Rohan Hall. Another wonderful book for elementary school children.Published on Dec 6 2005 by Jane
There is so much creative power at work in this story, it's wonderful. I'd give it a ten (on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest) for the imagination alone involved in creating... Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Becky
This book was good. I don't like the people who gave it only one or two (or even three) stars. Read this book and be plesantly surprised. Read morePublished on April 26 2004
"You'll excuse me for butting in," said a voice immediately behind children. "But if you're looking for something really unusual, have you ever considered a Whangdoodle? Read morePublished on March 23 2004
This is a realy good book! I think that the age level intended is 7-12 years. The plot is nice and the characters have alot of energy. Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by The great
I think every 9 year old should read this book. It is very good and there is a lot of suspence.Published on Jan. 24 2004
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