The Last Of The Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews EdwardsThe Last Of The Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards

The Last Of The Really Great Whangdoodles

byJulie Andrews Edwards

Paperback | September 15, 2000

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The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles was the second children’s novel ever written by Julie Andrews, the beloved star of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Perfect for young readers who love whimsical stories about magic!

The Whangdoodle was once the wisest, the kindest, and the most extraordinary creature in the world. Then he disappeared and created a wonderful land for himself and all the other remarkable animals—the ten-legged Sidewinders, the little furry Flukes, the friendly Whiffle Bird, and the treacherous, "oily" Prock. It was an almost perfect place where the last of the really great Whangdoodles could rule his kingdom with "peace, love and a sense of fun"—apart from and forgotten by people.

But not completely forgotten. Professor Savant believed in the Whangdoodle. And when he told the three Potter children of his search for the spectacular creature, Lindy, Tom, and Ben were eager to reach Whangdoodleland.

With the Professor's help, they discovered the secret way. But waiting for them was the scheming Prock, who would use almost any means to keep them away from his beloved king. Only by skill and determination were the four travelers able to discover the last of the really great Whangdoodles and grant him his heart's desire.

The novel was originally published in 1974. This edition includes a foreword by Julie Andrews.

Julie Andrews Edwards is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment. She is perhaps best known for her performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Diaries. Ms. Edwards is the author of many favorite children's books, including Mandy, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and the Little ...
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Title:The Last Of The Really Great WhangdoodlesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.63 inPublished:September 15, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064403149

ISBN - 13:9780064403146

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from imaginative, wondrous story This book reminds me a little of one I read when I was a very young girl, and I wish I could remember the name of it. Julie Andrews Edwards, whom I grew up knowing as Julie Andrews/Mary Poppins, has a very vivid imagination. She created a whole other world with very interesting characters unlike anyone would see anywhere. Three young children meet a professor who teaches them to use their imagination. That leads them into an adventure beyond anything they could have expected. During their visit to a land they can reach only through being open-minded, they get to meet the last of the really great Whangdoodles. It was a very difficult journey for them and through perseverance they are greatly rewarded.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book EVER I was first introduced to this book 15 years ago when I was in grade four. Not only did I love it then, but I never forgot the book. I picked it up 7 years ago when I was in grade twelve and re-read the book then. Since then, I've re-read it an additional two times, and I recommend this book to absolutely every one. Young or old, big or small, this book is not only entertaining but full of imagination and wonder. I will certainly be reading this book many times again in the future and would strongly encourage anyone who enjoys a little bit of imagination in their lives to read it as well.
Date published: 2011-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Classic 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.
Date published: 2009-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book EVER The Best Book EVER this is the most amazing book in the world!!!! I love IT. I have not gotten my copy yet but read it in grade 4 and loved it!! a picture would be good thought.
Date published: 2004-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever. I first read this book 16 years ago when I was 7. I read it at least once a month for the next 3 years, constantly renewing it from the library. It is full of adventure, surprise and fantasy. I remember becoming so entranced by it that I would feel like I could actually see what was happening. The story is written so well that it takes you into their world. I am so excited that I now have a child of my own that I can share this book with! For any child who loves to read this book is a must!
Date published: 1999-12-17

From Our Editors

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this vividly imagined and realized fantasy book has delighted young readers for years. Now in an updated edition and featuring a new preface by author Julie Andrews Edwards, the award-winning star of The Sound of Music, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles remains a story that will excite a whole new generation of readers. Fans will want to meet Whiffle Bird, the splintercat, and others from Whangdoodleland — a surreal place similar to the great Land of Oz.

Editorial Reviews

“Readers will be irresistibly reminded of Oz. It’s a book many children are going to love.”

Employee Review

The older we get the less imagination we have, and this very colourful story made me realize that I'm no longer a child. Imagination is the key to this lighthearted tale of make-believe. Three siblings, helped by a brilliant professor, find themselves on an adventure in Wangdoodle Land, full of many strange creatures and eye-opening experiences. Written by the star of The Sound of Music this wonderful story is sure to jolt your imagination.