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The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles 30th Anniversary Edition Paperback – December 23, 2003
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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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Top Customer Reviews
I first discovered this book when I was in elementary school, around the time it was written, and I fell in love with it. Fast forward about 10 years to a summer spent as a camp counselor when I read it to a cabin full of 9-11 year old girls who couldn't wait for me to read the next chapter each night. Fast foward another 15 years to a mother purchasing a Harry Potter book from Amazon. Lo and behold the title comes up again in the "people who bought this book also purchased..." line. What a treat to rediscover what I consider a classic.
If you like the Harry Potter books or the Oz books or any book that takes the you to imaginary places with imaginary creatures and imaginary landscapes then you'll love it.
Three rather ordinary children ranging in age from 7 to 13 happen across Professor Savant. He agrees to give them lessons on how to reach the magical place. What he is really teaching them though is how to see the world in a different way. They really do reach the land of the Whangdoodle and have many adventures while learning a lot about themselves along the way.
This book is filled with factual information as well. Only one small piece has become out of date, concerning DNA research, since the book was written. The rest is solid and very informative for intermediate grade students. I have seen this book used for literature study in a 5th grade classroom and it worked marvelously.
Why 5 stars?:
This book should have no problem holding the attention of 9-12 year olds though it is quite lengthy. The themes of using our imaginations and being creative are ones that are important for every age group. As well, there is lots of factual information in this book. It will serve well as a discussion starter and in literature study groups (not to mention it is also an AR book).
Lindy, Thomas and Benjamin are three ordinary children who meet and are taken under the wing of the extraordinary Professor Savant. Together they discover a unique land filled with rare and wonderful creatures like the Slippery Prock, the High-Behind Splinter Cat, Tree Squeaks and Flutterbies. They take a ride on the Jolly Boat, cross trecherous terrain and face many challenges on their way to meet the reclusive Whangdoodle.
With the Professor's guidance, the children prove that preconceived notions can be a handicap, and that faith and perserverance can help one achieve nearly anything.
This book is right up there with "Edward Eager's "Half Magic" and E. Nesbitt's "Five Children & It."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was read to my class by my fifth grade teacher and I have loved this book ever since! Its so hard to find! Read morePublished 10 days ago by ahtx
The best summer reading project ever! Perfect for read-aloud practice or create a Whagdoodle Adventure Club grab your buddies and make your Scrappy Caps and join the Potter... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Beverly G.
My teacher read this to us in 3rd grade and this is still in my top 5 books, and I'm receiving my undergrad in MayPublished 27 days ago by Codi
This was my favorite book in elementary school. I dug it up again and read it to my kids, ages 4, 7, and 10, and they were captivated. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Harris
I have not yet given the book to a child, but I am disappointed there are no pictures and it is too long to hold the attention of a young child.Published 2 months ago by Katrina
This is one of my favorite children's books. I bought several copies as gifts to a school.Published 3 months ago by Music Enthusiast
A beautifully written and engaging story. So much fun, colorful detail. I've had the best time reading this book to my 6. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephanie