The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards

6 May

Happy MONDAY!!! Did anyone notice I’ve been kind of “gone?” Well my posts still posted but I wasn’t here. Last Tuesday my parents picked us up early from school. We had to drive my mom to the airport to catch a flight going to Chicago for a business trip. When we were half-way to the airport, my parents told us they lied… my mom’s work wasn’t sending her to Chicago, they were sending her somewhere else and we were all going to…

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DISNEY WORLD!!!

My parents had this planned for a while and they really got us! We had no idea. While mom went to work, my dad took us to the parks. Mom got to meet up with us for some fun too.

Josie was excited to meet Cinderella.

???????????????????????????????I was more impressed with Lady Tremaine (the Wicked Step-Mother). πŸ™‚

???????????????????????????????Although, to me, the coolest thing was… THIS!

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It says: Here lies Prudence Pock. She died, it’s said, of Writer’s Block. – I found it in the Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion (in the cemetery)

THANKS MOM AND DAD!!!

I also want to tell you about Susanna Leonard Hill’s “Can’t Sleep Without Sheep Jingle Contest” to celebrate the release of her book as an ebook. You can check out all the entries HERE. I will (hopefully) be posting mine tomorrow.

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Sorry if I didn’t comment on some posts, but I’m trying to catch up πŸ™‚

Now, back to your featured program:

whangadoodThe Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles (25th Anniversary Edition)

By Julie Andrews Edwards

Published by HarperCollins Publishers on December 16, 1996

224 pages – ages 8+

Ben, Tom and Lindy didn’t know what to think of Professor Savant when they first met him. As they got to know him more and more, the kids find out he’s a really nice guy. The Professor teaches them about the Whangdoodle (a creature that is kind and beautiful) and how the WhangdoodleΒ  really exists and he is searching for it. The Professor also teaches the kids about life and to really “see it” and “hear it” and “smell and taste it”. The Professor and the children find the secret way to Whangdoodle Land only to find trouble waiting for them. They all work together to find the last Whangdoodle.

THIS

BOOK

WAS

AWESOME!!!

Let me say it again… AWESOME! It was s story like the Chronicles of Narnia where I got very involved in it. The characters were very realistic and I liked every one of them. The plot of the book was fun and IΒ  LOVE the life lessons the Professor gives the kids. The story kept me turning the pages – I read the book in one day. Whangdoodleland (the world of the Whangdoodle) was unique and I really enjoyed reading about how the kids and Professor got through their adventure. There are a couple different cover versions for this book, but I think this one is my favorite. I loved everything about this book. I got it as a gift and I am giving a BIG THANK YOU for it!!! πŸ˜€

This is one of those books I wish my rating scale went higher for! Five out of five bookworms! fivebooks

32 Responses to “The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards”

  1. Joanna May 6, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Erik, I have to agree with your AWESOME epithet for this one. It is a fabulous fantasy with an excellent message… Don’t you want to me the Whangdoodle?

    Whoa, what a fun, surprise trip your family had. Thanks for posting the pics, and YES, I did remark your absence!

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  2. jama May 6, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Oh wow! Disney World! Sounds like the best surprise. Glad you all had a great time. Love your pose next to Lady Tremaine :).

    Enjoyed your review of the Great Whangdoodles book, an oldie but a goodie that I gave to my nephew when he was about your age. Good to know this classic is still being read and loved. He was a reluctant reader and this book changed all that. Thanks for the nice reminder!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 7, 2013 at 6:47 am #

      Oh, if you like THAT pose (Pose: Tough Superhero in Minor πŸ˜‰ ), wait until you see the Major one (and some others πŸ˜‰ )!

      This book is awesome! πŸ˜€

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  3. Catherine Johnson May 6, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Awesome surprise, Erik! Hannah would be so jealous. Yay for Sheep and Whangdoodles!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 7, 2013 at 6:50 am #

      YAY! *tweedle tweedle* I have some apple juice – care to toast to Sheep’s success? πŸ˜‰

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  4. Kirsten Larson May 6, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Oh, Erik, that is so much fun. We get to Disneyland in California once a year because my husband has a conference there. It truly is a magical place.

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  5. Barbara May 6, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    What an awesome surprise! I’ve never been to Disneyland OR World!
    I didn’t know Julie Andrews had written a book. I’ll have to check it out.

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  6. Beth Stilborn May 6, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Wow, what a great surprise your parents gave you and Josie! LOVE the “Writer’s Block” epitaph!

    I share your love for the Whangdoodle and for Ms. Andrews Edwards’ book (as you probably know, since I’ve mentioned it two or four or a dozen times on my blog! πŸ˜‰ ) So glad you think it’s awesome, too!

    Pax, amor, et lepos in iocando!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 7, 2013 at 6:59 am #

      Pax, amor, et lepos in iocando! Let’s toast it with apple juice! *clink!*

      I love the writer’s block thing too! πŸ˜€

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  7. stanleyandkatrina May 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Wow! You have super parents!!! What fun. Another great review, too.
    Welcome back home. Did you have a chance to try the Sorcerer of Magic Kindgom game? Neighbor girl LOVED that on our last trip. We’ll look for The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. Have a great week.
    Cool Mom (Christine M.)

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 7, 2013 at 7:01 am #

      I didn’t go into the Sorcerer of Magic Kindgom game (we didn’t play much games). You have a great week too! πŸ˜€

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  8. patientdreamer May 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    This is a great review of a great book, one of my favourities. (I will be seeing Ms Andrews in 4 weeks time.. lol) Wow! lucky you going to Disney. I loved it when we visited there many years ago now. It is the number one place kids here would love to visit.

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  9. julie rowan zoch May 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Wow! What a surprise! I’ve never been to anyplace Disney, but imagine it must be pretty awesome. I want to meet the Whangdoodle too!

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  10. Genevieve Petrillo May 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    That was an incredible gotcha surprise! Disneyworld! Yay! Cinderella! Wahoo! Cemetery plaques…. *gulp* You are one of a kind, Erik! πŸ™‚

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 7, 2013 at 7:05 am #

      You are too cute Cupcake. You outshine the rest of the blogs. Can I send you a naked mole rat to bring it down a little? πŸ˜‰

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  11. jan May 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    you did a wonderful review of ‘whang’! it’s a fab book, my favourite andrews book, and she has some great ones!

    you have very cool parents! sounds like a fun trip.

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  12. Michelle Isenhoff May 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Oh, so, so fun! Glad you had an awesome family trip. (Hooray for those sneaky parents!) πŸ™‚

    This book sounds great. I’ll add it to my tbr list based solely on your very high recommendation.

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  13. KidLitReviews May 7, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    What a great surprise. I love Disney, but haven’t been back since 1971, I love your review. I had no idea Julie Andrews had written a book. And a children’s book. I am going to go find that one. Glad you are back dafe and sound – now back to school!! 😦

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 7, 2013 at 7:10 am #

      School’s fine. Just that I’m missing a library book and a book I “checked out” from another class… 😦 Oh, I’m sure that there are some changes to Disney! πŸ˜‰

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  14. ontheplumtree May 7, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Sounds like a really wonderful book. And what a lovely thing to have been so surprised by your parents and taken to Disney World. WoW!

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  15. Darlene May 8, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    What a wonderful surprise your parents gave you and your sister. How clever of them and what fun too. The book does sound awesome. I’m going away as well. I’ll be in Spain for a couple of weeks so I will alos miss some posts. Oh well, we can’t be everywhere and do everything!

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  16. Myra GB May 19, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    How very quirky: Whangdoodle! I have to find that book in our libraries. What an awesome surprise for both you and your sister. That was lovely! Family trips are the best. πŸ™‚

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