Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Book Review~The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

Title: The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
Author: Julie Andrews Edwards
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Rating: 5

Whangdoodleland waits just around the corner of your imagination as beloved actress Julie Andrews Edwards transports you to the world of Benjamin, Thomas, and Melinda Potter. The siblings find themselves on the journey of a lifetime, led by Professor Savant in search of the illusive Whangdoodle, king of a forgotten and secluded kingdom.

Part Alice in Wonderland, part Dr. Seuss; The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles is a tale of childhood, remarkable imagination and outstanding bravery in the face of a strange new world, and perseverance against the forces that try to end the adventure.

The title engaged me from the start and when I saw that this book was written by Julie Andrews there was no question as to whether or not I would read it. As brilliant a writer as she is on the screen, Julie Andrews Edwards lovingly paints an extraordinary world just beyond sight, with a host of unbelievable characters and creatures—the Whangdoodle himself just being one of many.

Perhaps the only negative thing I found in the book ends up being quite a plot-mover. Avoiding spoilers, the story includes some talk of genetics and cloning and 'playing God', which is a delicate subject and not one that is entirely suited for children’s literature.

Apart from that, I found this book to be one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve had to date. The characters were true to themselves, the plot was quick and tempered with humor, and the roles of adults were treated with more respect than they so often are in children’s literature.

A fairly good read and a beautiful story, I recommend The Last of the Really Great Whandoodles.

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