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The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles (1974)

by Julie Andrews

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With help from an eccentric professor who gives their imaginations special intensive training, three children succeed in locating the last of the great Whangdoodles and granting his heart's desire.

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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Ben, Tom, and Lindy Potter have never even heard of a Whangdoodle - until they meet the brilliant Professor Savant at the zoo.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Yes, this is a children's book, but it has no illustrations so you can let your imagination soar. This is intentional, per the author, Julie Andrews Edwards (yes, The Julie Andrews). It is an imaginary adventure story that asks the reader to use their imagination to picture what is happening.

Siblings Ben, Tom and Lindy Potter live a regular life of school and family. After they meet Professor Savant their lives become exceptional as they join the professor on his quest to meet the Whangdoodle who lives in Whangdoodleland.

In order to go on the quest, the children have to learn to see things in a new and different way. Professor Savant coaches them in preparation for their trip. Their senses become key to being able to get around in Whangdoodle land. The plants, creatures and appearance of the countryside require a keen imagination. There are kind creatures and there are scary creatures, especially the 'oily' Prock, the sinister Prime Minister of Whangdoodleland, who is determined to keep people away from meeting the last of the really great Whangdoodles.

This would be a fun book to read silently or out loud. The age bracket is 8 - 12 years. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
great book!! especially one for parents to read as a bedtime story. ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
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Julie Andrewsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Collard, DerekCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Julie Edwards secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kubinyi, LaszloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Noonan, JuliaBinding cover crestsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was a crisp, sunny October afternoon and Benjamin, Thomas, and Melinda Potter were visiting the Bramblewood Zoo.
Lindy brought her bike alongside the professor’s. “You know so much,” she said. “Don’t you sometimes feel bewildered when you think of the millions of things that put life together?” The professor smiled. “I’m not bewildered. I’m filled with the deepest awe and wonder. The miracle is that in its complexity it all works.”
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