Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles 30th Anniversary Edition

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Julie Andrews Edwards, star of stage and screen, has written a unique and beloved story that has become a modern classic. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles is sure to continue to delight readers everywhere. This edition includes a new foreword by the author.

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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  • Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
    Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064403146
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1989
  • Edition description: 30th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 30
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 61,930
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Bo series. She and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, an arts educator and theater professional, have coauthored over twenty books for young readers, including Simeon's Gift, The Great American Mousical, Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother & Child, and the recent New York Times bestsellers The Very Fairy Princess and Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies. Emma is also the author of Raising Bookworms.

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One


It was a crisp, sunny October afternoon and Benjamin, Thomas and Melinda Potter were visiting the Bramblewood Zoo.

They hadn't particularly wanted to visit the zoo, but Mrs. Potter had been very firm about it.

"Daddy has been working extremely hard," she had said,"and I think he needs an afternoon of peace and quiet. Here's some money. I suggest you go to the zoo."

There was no arguing with Mrs. Potter in this mood. So the three children had dutifully taken the bus from the stop at the corner of their street and had ridden through the pretty university town of Bramblewood as far as the zoo.

Although it was the end of October and very cold, the sun was shining brightly from an unusually clear sky. Only a few clouds on the horizon gave a hint of possible rain. Late autumn leaves blew along the pavement and rolled in through the main gates of the zoo as if inviting the children to follow.

On this lovely Sunday the place was crowded with visitors and there were popcorn sellers, balloon vendors and a man pushing a yellow cart piled high with toys. Children yelled happily as they scampered to the rides and to the animal cages.

In spite of their early reluctance to venture out, Benjamin, Thomas and Lindy had to admit, now that they were there, that the zoo didn't seem a bad place to visit after all.

"I want to see the tigers," Tom announced.

"I want to see the donkeys and the ducks," countered Lindy.

Donkeys and ducks," Tom scoffed. "Anyone can see a donkey or a duck, and you don't have to go to the zoo for it. That's just a waste of time."

"I know, I know," Lindy replied. "I justfeel like seeing a donkey and a duck today. I don't know why."

"Ohl look--if we're going to spend the afternoon trailing around, looking at animals like that. . ."

"Well, we're not,"' Ben interrupted firmly. He was used to his younger brother and sister squabbling with each other. 'Were going to see the elephants first. Because I'm the oldest and I'm in charge. C'mon."

The children visited the elephants and then the lions and the tigers.. They slowly moved on to see llamas and leopards and rhinos and reindeer; crocodiles and hippopotamuses and brown bears and polar bears. They watched the performing seals and Lindy saw three ducks and twelve penguins, which made her very happy.

Tom suggested that they visit the aquarium. They wandered through the dim corridors whose only light came from the many illuminated tanks in which turtles, sharks, eels and other underwater creatures were to be seen. It was gloomy and damp inside. Lindy was very glad when Ben chose to go to the reptile house. But she clung tightly to his hand as she gazed at the cobras and rattlesnakes and a giant python.

"I'd love one of those for a pet," Tom said enthusiastically.

"Ugh! I think they're gross. Really gross," Lindy exclaimed.

"You just say that 'cause you're scared of them."

"No, I don't. They're not my favorite things. But I'm not scared."

"Then why are you sucking your thumb?"

"I like the taste."

"Cut it out, you two," said Ben. "What shall we do next?"

Lindy announced that she was tired, cold and extremely hungry.

The children bought a bag of delicious, sticky looking doughnuts and three cups of hot, sugary chocolate. Carefully, they carried the steaming mugs to a bench that caught the late afternoon sunshine and which was close to a fenced yard containing two large, disdainful-looking giraffes.

Lindy had no sooner sat down than one of the giraffes spotted the doughnut she had in her hand and immediately undulated towards her on spindly legs, looking as though his knobby knees would buckle beneath him at any moment. The animal lifted his long neck over the wire netting and brought his face to within inches of Lindy's--just as she was about to take a large mouthful of her doughnut.

The giraffe and the child gazed at each other with serious concentration for a moment. Then Lindy solemnly said, "No," and moved herself and her doughnut farther along the bench out of the giraffe's way.

"That's really an extraordinary animal," mused Ben as he watched. "Imagine being born with a long neck like that. Imagine being able to reach the tops of trees quite easily."

"I'd like that," said Tom. "You could see the world from up there."

"I like giraffes a lot." Lindy spoke with her mouth full.

"If you could have any animal out of the zoo, which one would you like to take home?" Ben suddenly asked.

"The python." Tom spoke without hesitation.

"Gross," said Lindy. "I'd have a penguin. What would you have, Ben?"

"Mm, I dunno." Ben thought about it as he sipped his hot chocolate. "I'd like something unusual. An orangutan, perhaps. Or an anteater. Maybe a gorilla."

"You'll excuse my butting in," said a voice immediately behind the children. "But if You're looking for something really unusual, have YOU ever considered a Whangdoodle?"

The children spun around.

Sitting on the grass behind them knees drawn up almost to his chin, was a small man. He was holding a rolled umbrella made of clear plastic.

"I beg your pardon, sir," Ben said, "did you say something?"

"Yes, I did. I said, have you ever considered a Whangdoodle?"

The little man got up slowly. He had a round cheerful face with bright blue, sparkling eyes, and the few hairs still growing on his balding head were long and grey and flying in all directions. He wore an old brown sports jacket and a blue-checked shirt with a purple, yellow-spotted scarf tied in a casual bow.

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. Copyright © by Julie Edwards. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2011

    What a story to tell!

    Julie Andrews truely has talent both on the screen and on paper! Her story of the Potter children's adventure into Whangadoodle land was quite the adventure! Kids may look at it and go Oh My gosh! Its so big! But it is worth every word and page. You wouldnt be able to skip one word nor one page. Its that good!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    THE BEST

    BEST book my class has ever read. We have been reading this book for years and past students still say it is their all time favorite !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2009

    Great adventure

    In The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles Ben, Lindy, and Tom (3 children) are at the zoo and meet a strange guy. They go home and Lindy gets dared to knock on the house that everybody thinks is haunted. On Halloween, Lindy takes the dare and the strange man (from the zoo) comes to the door. The man's name is Professor Samuel Savant. The kids and Mr. Savant become friends and travel to a new world in search of a whangdoodle. But they have to get through dangers that could kill them. Will they stay alive? If they do, will they meet the Whangdoodle? Find out in The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. I recommend this book to 3rd through 6th graders as long as they believe in the impossible. I like this book because it's exiting and it takes you into the impossible world of imagination. ~ Anna

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2008

    A true adventure

    This book opens up your mind to a whole new overlook of imaginary figures. While reading this adventure, it takes the children effort in using their imaginations to create a whole new world. With discriptive writing and wonderful new creations, this book pulls you in. follow the adventure with mystery and new tricks along the way..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    the greatest book

    This book was awesome. It was a quick read but yet outstanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    It's Julie!!!

    I loved the book. In my mind I could hear Julie with her grandchildren debating over what should happen. Over all, it's a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    Wonderful Imagination Book

    This was an outstanding book! I could not put it down. There was so much thought and creativity put into it. There was a lot of imagination, which it takes you into a new world. I totally recommend this book for all ages. Overall, this book was OUTSTANDING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    Imagination is amazing!!!

    I first read this book when I was eight years old and now that im over 20 it is still one of my very favorite books I always give it as a gift to my young adult cousins and freinds. I definatly reccomend this book ages 8 on UP!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

    ugh.

    yuck this book was like Edward Eager's. I mean, seriously, with all the animal cruelty we have today(especially at zoos, ahem), why would these children be happy about seeing them caged up behind bars? Sorry for all the comma splices but I care more about animal rights than typing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2007

    One of the best books ever!

    I absolutley loved this book! I loved it so much that I did a book report on it and I made a board game based on this book! I reccomend you reading it,even if you don't like reading long chapter books...it's one of those must reads!!!!!!!!! If I could give this book 100 stars I would,and in a second!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2006

    Inspiring

    This book is one of my favorite books of all time. It will bring out your imagination and it's truly magical. Anyone who doesn't like this book has no child within them or they carry no imagination. I would recommend this to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2007

    So creative!

    This book was so creative and fun to read! I got it as a birthday present in May of last year and I am still reading it over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    AWESOME!!!!!

    this book was awesome...its my favorite book and i recommend it to anyone...if i could choose one book to read i would choose the last of the really great whangdoodles!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    Favorite Children's Book

    I read this book when I was growing up and it quickly became my favorite book. I have since revisisted this book almost every year just to remind myself about the power of immagination. I would recomend this book to anyone from 8-108! I LOVED IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2005

    This Book Is The BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The First time I read this book was when my best friend let me borrow all three of her Julie Andrews books:Mandy, Dragon, & Whangdoodles, and personaly Whangdoodles was the best!! It shows you how sometimes things can be right underneath your nose and you don't know it. My favorite charecter was Lilly (I forgot her name) because she can believe annything, just like me. Once I found myself daydreaming about being a mermaid, and it was SO real!! Ms. Edwards RULES!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2005

    I love this book

    This was the best book ever! I did it for my bookreport and now my teacher wants to read it to the class!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2005

    I love this book!!!

    This book is WONDERFUL!! I was introduced to this book in third grade. My wonderful teacher read it to the class. When we were finished reading it as a class, she offered it to me to read by myself. After that, I looked everywhere for a copy, but couldn't find one. Finally, 6 years later I got it as a gift from my parents. I am now a junior in high school and I still enjoy reading this amazing book. Thank you Mrs. Thrall!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    Brilliant Book!

    This book is one of the best I have ever read! The characters and the ideas are so creative. You could never have this much fun reading another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    A very imagnative book

    The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles was a really great book. Julie Andrews Edwards was a really great author, as well as a good actor. The characters were well thought out, and the setting was fabulous. Good work, Julie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2004

    Drop Everything and Read This Book!

    This book is outstanding. It explains a ton of adventures, and I think it should win the Nobel Prize! It also should win the Newbury Award and a Gold Medal! This is the best book, really! If you haven't read this book yet, give yourself a spanking! I wish I could say more but my babysitter is getting tired of typing. :)

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