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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 by...

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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: 9780060218058
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Julie Andrews Collection Series
  • Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 112,551
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (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 July 16, 2013

    I read this book in Elementary and absolutely LOVED it. I had su

    I read this book in Elementary and absolutely LOVED it. I had such a wonderful time stepping into the world of the Whangdoodles and imagining this fantasy world. It can be read by all ages and be excessively enjoyed, if you adored The Phantom Tollbooth, you will adore this as well.

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

    Ben, Tom and Lindy didn¿t know what to think of Professor Savant

    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 Whangdoodle 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 I 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. **NOTE I was given a copy of this book as a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    I read this book to my second graders and every year I get the s

    I read this book to my second graders and every year I get the same response when I finish- applause and cheering!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2010

    Good, but the end could be better

    I LOVED this book, although the end should be better. I think they shouldn't make the professor "make a whangdoodle". They should make them find one or something to make the story more interesting.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Best fantasy book ever!!

    So Mary Poppins (and Fraulein Maria) wrote this lovely story. I am seventeen now, and I still pick this up occasionally just for fun. It is a very imaginative story, and I must say that this is still my favorite fantasy story. Seriously, who doesn't love a Whangdoodle? Only people with agile imaginations can get to this Whangdoodleland, and Professor Savant (which means intelligent and scholarly) helps three children (Ben, Tom, and Melinda Potter) to get to this magical land by first honing their imaginations, and then by going there themselves. Then Professor Savant has to help the whangdoodle (the only one left due to so few people believing in them) find/make another whangdoodle. I love this story, and it is very kid-friendly and safe.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

    a book filled with magical creatures

    The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles is a story about three kids that are named Ben, Tom, and Lindy Potter. They meet a professor at a zoo. The professor tells the children about the wise and magical creature the Whangdoodle. The children are on a mission to find the last of the really great whangdoodles. The journey will not be easy. The children will have to learn how to see things in a whole different way. The Prime Minister of Whangdoodleland is trying to stop the children in any way he can. Can the children make the journey, get past the Prime Minister and see the Whangdoodle?
    I like this book because it is full of adventure and it is very unusual. I think Julie Andrews Edwards does a good job making everything sound so real (even though it is not real). I recommend this book for 3rd and 4th graders that are looking for something unusual. I think they should read this book because it is full of humor and it can help you learn to stick to a mission without giving up. As the book says, "If you're looking for something really unusual have you ever considered a Whangdoodle?"
    ~andrea

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2008

    This is super Papillionacious!!!!!!!(did i spell that right?)

    This book just blows my mind! Literally! it teaches kids that they never know they're real potential unless they have met a whangdoodle. No, scratch that. Actually, adults should read this book because they don't remember how to think openly. I will be happy when an adult sends Julie Andrew Edwards a colored picture of a whangdoodle. I have read this book like a trillion times even though I don't own it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    Best school reading book ever

    this book is the best book because it shows kids what they can do with their minds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2008

    Recommendation

    This book is about four children who wanted a pet nobody has. Ben, Tom, and Lindy meet a professor who offers them a Whangdoodle. They start imaginative lessons right away. The Prock tries to stop them, but a kid¿s brain can get a pretty big imagination. I liked this book because it has lots of surprises and fantasy creatures. It painted a beautiful picture in my brain while describing Whangdoodle land. It had a mystery about why the professor lived in a house that the kids thought was haunted. Read this book to find out the answer to this mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

    A reviewer

    the book starts with an intersting hook. then it brings you into the three kids,lindy,tom,and ben,halloween.they meet a professer who tells them about the wangdoodle.they go on a huge adventure and there is a very happy ending! overall this book would be good for teens and anyone who loves a good adventure story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book is a really fantastic one, and I've read it over and over and never gotten tired of it! The plot is quite unique, the characters are really colored in personality, and it's described so well that you might as well be in Whangdoodle Land! I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone in the whole wide world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    It was read to me once, and now it's my turn...

    This book was read to me by my 5th grade teacher sometime ago. Now that I have children of my own I am going to return the favor. This is a beautiful book that everyone can enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2007

    My favorite book so far!

    If you thought the title was wacky, the actual book is even wackier (in a good way). This book is so creative. It explains the importance of imagination together with the story of a wacky professor and 3 kids. WARNING! Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2006

    A book written by imagination...

    This book really opens up your imagination and makes even the most practical people really wonder and imagine. I bet 2 out of 3 people who read this book looked up Whangdoodle in the dictionary! I admit I did and when you read it I bet you will too!Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    Imagination Takes Flight

    Julie Andrews Edwards (better known to some as 'Mary Poppins' and recently seen in the film version of 'The Princess Diaries') wrote an astounding tale of fantasy for all ages. Set in a small English town, three children make the acquaintance of a reclusive science professor. Through outings in the country and visits to his home, they train their minds in order to enter a magical kingdom known as Whangdoodleland. The King, a very kind-hearted and wise creature, is forlorn. He is the last of his species and, unless a great miracle happens, Whangdoodles will perish when he does. The Professor sets out on one last journey to aid his friend. The children's exuberance, the professor's wisdom and the strength each carries help the group overcome evil, politics, obstacles and fear. This book made a huge impression upon me at the age of five and continued to change the way I thought about my world as I grew older. Everyone should read this novel. Mrs. Edwards has given us a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2006

    wow

    I don't know how many people realize this, but Julie Andrews Edwards, the author is also the Julie Andrews we know as Mary Poppins and Maria von Trapp. I was amazed by how talented this woman is to be able to act and sing and then write a whole bunch of childrens books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2004

    Began My Love of Reading

    I had this book read to my third grade class in 1986. Until that time, I had no interest in reading, but when we made our own 'scrappy caps' and used our imaginations to picture whangdoodle land, something sparked in me what has become a lifelong love of reading. I have a daughter of my own now, and can't wait till she is old enough to read it to. I would recommend this book to everyone who is a child or a child at heart, and in fact, I do. I am giving it to my 8 year old nephew for his birthday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2004

    This book is SOO good you could read it a million times

    This book is so Great! You never what is going to happen , unless you read it over and over, But really its so good! its so much fun to imagine everything in this book i just love it. Get this book and you'll be amazed. You'll never know what will hit you if you read this BOOK. ITS AMAZING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2003

    A Childhood favorite

    This was my 1st fantasy book to read and ever since I've enjoyed other fantasy books as well. I read this wonderful book in the 3rd grade. Ever since then I've been trying to find this book for a very long time and now I have. I'm currently in the 9th grade and I'm eager to read this book again. The book contained a good moral. Believe in what u think is true or right. I do take that to heart. This book did contain a few words that were hard to pronounce, but it is still a great book for younger kids, but adults as well. I recommed this to anyone who wants to read a great fantasy book at any age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2003

    Fond Memories

    When I was in 3rd grade my teacher read us this book. I am going to be a senior this year and I have recently gone out and purchased every book she read to us, the Phatom Tollbooth, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and many others. This book is one that you can't help but think about years and years later.

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