Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles (30th Anniversary Edition)


by Julie Andrews Edwards

by Julie Andrews Edwards

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.

This edition includes a new foreword by the author.

Note from Julie:

This book began with a trip to the dictionary. I was looking up a word when suddenly I saw: “Whangdoodle – a humorous, mythical creature of fanciful and undefined nature.”

“What a sensational word!” I thought. “Perhaps it’s up to ME to define him!”
Once I started writing, I enjoyed myself so much I couldn’t wait to get back to Whangdoodleland every day. My own children became as involved as I was, and naturally there is a lot of them in Lindy, Tom and Ben.

Some thirty years later, I am told it is a perennial favorite on Amazon.com (with 5 stars and 237 customer reviews!). I am thrilled and delighted beyond words – this was, and continues to be, one of those remarkable creative endeavors that took on a life of its own and has grown far beyond its author’s original intentions.

Quotes:

“Readers will irresistibly reminded of Oz… a book (children) are going to love”
—Publishers Weekly

“Readers who have explored Narnia, Oz or Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory will be thrilled at this new destination. A marvelous land that will inspire and stimulate creative and scientific minds.” —Amazon.com

By Julie Andrews Edwards.

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Publisher: HarperCollins
Hardcove ISBN: 0060218053 – December 16, 1996 (All day)

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