December 28th, 2011 by Karen
What’s a whangdoodle? According to my dictionary, it’s “a fanciful creature of undefined nature.” That’s not a lot of detail, so I think I’d really like to see one in person. Wouldn’t you? That’s definitely how the characters feel in The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards!
Lindy, Tom, Ben, and their friend Professor Savant are all determined to meet the only remaining whangdoodle in the world, and so they embark on a fantastic adventure through another land that’s both marvelous and dangerous.
They encounter delights like a boat powered by jokes — with a magical ice cream machine on board, no less — but they also face terrifying monsters like the vicious Sidewinders and the bullying Flukes. Obviously, these obstacles are not great for the kids and the Professor, but they sure make for a gripping tale! Too bad for them; hooray for us!
I first read The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles when I was about your age. (Yes, I really was once a kid instead of the crusty old person I am now.) I looooooooved the book back then, and I’ve been meaning to re-read it for years — but unfortunately, I could never find my copy of the book in the depths of my childhood bedroom whenever I looked for it at my parents’ house. Then recently, I spotted a used copy at the bookstore where I volunteer and snatched it up right away.
On the one hand, it probably would have been nice for me to leave the book for an actual kid to purchase and enjoy. On the other hand, now that I’ve finally re-read the book and written this review, I’m spreading the Whangdoodle word to everyone. And that’s a benefit to multiple kids, right? Yeah, I’m just going to go with that…
Of course, if you’ve already read this book, I want to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment with your review!
Karen is currently staying in her old room at her parents’ house for the holidays. It’s full of old books, just waiting to be re-discovered! If you don’t see Karen online for a while, you’ll know why.