Sort order. Shelves: reviewed , humour , reviews , children. The title of this book could just as easily be pulp porn as a children's book. In fact the first time I saw the title I really did think it was about something else Really Big. Or perhaps it's just my mind! No it's not. It's yours too. And the person who put pictures up from this page of the 'weirdest children's books ever' together. Luckily children do not have an adult sense of humour at all. View all 5 comments. Aug 24, Thomas rated it it was amazing. As professor Savant sadly says, 'those people have lost their imagination entirely'.
If you, as an adult, still look for fairies in the shadows around streams, see the massive shapes of mythical beasts in clouds, or laugh at the oddest things, finding joy and amusement where others scowl discouragingly - then there is still hope for you! Every part of this book is joy a 'Faugh' and 'pifflesticks' to those who think this book doesn't retain the charm and magic of when we experienced it as children. Every part of this book is joy and wonder. It's not some kind of Tolkien-esque saga of heraldry and lineages - it's a smallish, wonderful tale about being able to see the wondrous things that exist in plain sight all around us.
Sure, it's a "kid's book" I think this belongs on the Fantasy shelves in the 'Brary, rather than delegated to the Children's section where grownups never go.
The idea of an old male professor making kids keep secrets from their parents while they have in-depth "training exercises" in his house is laughably dated, in a fun and whimsical way which makes one long for those days of innocent ignorance. If you were like me as a child, and found the ideas in this book both magical and wondrous, take the trip again while wearing your Imagination Hats, of course, which means not being a stuffy old sourpuss Even better, read this to your own kids and pass the legacy of this fantastic little book on to a new generation.
View 1 comment. Aug 30, Calista rated it really liked it Shelves: histiorical , genre-fantasy , genre-spiritual , bage-middle-grade , , groundbreaking , myth-folktale-fable , want-to-own , z-julie-andrews-edwards. Yes, this is written by Julie Andrews, that Julie Andrews. Mary Poppins wrote this book. I would love to hear her narrate this story. She is a good author too. She painted lovely pictures and I enjoyed her English dialect.
She has a good ear for dialogue and her imagination and world building is very good. This story was written in , a very good year I must say. One of the plot points is DNA. I am assuming this was a cutting edge topic during that day. She melds science and belief together so nicely. There are also Potters in this story. They hang out with the professor who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize. I love the thread of how important imagination and belief is. It is in the vein of 'the Secret'.
The power of our thinking is all important. If you think you can do something, then you can do anything. There are no limits to what we can accomplish. They are talking about the spiritual laws of the universe entwined with Science. It's wonderfully done. The children are told stories by Professor Savant instructing them to get to Whangdoodleland.
They want to see the last of the Whangdoodles. Julie builds an interesting and exciting land. They meet many challenges and I love how most of them have to do with your thinking and how you react to problems. The Potters do eventually meet the King Whangdoodle.
There is a happy ending. I did have fun reading this. It is a little slower than modern fiction, but it holds up rather well 43 years later. At our school, we are taught to see the world around us and really look at this. Not to assume someone's stories. Many of the lessons the Professor taught reminded me of our work. I'm so glad I read this and Julie is talented with the pen.
I think her singing and acting skills were stronger, but she has a good solid story here about imagination. I hear she has other stories and I might need to check them out at some point. View all 4 comments. It's a little like a moose - or a horse, perhaps. But with fantastic horns. And I believe it has rather short legs. She must have had an enormous amount of fun writing this book, because it is a fun read, but with a more serious undertone - genetics and cloning. But the greatest thing about the book is that it is magical, not in a Harry Potter kind of way, but in its innocence.
This book would never get written or published today. A group of children going off with a strange man they met at the zoo and doing things in his house that they can't tell their parents about?! And it is a pity. Because this is a wonderful book. And I was so glad to find it, prized and loved on my son's bookshelves to be read to and with his boys. Truly a book for all ages. If you never got to read it as a child, read it as an adult. We all need a little magic and wonder in our lives. A big Thank You to Brenda, who worked for me many moons ago when my now adult sons were small, and who bought this book for them.
It has been treasured and always will be. Nov 18, Miss Mitchell rated it it was amazing Shelves: children-s-literature. I first read this when I was about 12, and have re-read it at least 10 times. I adore this book and its message to never give up your imagination.
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Jan 06, jv poore rated it liked it Shelves: children-s-books. We finished this today and Boy was so happy to have it done. I thought it was a groovy little story, but I most certainly would not have chosen it for an entire elementary school to read. Of course, no one asked me.
I'm not bitter about that. Every year the school chooses one book f We finished this today and Boy was so happy to have it done. Every year the school chooses one book for the entire student body K-5 to read collectively, chapter by chapter, in the evenings with their families. We're four chapters in and I'm enjoying this more than I expected to; Boy Jan 16, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it liked it Shelves: all-fiction , for-the-munchkins , fantasy.
I got really depressed when I started reading this book because Julie Andrews lied to me. She says in the intro about the Whangdoodle: "I had discovered him in my Webster's Dictionary. I assure you he is there. Go look him up. I looked three times. Julie Andrews lied to me. That's so depressing. It's like having frigging Mary Poppins lie to you! My favorite things about Whangdoodleland: 1 3.
My favorite things about Whangdoodleland: 1 The Jolly Boat. It's joke-propelled. You have to keep telling jokes to get it moving. Was there a movie? I've never met me, so I wouldn't know. You stand in front of the mirror and tell it what sort of ice cream sundae you'd like, and it magically appears. View all 7 comments.
Okay, maybe I'm a little loose with the 5 star ratings I never read this one as a child and read it recently only for book club. The theme was about rediscovering childhood and YA books as adults. I loved this.
I love the whimisical nature of the book. I love how often they talk about sweets. I love Julie Andrews. Yes, whangdoodle sounds like a dirty word. But, if you get your mind out of the gutter, its actually a pretty fun word to say. Say Okay, maybe I'm a little loose with the 5 star ratings Say it aloud now. Yes, this book can be interpreted as a creepy old man taking an unnatural interest in children. Alternatively, it can be a wise old man passing on a marvellous way of reimagining the world around us to a new generation.
It can be thought of as a commentary on the peaceful coexistence of science and faith. Or, for those of us like me who just enjoyed escaping into the world of a children's book, this book is pure fun. No deep thinking required, just an imaginative, colorful world with fantasy creatures we would all love to meet. Sep 27, Kellyn Roth rated it it was amazing Shelves: adventurous-books , favorite-books , classical-reads , satire-comedy , setting-fantasy , books-for-children , books-for-teens.
It's a creative fantasy that makes you think and dream. It was one of those books that got me reading independently as a kid, and I've read it several times since then. And just let me say that I can still smell marshmallows in a marshmallow-less room. Mar 24, vaugnfreech rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi-and-fantasy , childrens.
Oh yes Saw the book first at Booksale. Wasn't able to buy it though coz when I got the chance, I couldn't find it anymore.
I was lucky enough to buy a copy at Lopues East. And whoa I was curious about the book. Not to mention it's written by Julie Andrews Edwards. It's about this rare magical creature called 'whangdoodle' who isolated himself from humanity to save his life from ext Whew It's about this rare magical creature called 'whangdoodle' who isolated himself from humanity to save his life from extinction And here comes the three Potter children and the smart Professor Savant on a quest to see the last of the whangdoodles.
It was impossible for them at first but through their imaginations The better your imagination, the faster you get there. But seein the whangdoodle isn't that easy. There's the Prock, the prime minister of the magical land who would do everything to stop the children and the professor in seeing the whangdoodle. If you don't mind your manners, just as the wonderful Whiffle Bird always says, then you won't be able to see the whangdoodle. Setting aside the hindrances were a lot more. There's the Jolly Boat that travels through the Golden River, a river that plays music with every movement of water.
And there's the Flavor of the Month Tree that bears different fruit each month.
The wonderful Flutterbyes. The sky that was red and the trees that were purple. The Braintrain and those Gum Trees that secret edible bubble gums that could make you fly. This book is the next best thing to The Neverending Story. Yes, it's escapism. What kids have that make them superior to adults? Both books are set roughly at the turn of the last century. Both open with young women setting out on long journeys to wed husbands from vastly different cultures from their own.
Both are constructed from fragments of letters and diaries in which these two women describe the lives which follow. Oddly enough, both were written by men! An adulterous affair with a Japanese nobleman ends that project and leaves her abandoned and alone for forty tumultuous years in China and Japan. Instead he and his brother enlisted in the Army Rangers to fight in Iraq. Krakauer relates with precision and grace the story of how the government cynically attempted to recast the event in heroic terms rather than tell the truth of the matter. The book goes well beyond the tragic occurrence itself and goes deeply into the personal lives of Tillman himself as well as his family and fellow soldiers.
Roberta Price, at first an academic and observer, was among them. She beautifully captures in image and word the essence of that special time and place disclosure: I was there. The book is an honest and affectionate account of an often misunderstood, mischaracterized and marginalized phenomenon. Jay-Z attended to every detail of this beautiful book from the content to the presentation.
The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics—not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC—are poetry if you look at them closely enough. The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history.
And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to. So, forget about the devastatingly beautiful, one-dimensional seductress of popular history and myth and welcome one of the great leaders - man or woman — of all time. That is what Pulitzer Prize biographer Stacy Shiff does for Cleopatra with meticulous historiography and astonishingly luminous writing.
Not only is Cleopatra herself recast as an enormously powerful and competent player in some the most titanic political events ever, but those in the supporting roles - including Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, King Herod and others - are revealed in a fresh and provocative way. This is an epic work destined to be a classic. Another Pulitzer Prize, this time for fiction, went to Paul Harding for his quiet, contemplative novel on the life of a dying clockmaker in rural Maine. The character, George Washington Crosby, was the son of an old-time tinker who traveled around with his wagon of wares in rural Maine.
He lies on his deathbed as time counts down on the dozens of clocks that fill the house. George thinks about the painful, impoverished lives of his parents. His father was a door-to-door salesman and acute epileptic. His mother contemplated suicide if only she could break through the frozen lake and drown. The characters and setting are rendered with exquisite and imaginative detail. Our thirteen-year-old grandson leaves tomorrow for a three-week Christmas holiday in South Africa.
It brought to mind this classic. Similar haunting and rhythmic prose carries the reader through this hypnotic and tragic narrative. Kumalo is an Anglican priest and Zulu elder whose son and sister have left the village and disappeared into the bowels of Johannesburg. He scrapes together what little money he and his wife have saved over the years and sets off in search of his family.
This thread weaves the fabric of a story of hope and despair, tribe and colonialism, racism and redemption, Christianity and Animism. It will stay with you for a long time! This eclectic collection of tales includes everything from the Heisman Trophy to the poet Percival. The virgin with many husbands?
The writing is warm and humorous where appropriate and thoughtful and sober where that fits. Her rhythms and phrasing emerge equally in her intensely personal prose drawn from years as a disciplined diarist. The synthesis of her ethereal style with her access to the hard contemporaneous facts from the diaries makes this a unique and compelling portrait of two often misunderstood artists.
Engrossing, perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, the "Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins is more than just another futuristic action series for the teenage reader. Collins' characters are realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds. Big ideas, from the injustice of a few people living in comfort while the rest of the world goes hungry to the priority placed on entertainment in a society where many do without necessities, are explored amidst a thrilling adventure that will appeal to science fiction, survival and adventure readers.
The books raise and examine a host of philosophical and moral issues surrounding government control, warfare and senseless violence more commonly associated with more adult novels. However, Collins deals with them in a way that encourages young people to ponder the decisions made by others that affect their own lives.
The books are generally considered suitable for readers 12 and up but it will depend on the particular 12 or year old. For older children who like action-packed suspense, these books will keep them glued to the page long after bedtime! Even many adults like me couldn't put them down. In the summer of , Norman MacLean and his younger brother Paul take one last fishing trip together in the mountains of Montana. Paul has once again descended into a pit of addiction and self-destruction. Norman attempts to help him get his life back on track.
Fly fishing is the metaphor through which MacLean weaves the story of his father, a Presbyterian minister, his brother, and himself. The writing is rich and evocative and captures what wilderness means — the wilderness in us and us in the wilderness. The series is sequential so this is the place to start. The writing is fresh and the characters well-defined and original. The compelling rhythm and measure of the work is drawn from a Finnish epic, the Kalevala , and has mesmerized family read-alouds for generations.
Following up her earlier Llama Llama books author, Anna Dewdney, plunges headlong into the stresses and joys of the holiday season. How can a child possible wait? Yet there is so much fun in all the pre-Christmas activities that the wait becomes a joy in itself. While cute and fun, Llama Llama Holiday Drama also conveys a deeper message of love and generosity.
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It is a pleasure for both the reader and the wide-eyed listeners. Accompanying the pictures and enriching the portrait are the moving, witty, thoughtful notes of Howard Paap, Sam Cook, John Bates and Justin Isherwood expressing their long and intimate association with the lake and its environs. This is a gift book that will be treasured for generations. Some, not many, have taken the classic rail trip between Chihuahua and Los Mochis, Mexico with its foot change in altitude, 86 tunnels, 39 bridges and some of the most dramatic landscape in North America.
Fewer still have left the train at Creel and descended to Batopilas at the bottom of the Barancas del Cobre Copper Canyons.
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Almost no one has ventured further. This is the home of the elusive Tarahumara Indians and its grandeur and challenge are every bit the equal of the Grand Canyon. From his opening question — Why does my foot hurt? Louise Erdrich is one of the most prolific and celebrated writers of the so-called Native American Renaissance in literature. She is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of the Anishinaabe of which her grandfather was tribal chair. This small, but captivating, book is her account of a vision quest she made with her eighteen-month-old daughter into the lakes and islands of the Northwoods in search of the literature of her tribe.
Central to the story are the atisikan or painted images found on the rocky islands and the library of rare books on Ojibwe culture and language collected by Ernest Oberholtzer on Mallard Island in Rainy Lake. This lovable and bossy pig has had a band, been queen of the trampoline and left no stone unturned to find a missing toy. Now she is off to Venice! She and her family explore the old city — the grand palazzos, the bridges, and the canals. They feed the pigeons, but most of all they feed themselves — gelato, gelato, gelato — until the gondola nearly sinks!
Falconer intersperses lovely charcoal-and-gouache drawings with photos often humorously PhotoShopped of Venice. A new, somewhat more sophisticated take on the Olivia that children and adults have come to love. Premised upon a bizarre historical fact — a Cheyenne proposal during treaty negotiations in Washington, DC to trade one thousand horses for one thousand white women — Fergus uses further historical detail to spin out the story of May Dodd who might have been one of the one thousand if the idea had actually come to fruition.
As usual, the characters are unique and well-defined and the writing is both literary and accessible. The rest is history! Skip to main content Skip to search. Main menu. Featured Selections. Released recently, neither the illustrations nor the text disappoint. On the contrary, they are splendid! The evocative text merges precisely with the sensational illustrations. A treasure! Some reveal the soft emerging life of springtime, others the extreme landscapes of winter ice.
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I miss it. My title is curator-in-chief. You know, all of it. If you were a fan of the show growing up, my goal is to remind you of what you loved in your childhood. Enemy Pie stands out as one of my favorites. Amazing Grace. And when my daughter Michaela was growing up, [my wife and I] would read Goodnight Moon to her almost every night.
Goodnight, chairs. What do you like about it? It gives me an opportunity [to connect] without managers, publicists, studios and networks. Nobody is in the middle, asking me what I want, when I want.
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