One More Reason That Mary Poppins is Perfect

Posted: November 29, 2010 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives

It sounds dirty at first, but The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles is actually a children’s book. And it’s not just a nostalgia trip or something you crack open for shits and giggles.  This book was a significant part of my childhood. I think it’s beautifully written and incredibly poignant if you can spare the extra three brain cells it takes to dig beneath the surface a little.

Written by the über fabulous Dame Julie Andrews The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles follows three siblings, Ben, Tom, and Lindy, as they traverse the fantastical and unbelievable world of Whangdoodleland.  If this doesn’t sound like a porno to you yet, there’s more.  The three children are led through this magical land by a Nobel prize-winning scientist, an older man who thinks he can use the children to rediscover his own lost youth and finally achieve his life’s goal of meeting the very last Whangdoodle.  This is all completely innocent, but out of context it sounds like the premise for an episode of To Catch a Predator.

Bear with me though, because this book really is worth it.  Yes, you can tell that it’s meant for the younger generation, but sometimes you need to stop reading all those college-level organic chemistry texts and give your brain a break.  This book is perfect for that. It brings your dead imagination back to life!

~Rebecca Leviton

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