Published in: 1943
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 3 in the Mary Poppins series
From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. This classic series tells the story of the world’s most beloved nanny, who brings enchantment and excitement with her everywhere she goes. Featuring the charming original cover art by Mary Shepard, these new editions are sure to delight readers of all ages.
Mary Poppins reappears just in time! According to her tape measure, Jane and Michael have grown “Worse and Worse” since she went away. But the children won’t have time to be naughty with all that Mary has planned for them. A visit to Mr. Twigley’s music box-filled attic, an encounter with the Marble Boy, and a ride on Miss Calico’s enchanted candy canes are all part of an average day out with everyone’s favorite nanny.
Urgh, she is still so horrid. Why is the main character, Mary Poppins, such a grade-A Bitch? For example, after most adventures, the children will remark what a great time they had, or compliment Mary on something she did well in the adventure, and she will turn into bitch-cow and snap at them, threaten them, look highly offended that one would even think that she could do something ridiculous… it’s messed up.
Not to mention the fact that the children live in constant fear of Mary leaving (it sounds like they all have a serious case of stockholm syndrome). If it wasn’t for the children being fantastic, and the adventures being fun, this book would be a complete waste of time.
The children are fun, the adventures are the stuff of children’s dreams, and I wish I had read this as a kid- I’d still have hated Mary Poppins, but I’d have loved the fun the kids had. I liked the boy statue that came to life, and the candy cane horses the best.
Mary Poppins opens the door rating: 4/10. Mary Poppins just brings down the books because she sucks as a human being.
Would I re-read it? maybe
Who would I recommend it to? young kids, parents of young kids, fans of rest of the series. Do not read this book/series if you love the movie Mary Poppins and are hoping to relive that love because book MP is a bitch.
Harper Collins: http://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780007404315/mary-poppins-opens-the-door