Monday, September 3, 2012

Rereading Mary Poppins Opens the Door by P.L. Travers

It was one of those bleak and chilly mornings that remind you winter is coming. Cherry-Tree Lane was quiet and still. The mist hung over the Park like a shadow. All the houses looked exactly alike as the grey fog wrapped them round. Admiral Boom's flagstaff, with the telescope at the top of it, had entirely disappeared. 

This is the third book in the Mary Poppins series. This time, Mary Poppins comes down from a firework, and immediately restores order to the Banks children. Mary Opens the Door is written in much the same style as the first two, but I wouldn't say it was as good. P.L. Travers seems to have run out of ideas a bit. It's basically the same formula, and it can get kind of old. That's not to say that this one is bad, but rather, it's not as amusing and fun to reread. Once again, the children and Mary Poppins visit one of her strange relatives, they hear the tale of the Cat Who Looked At the King, and take a trip into the sea. All very nice, so I can't really say I dislike this one; it's just not very fresh, after two books of similar chapters.

Read Mary Poppins Opens the Door:
  • if you liked Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins Comes Back
  • if you like quirky British fantasy (Roald Dahl, for example)
269 pages.
Very Good! I would recommend this book!

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