It is a day like any other for Mary Poppins and the Banks family in Number 17, until the telegram arrives with the momentous news that Miss Andrews, the Holy Terror, is coming to live in the house next door. But with Miss Andrews comes the mysterious Luti, a new friend for Jane and Michael....
©1988 P. L. Travers (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
Being a long-term Mary Poppins fan, I was delighted to find this title on Audible. "Mary Poppins and the House Next Door" is a lesser known title amongst the Poppins books and is quite difficult to obtain in print, so it is wonderful to be able to access another of P.L.Travers' enchanting tales through Audible.
This is only a short tale, almost like a chapter story, rather than a full book like most of the other M.P.books. I don't consider this to be Travers best work but it is still most enjoyable. Those familiar with the other Poppins books will, once again, meet many old friends (and some villans) from previous stories and will again become ensnared in the web of unforgetteble personalities as they go about there lives in Cherry Tree Lane. If you are unfamiliar with the Mary Poppins series, you will still be able to fully follow the story and characters as it also works as a stand alone story. The story is obviously written in a different era and, as such, displays some different social values from current society. However, this does not detract from the story as the reader/listener is aware that the stories are not set in current times.
Sophie Thompson captures the magic of Travers' story with her wonderfully descriptive storytelling and she brings each character to life with flair and good attention to detail.
This is definitely a book to add to your collection if you are a Poppins fan.
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