Maybe I would have liked this a lot more if I had read this when I was a child or if I hadn't seen the film, but I didn't really like it at all.
--TheMaybe I would have liked this a lot more if I had read this when I was a child or if I hadn't seen the film, but I didn't really like it at all.
--The movie is quite different from the book, Bert for one is barely in the book.
--Mary Poppins is mean. Outside of the "special" things Mary does, I don't know why the children would like her any more or less than any other nanny. Mary is very vain. Also after these special/magical events occur, Mary pretends that they never happened in the first place. Jane and Michael seem to be a lot younger in the book than in the movie. To me, as an adult, that seems very manipulative to the children in the story.
--The story is anecdotal, so there isn't any real plot. Each chapter is its own little story. It seems like a good book to read to a young child before bed. You could read a chapter a night and not worry about him/her forgetting what happened in the previous chapters.
--I almost stopped reading the book altogether when I got to Chapter 5, The Dancing Cow. It was ridiculous and I really felt like there was no point to it and it went on for way too long.
--Several of the chapters are just kind of weird.
Now for the good stuff:
Even though the majority of the book was not recreated in the film, it was fun to see where certain moments in the film came from. For example, Andrew the dog is barely in the film, but he gets a whole chapter in the book. The bird that Mary sings to in the film is sort of/kind of in the book. Also there is a snippet in the chapter, "Bad Morning" that is in the film. So that was kind of fun, seeing where these little moments come in.
The first and last chapter were the best, but everything else in the middle was kind of blah....more