Book Review: Walt Disney’s Motion Picture Mary Poppins

Publisher: Whitman Publishing Company

Year: 1964

Pages: 218

Type: Hardcover

ISBN: N/A – First Edition

It seemed to be a person.! A person floating down out of the sky!

And so Mary Poppins comes into the lives of the Banks family. A Nanny of special caliber and uncanny power, she is about to turn their world upside down!

This book is an official adaption of the Motion Picture produced by Walt Disney. It was released in 1964 along with the movie itself. Mary Carey rewrote the story to better fit into the pages of a book, and in so doing, had to change some things. We’ll note these differences as we go along.

The book begins with a two-page introduction about the story behind the Motion Picture. You can read it for yourself below:

We are treated to a condensed version of the film fitted into fourteen chapters:

Right from the first chapter you can start to see some of the changes that Carey made to adapt the screen play into book form. For instance, Bert doesn’t appear as the narrator, but instead we have a standard telling of events by the writer. Mrs. Banks involvement with the Suffragettes is fleshed out more. And the chaos within the Bank’s home due to Admiral Boom and his ‘Time Cannon’ is not as well described.

Throughout the book you will find many other examples.

Although the book attributes the artwork to Bob Totten and Jason Studios, the full-colour page spreads are signed ‘Edwards’.

So one would assume that Totten and Studios did the black and white images, perhaps one doing the line drawings with the other focusing on the ink renderings. I will say that the ink renderings give a more accurate portrayal of the actors from the film while the line drawings are more interpretive.

If you are a fan of the movie you will enjoy this Authorized Edition retelling of the story. It is written in simple terms so that even a youngster could read it alone, or it would be perfect to read to younger children.

I can find no fault with this book so I have to give it a solid 5 Out of 5 Stars.

If you think Mary Poppins is ‘Practically Perfect in Every Way’ and would like to go on a ‘Jolly Holiday’ with her, and Bert, why not check out my Precious Moments figurine featuring the vacationing duo?

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