P. L. Travers – Mary Poppins

I had obviously known that Mary Poppins was based on a book, but I’d never even thought to read it. I don’t know why, but it was on sale at Asda, along with Annie (which I hadn’t known was based on a book), so I couldn’t resist buying them both to see what they were like.

It turns out that Mary Poppins the book is not very much like Mary Poppins the film. I guess when you’re turning a 170 page book into a 2 hour film, there’s going to be some embellishments, but I hadn’t expected it to be so different.

Don’t get me wrong, the book was enjoyable, but definitely not what I had expected. There were a lot more ‘odd’ parts of the book compared to the film, which I think would have been mesmerising if I had read the book as a child, but my childlike imagination has dwindled somewhat and I couldn’t quite find the magic as I think I should have.


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