- Author P. L. Travers
Intensely similar to the books that have come before, this sequel in the Mary Poppins series follows the formula that has been so successful - the super-nanny arrives, promising to stay for a limited amount of time, and takes the children under her care on magical adventures in the meantime.
It also gets a bit more formulaic than that, with Poppins' going off on her own adventure on her day off, just as she has previously. There’s also a strange family member to be visited, as well as an unusual trip flying over the park, just as before. None of that is a complaint, though.
In its familiarity, it’s quite charming, and even though it follows the same patterns, it’s still quite inventive. I enjoyed the story about the cat and the king, proving that knowledge is what you make of it. Two concepts stood out for me too: those under the sea fishing for humans (and throwing them back), and the gap at the end of each day, between the first and last stroke of midnight. Intriguing.