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The Wump World Paperback – April 27, 1981


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 27, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395311292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395311295
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is a maximum of animation in each scene." Horn Book

"There is a maximum of animation in each scene." Horn Book Guide

About the Author

Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet's books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE, remain actively in print today.

In both his career as an author and illustrator of children's books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters. As he himself noted, "I write about animals because I love to draw them. Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know."

At Walt Disney, where Bill Peet worked for 27 years, he was a key participant in the production of classic films such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians for which he was not only an artist, but the screenwriter as well.

Bill Peet's signature style enabled him to create fast-paced stories of fantastical adventure delivered with warmth and laugh-out-loud hilarity. His unfailing humor did not, however, prevent him from addressing such poignant issues as kindness toward others and respect for the environment. Through the exploits of his characters, Peet offered his audience a chance to see themselves and their world through new eyes.

"At some point," Bill Peet once said, "it occurred to me that drawing was something I couldn't possibly give up, and somehow it must be turned into a profession." He went on to not only fulfill his dream but to introduce generations of young readers to his delightful vision of humor, friendship and compassion.

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Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet's books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE, remain actively in print today.
In both his career as an author and illustrator of children's books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters. As he himself noted, "I write about animals because I love to draw them. Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know."

At Walt Disney, where Bill Peet worked for 27 years, he was a key participant in the production of classic films such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians for which he was not only an artist, but the screenwriter as well.

Bill Peet's signature style enabled him to create fast-paced stories of fantastical adventure delivered with warmth and laugh-out-loud hilarity. His unfailing humor did not, however, prevent him from addressing such poignant issues as kindness toward others and respect for the environment. Through the exploits of his characters, Peet offered his audience a chance to see themselves and their world through new eyes.

"At some point," Bill Peet once said, "it occurred to me that drawing was something I couldn't possibly give up, and somehow it must be turned into a profession." He went on to not only fulfill his dream but to introduce generations of young readers to his delightful vision of humor, friendship and compassion.

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This was always my favorite book when I was a small being and I read it now over a decade later and it's still spectacular.
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Peet teaches an important lesson in a way that both children and adults can appreciate.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
There are a ton of children's books written about taking care of the environment and quite frankly, most are dull and lipid, failing to capture the imagination of the reader and/or audience. THE WUMP WORLD is not such a book. Instead, it's one of the few pro-environment children's books that is actually enjoyable to read. The message the book teaches is more than just about pollution (even though the story's villians are called Pollutians) and has to do with loving nature, taking care of the precious planet we live, and the hope of good overcoming evil. The illustrations are amusing and capture both the mood of the story and the personalities of the creatures represented. For example, the Pollutians ships and machines look like real life contraptions, but with a monster-like appearance. The kids I used to teach in preschool loved this story and it was one I enjoyed reading, too.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kawcrow on January 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
My third-grade teacher read this story to my class when I was eight years old and it immediately became the class favorite book. I was so enchanted with the story, I went home and wrote an play based on it. The production of "The Wump World" by Mrs. H's Class was an elementary school smash, and I love the book to this day. It is a gentle reminder that we cannot take our world for granted. I love this book!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Weathers on December 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
As I have watched the world become paved over, I have been reminded of a book I loved as a child and the message it offered. It's been at least twenty years since I last saw this book, but I've never forgotten that message. I would like to thank amazon.com for allowing me to pass the message on. I'm going to buy five copies (for now) to give out at Christmas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am 16 and I read the book Wump World by Bill Peet for the first time yesterday at my friend's house. As someone who is much older than the audience this book is meant for, let me just say I still found the book to be moving and amazing. It is a great read for all ages and i highly reccomend it. I think the book has a message that kids should grow up knowing. I definitely think you should pick up this book. (and stop the pollutants)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite Bill Peet book (although The Whingdingdilly is close) and one of my favorite children's books. My father (who is also a children't book writer) read it to me over 15 years ago, and it has played a role in my love of the environment and environmental issues in general, although I did not realize it at the time! Bill Peet's illustration's are wonderful and the apparent simplicity of the story is also a key feature so that every child can understand the message of the book. The last page of the story really leaves the reader with a sense of optimism, which is very important for children to have. A must read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LP on March 3, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I loved this book when I was a little girl - introduced to it in first grade - and I love it as an adult. It made me teary then, and it makes me teary now. But hope is the central theme - the wumps, in the end, survive, return to the surface, and take up their lives, repairing the damage done by the invaders.

The wumps themselves are modelled after a South American rodent called the capybara, which I had never heard of until I was visiting a zoo as an adult and said, "Oh my gosh, a WUMP!" (My husband thought I was crazy.) I hadn't thought about the wumps for years, but it all came rushing back, and the book was JUST as good now as it was when I was a child.

The Peet family cared for a capybara for a while, and you can read about THAT in "Capyboppy," a "chapter book" for young readers. But the wumps are cuter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CLASS on November 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
This was my favorite book as a child. I had a very difficult time learning to read and the Whump World held my attention (great text and great pictures). I still own my childhood copy- which is very well worn. I love to share this book with children who visit and look forward to sharing it with my son. It is always a huge hit with everyone and it has a great message to boot. The Whump World still puts a simle on my face.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Gloistein on December 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have strong memories of this book from when I was a child. It had a profound imapct on me and I truly think it has attributed to my environmental/earth awareness. It is a powerful book for children as it conveys the importance of preserving the earth and taking other creatures in to consideration. I searched for this book for a long time until I found it recently at a garage sale. Maybe it just came back into print? Highly recommended for all ages!
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