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Wed Wabbit Hardcover – January 5, 2017
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Advance Praise for Wed Wabbit:
"If Lissa Evans' Wed Wabbit doesn't win a clutch of prizes I will be amazed. Inventive, funny, and not a word out of place. A future classic." -- Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller, Book of the Month Pick
"In 50 years time, people may say 'It's a bit like Wed Wabbit' in the way they now say 'it's a bit like Narnia'." -- Nick Lake, publisher and author
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"Wacky, funny and ever so mysterious, this clever tale hits the ground running and never lets up… A vastly engaging, must-read mystery infused with the perfect touch of captivating conjuration―er, magic." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A book full of warmth, sharp humour and clever puzzles" -- Patrick Ness, Time Out
"Entertaining... an old-fashioned mystery of the kids-besting-clueless-adults variety." -- Publishers Weekly
"Stuart is a likable, plucky little guy, the Charlie Bucket to great-uncle Tony's Willy Wonka... The elements of magical realism that waft through the narrative keep things humming along nicely." -- Booklist
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You can see how many concepts, plots, and characters from EVERY book, movie, TV show for kids you can squeeze into one brief adventure!
Just of the top of my head (sometimes I take notes, but not when I'm reading/laughing so fast and hard) this one has touches of: "The Velveteen Rabbit", "Alice in Wonderland", "Harry Potter" , "Thomas the Tank Engine", "Shining Time Station", "The Wizard of Oz', "Labyrinth", "Let's Pretend" (ask your grandparents) "Mr I. Magination" (see previous parentheses) "Land of the Lost" and even... no, maybe especially, "Teletubbies". These ingredients are mixed together with maximum perverseness, outrageous reaches of wackiness, just enough mystery to make your child.. or his grandad, think ACTIVELY about solutions, a heroine named Fidge (short for Iphigenia, if you please) who will steal your heart and NEVER give it back, and you've got a must read for anyone under the age of 100!
Lissa Evans is a marvelous storyteller and character-creator, and "Wed Wabbit" seems to be a great example. I'm glad children can enjoy Evans' writing.
Still coping with her father’s death, ten-year old Iphigenia – “Fidge” – must also deal with her annoying and incredibly cute four-year-old sister, Minnie. Minnie is obsessed with a book, “The Land of Wimbley Woos”, and with her red-velvet, worn stuffed rabbit. In a burst of anger, caused by Minnie’s delay tactics during a shopping trip, Fidge kicks Wed Wabbit into the street. Minnie runs after him; a car hits her. While Minnie is recovering in the hospital, Fidge must stay with her aunt, uncle and with her cousin, Graham. Graham fears everything and isolates himself in his room. In a second burst of anger – this time directed at Graham, Fidge hurls his transitional object, a plastic carrot on wheels, down a dark stairway. When the two venture down the stairs to recover the carrot, their adventure begins and the Wimbley Woos, as well as Dr. Carrot, Ella the Elephant, and, of course, Wed Wabbit, join the children on the adventure.
The characterization of Wed Wabbit” is spot-on. The Wimbley Woos, as do Dr. Seuss’ Who’s, speak only in rhyme. Lissa Evans does a marvelous job crafting the rhymes so that they are not awkwardly worded and read smoothly, fit into the story seamlessly, and provide important details about the characters. These colorful Wimbley Woos provide an array of personality types in an imaginative, non-threatening form. Fidge is depicted in a realistic manner; she must cope with her father’s death and with the feeling of responsibility for her mother and sister that is typical for the oldest child in a family when a parent dies. Graham’s phobias and apprehensive nature become challenges that he must overcome in order to help Fidge; they also become challenges for Fidge who must learn patience and understanding.
Lissa Evans uses the story in “Wed Wabbit” to subtly teach children that actions have consequences, sometimes far more serious than imagined. Understanding and patience, overcoming fears, and the value of teamwork and cooperation all play vital roles in the characters’ development throughout “Wed Wabbit”. Vocabulary in the book is rich and varied; the narrative is a pleasure to read.
“Wed Wabbit” is sure to become one of my grandchildren’s favorite books. I will be looking for additional Lissa Evans’ books for their – and my own - reading pleasure.
My grandson is almost 7 and an advanced reader but because this book explored a fantasy world and wasn't a genre he had explored yet we decided to take turns reading it to each other. I have to say that I enjoyed the story just as much as he did!
Told in the voice of a young and independent thinking young girl it was easy to slip into her world and explore the adventure she has - not at all scary but certainly intriguing, it kept us reading well after the times we had allotted for story time!
Humor pops up often and sometimes to the point that we even quoted lines back and forth to each other just to laugh again.
I think anyone would enjoy this book whether they are a child or a lover of children.
Frankly, it was the most fun read I have had in a long time!