Gail, The John Mason Readers
Imagine you got catapulted into a strange world. Then imagine that the world is from your sister’s favourite book that you have read a 100 times. Finally imagine that your only companions are an elephant life coach, a talking carrot on wheels, and your annoying cousin.
When Fidge kicks her sister's toy into the road and Minnie (her sister) runs after it and gets hit by a car, Fidge has to go to her annoying cousin Graham’s house and then gets transported unexpectedly to the Land of Wimbley Woos. It is straight out of Minnie’s book. Then, with Eleanor the elephant, Dr. Carrot the carrot, and Graham, Fidge has to save this land from Wed Wabbit, an evil dictator who just happens to be her sisters favourite toy. And while this is happening, the country is being bleached of all colour and life.
Although I wasn’t sure I would like ‘Wed Wabbit’ as the title and blurb made it sound quite childish, I absolutely loved this book. The perspective was of Fidge, a 10 ½ year old girl. I think this was quite a good view point as Fidge was old enough to know what was happening and not young or old to connect with. Furthermore, it was good that Fidge already knew about the Wimbley Woos and all about her sister because otherwise the plot would not have worked. For example, Fidge knew that the ‘Lost device’ in the purple’s prophecy was Minnie’s toy phone or what the Wimbley Woos were like and if she hadn’t known, then lots of key points in the story could not have been completed.
Additionally, the character development was great and I could clearly picture all the characters. The way they interacted was realistic even though it was a fictional world. In particular, I liked the way Graham developed through the book. In the beginning, he was scared of almost everything which restricted what he was able to do; by the end of the book, Graham was friendly and had learnt not to be confined by fears.
As well as this, the plot was engaging and despite knowing that it would probably have a happy ending, some parts made me nervous that things wouldn’t turn out alright in the end. For example, when Minnie didn’t seem to say anything useful over the phone I was worried the characters would never get the information they needed. Also, it was really mysterious like when at the start Fidge had to figure out what to do and the purple wimbley woos’ prophecy was really bewildering. In addition, I enjoyed the way that the author (Lissa Evans) used font and size to show exactly how the characters were speaking.
Overall, I loved this book and would recommend it for anyone between 8 and 14. I would rate this 10/10.
Posted on: 23rd April 2018 at 08:19 pm
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