Morgan, John Masefield High School and Sixth Form
Wed Wabbit is a fun and lighthearted book that I very much enjoyed reading. It handles the balance of realism and stranger, fictional aspects very well and contains some of the most unique-yet loveable-characters I've read for a while. I'll admit there were some parts of the book that had me raising and eyebrow and questioning it however, overall it was understandable and easy to follow. It is incredibly funny and had some scenes that genuinely made me laugh out loud whilst reading.
The only issue, and main aspect that i think could be improved, in the book was the fact that the author seems to have a tendency of ruining important moments or messages with humour. As if she wrote a serious scene then decide to hide it underneath a blanket of jokes so that only a portion of the original content remained. This really annoyed me as it is obvious the author is a skilled writer (evidenced by the scene where Minnie is hit by the car) who shouldn't need to do this. I understand it is a children's book, and that maybe she felt making powerful scenes or important ideas funny would make it easier for children to understand but to me it just felt like a waste of talent and ideas.
Personally, I think children's books should be bolder and more confident with how they address big issues, as I think making it clear what the problems are and why they exist makes it easier to raise children who understand and want to solve them. By involving large problems in children's books (and other forms of entertainment) and exposing them to these problems at a young age it helps prepare them for experiences when they're older and leaves them less in the dark when they have to actually face said problems in todays world.
This book had huge potential to do this, with its themes of grief, guilt, preconceived judgements, neglect from those in power and corruption; the author could have used the books lighter themes and overall fun nature to make these stronger, and arguably more important, themes stand more on their own yet not be overwhelming by balancing it with the other aspects of the book-yet they felt like a last minute edition. This means to a child reading the book, who is still learning about the world, these serious issues are an afterthought or aren't even considered and I don't think that's right.
Overall this is a wonderful and very enjoyable book that I think any child would love to read and as long as you don't mind some childish humour and glossed over issues any teenager could enjoy as well.
Posted on: 4th May 2018 at 05:49 pm
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