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The Fantastic Family Whipple (The Fantastic Family Whipple #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  252 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
For every child who’s ever dreamed of being in the Guinness Book of World Records comes the story of eleven-year-old Arthur Whipple and his fantastic family of world record breakers . . .

- Most Crème Brulée Eaten in One Minute
- Highest Number of Matching Outfits Worn by a Stuffed Toy and Its Owner
- Youngest Person to Summit the Third-Highest Mountain in the World

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by Razorbill (first published August 1st 2013)
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Sep 01, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, bea
Today, we open with a rant. Now, this isn't really about this book in particular or anything the author did. This rant is about publishers and how they like to sneak series into our lives. Listen, I don't mind series, though I am getting a bit tired of everything being part of a series, but what I cannot abide by is thinking a book is a standalone and it turning out to be the first book in a series. Nothing in the blurb or on Goodreads indicates that this is part of a series, but, as the last ch ...more
Jun 11, 2013 Greta rated it really liked it
I was really surprised that this book ended where it did -- it almost felt like the author realized that he'd have to write a second book to finish this story arc. Which is a bit annoying-- I wanted this story to conclude and for the inevitable second book to be its own story. Still, there were parts when I actually laughed out loud (mostly relating to the protagonist Arthur's arch nemesis, Prince Bobo the chimpanzee.

But, the world records in the appendix kind of makes up for all shortcomings.
Courtney Luke
Mar 12, 2013 Courtney Luke rated it it was amazing
MUST READ! The clever and endearing voice and fantastical characters will take you on the most memorable adventure! Nothing short of EXTRAORDINARY!
Jun 01, 2013 hhertzof rated it liked it
Started off clever but the premise had worn thin by the end.
Laney Smith
Mar 05, 2015 Laney Smith rated it liked it

Arthur Whipple is a let-down to his entire family. He is one of the many children of the Whipple family, who is known to have broken the most world records as a family than any other in the world.

Why, oh why does every book have to be turned into a series? Especially when it could be a stand-alone book...

Publishers, you've done it yet've put another series in my life that honestly (no offense to any publisher, author, etc.) could really be a stand alone book if the plot had been con
Feb 03, 2014 Angie rated it it was ok
Arthur Whipple doesn't fit in his family. Everyone else has the same birthday and breaks world records every day. Arthur was born a day early and has failed at every record he has attempted to break. Even the people who work for the Whipples are record holders. Arthur tries everything to make his family see and appreciate him but they never do. Then a mysterious dwarf and giant ruin the big birthday bash and a family from Mr. Whipple's past comes back and beats the Whipples at everything. The fa ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Joshua rated it really liked it
I really liked this book... it's absurd... it's cute... it's funny... but...

it's half a book... rising action, drama, twists... but no resolution... not the only book I've read that committed this sin... but at 350 plus pages... there was no need...

there's dangling plot lines and there's this...

torn between 3 and 5 stars... low 4 stars due to this issue... hope book 2 resolves things better!
Dec 06, 2013 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
I liked this book a lot but there were a few things that bothered me. First, it ended so abruptly. It was very suspenseful so it was a huge let down that it just stopped. I would wait until the next one comes out before reading this one. The other thing was it had some violence and violent ideas. Like mothers throwing knives at their children, hoping they are good enough not to hit them. Or an arrow hitting one of the brothers in the back. Also I didn't like the theme that winning is everything ...more
Elizabeth (NC)
Jan 13, 2015 Elizabeth (NC) rated it liked it
Cute book--definitely more for the younger set. Isabel enjoyed it a lot. We'll probably listen to the second one at some point.
Mar 21, 2015 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
"It's hard to say which is worse -- losing one's life, or losing one's greatest world record."

At least it's hard to say for the Whipple Family, so obsessed they are with setting world records. The only family member to not have a world record under his belt is Arthur. Even the date of his birthday, February 29th, caused all kinds of problems because all the other Whipples were born on March 1st. I mean really, couldn't he have waited? Arthur just can't seem to do anything out of the ordinary. An
Nicholas K.
Dec 12, 2014 Nicholas K. rated it it was amazing
If you think being part of a world record holding family is easy and fun, than you should you read The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward and discover how difficult it can be to compete with your family. Meet Arthur Whipple, a young boy, son of Charles Whipple, and failed record breaker since birth. His family is a famous record-breaking family, and Arthur hasn’t been breaking records like they do. He can never seem to get it right. Making things worse, the Whipples are troubled by the ris ...more
Oct 04, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
Arthur Whipple is born (one day early to share their common birth date) into a family that is dedicated to breaking world records, in a society even more obsessed with success than ours. His parents and siblings break records every day, it seems, but not Arthur, whose failures make him feel as though he's not even a family member. Then two things happen: A new family moves nearby and their daughter Ruby seems to like Arthur, and disasters start to strike the family, not least of which is losing ...more
The world of the Whipple's is a fascinating and exciting place, where breaking world records is valued above all other attributes. Where crowds flock to the annual Unsafe Sports event to cheer on death-defying acts, such as mothers throwing knives at their children.

Every member of the Family Whipple - except Arthur - shares the same birthday: March 1st. Every member of the Family Whipple - except Arthur - has broken multiple world records. Arthur has yet to break even one.

Father Whipple keeps a
Mark Baker
Apr 20, 2015 Mark Baker rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2015
Arthur is the only member of the Whipple family who hasn’t broken any world records. It’s not that he hasn’t tried, but he always comes up short. However, when the family birthday party is sabotaged, Arthur might be the only one who can uncover the truth.

I wanted to like this book. I really did. The various world records were outlandishly funny. The characters were good, although most of them don’t get that much development. Unfortunately, the plot was too unfocused and fairly uneven as a result
Jill Cd
Dec 27, 2013 Jill Cd rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor, chapter-book
I just couldn't finish it. I got past page 100 of the 400 pages and was bored. It was too predictable. I thought the concept was interesting and could be very appealing to readers but for me it dragged.
Avery Keller
Sep 12, 2014 Avery Keller rated it really liked it
In the book, The Fantastic Family Whipple, By Matthew Ward, tells a story about a family, the Whipple family, and how they must solve a mystery with their unique abilities. You see, this family is no ordinary family, it is a family that does world records for a living. They have 12 kids, and each child has succeeded at least five world records... well... except for one, and that one is Arthur Whipple. He has not completed any world records, not to mention breaking other sibling’s world records. ...more
Jul 20, 2013 meg rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-novels
three and a half. fun premise and clever writing but the action felt a little to dragged out even before i found out it was going to have a sequel. should have been a stand alone i think.
Aug 18, 2014 Bayla rated it liked it
Buzzwords: Humor, world records, failure, being different, mysterious evil clowns, large families, competition

Crossing the line from humorously silly to slightly ridiculous satire, this was a fun, but not amazing, read. I thought the humor came at the expense of the characters a bit, and made everyone seem a bit too dim. Nevertheless, if you enjoy crazy antics, ex-convict chefs trying to prove their innocence, mysterious evil clowns of uncommon heights, and crazy prodigies with one normal kid wh
May 11, 2014 Megan rated it liked it
What if everyone you knew had an amazing talent - from your four-year-old siblings, to your family pet, to your parents, who can't help but be disappointed in your extreme lack of special skills?

This is the case for poor Arthur Whipple, the least fantastic member of the fantastic family Whipple, in the book of the same name by Matthew Ward. Born into a family of record-breaking prodigies, Arthur feels more than useless as he tries to break record after record, and finds himself left only with a
Jul 21, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Arthur Whipple was a disappointment from the moment he was born. Take this exchange between Arthur’s father and the doctor for example:

Pg. 2 from “Congratulations, Mr. Whipple.” to “This is just a disaster.”

Only the Whipple Family would hope for a baby to have more than 10 fingers and 10 toes. The Fantastic Family Whipple...12 children and 2 adults...who currently hold the World Record for the Most World Records Broken by a Single Family Unit. Every single one of the Whipples holds at least one
Ms. Yingling
Oct 07, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Arthur Whipple is ruining his family's attempts at record breaking. He's born on February 29 instead of 1 March. He can't even stay awake for five days, and isn't helping his family to be the biggest and best at everything so that they can be listed in the Grazelby Guide. The family is so prolific at setting records that they have a full time staff member from the Guide attend to the family. Arthur suspects he might be a victim of the Lyon's Curse, and when things start to go wrong for the whole ...more
Harrison Schwartz
Jun 26, 2013 Harrison Schwartz rated it really liked it
This year, my mom and I attended the Book Expo of America in Manhattan. At the expo, everybody loves books (well that's a shocker). I had conversations about books everywhere; on the autograph lines, eating lunch, etc. While I was waiting for an autograph from Peter Lerangis, I engaged in a conversation with a librarian. We talked about what books we liked and I told her about my blog. She recommended this book to me, and was kind enough to hand me an Advanced Reader Copy, or ARC for short. This ...more
Lisa Tener
Mar 27, 2014 Lisa Tener rated it it was amazing
My sons and I both thoroughly enjoyed this book--laugh out loud funny and full of puns. A fun read, which my middle schooler has read more than once and I read aloud with my elementary school child who loved it. We eagerly anticipate the sequel. I was a bit disgruntled that it did not say part 1 of a series, but the author, Matthew Ward, was so kind when I wrote him asking about the sequel that I am not holding it against him. Sounds like a publisher decision anyway.
Mar 02, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
This book was so creative - the Family Whipple spends all of its time trying to break ridiculous World Records (none of which - I hope! - exist, and all of which were hilarious). Poor Arthur Whipple is the only one of the family who is not a record holder, but not for lack of trying. Then, someone starts sabotaging the family and even trying to kill them! Of course, Arthur is on the case (with his new best friend Ruby)

My only complaint was that I didn't realize this was the first book in a serie
Liberty Schauf
Feb 14, 2014 Liberty Schauf rated it liked it
I really loved the character of Arthur but couldn't stand his parents single-mindedness. Throughout the whole book the parents made Arthur feel as though he wasn't ever good enough because he did have a world record under his belt. It was like they didn't love him. It made me really angry. He supported everyone else in the family but couldn't get a single ounce of love from his parents.
Lucee Lu
Dec 09, 2014 Lucee Lu rated it liked it
While this isn't the greatest book I have read this year, it was very creative and enjoyable. The characters are unique, and Arthur is a great main character. The entire Whipple family is extraordinary and whimsical.
Jun 29, 2015 Sharlynne rated it really liked it
i like this book it has lots of adventures and i really like Ruby she is a lot like me and Sammy is wonderful you should read this book because when i finished this book i cannot wait to read the second book
Oct 22, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing
This book got my daughter really excited about reading again! It is bigger than some of the other books she has read recently, so we read it together, often pausing in between chapters to discuss what was happening in each chapter. Half way through the book, she was reading it in her own, jumping up and down, "Moooom! Guess what happend NOW?"
This book is fun, creative, and a joy for both parents and kids! It was great to see my daughter suddenly more interested in reading even more books! She is
T. P. Jagger
Jan 19, 2015 T. P. Jagger rated it it was ok
There were moments in the book that I really enjoyed. But getting to the end of a rather long book, only to discover that there was absolutely NO resolution to anything, left me too disappointed to rate it higher than 2 stars. I don't mind a book that sets up a sequel, but I still want to be able to read a single book within a series and have a sense that I've done more than read a 1/2-book. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case with THE FANTASTIC FAMILY WHIPPLE, and I wasn't drawn in deeply enoug ...more
Aug 24, 2014 Nikol rated it it was ok
My 13 year old son loved this book, but it just didn't do it for me. I thought it had a decent premise, but there just wasn't enough of a plot to really grab my attention. All the world record stuff felt like a clunky device after a while.
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“Today is the day we Whipples remind ourselves to squeeze every last ounce of success from every moment of our lives.” 2 likes
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