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The Wump World

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  1,636 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
The Pollutians invade the Wump World and turn the green meadows into a concrete jungle. Annotation The Wump World is an unspoiled place until huge monsters bring hordes of tiny creatures from the planet Pollutus. Editorial Reviews The Wumps lead a bucolic life on their own planet. One day they are invaded by the Pollutians, who it seems have overdeveloped and destroyed the ...more
Paperback, 44 pages
Published April 27th 1981 by Houghton Mifflin (Jp) (first published 1970)
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Apr 22, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
So I've had this book since forever. I remember really enjoying it as a child and it still holds its old charm for me as an adult.

For those not in the know, this is a wump (or more specifically, several wumps):


They are likely the reason I find Capybaras awesome. For those ignorant of these fair beasts, here is a picture of one:


Here is a picture of a family of them:


And here is one with a caiman:


OK, maybe I am just using this review as an excuse to post Capybara pictures, but the resemblance is st
Feb 25, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: Lisa--thank you!
(SPOILERS) I really liked some things about this book, and I had a few issues with other aspects. It tells the story of the gentle (and adorable!) Wumps, the only creatures to inhabit a small and grassy planet, and the Pollutians (from the planet Pollutus) who come to take over (their arrival looks like something out of "Avatar"!!!) turning the green world into a concrete jungle and polluted mess. The poor little Wumps have to hide in caves underground for many years--until the Pollutians destro ...more
Lisa Vegan
This is a very 1970 book. The first Earth Day was in the spring of 1970, and I was mostly involved in it because that was the semester I was editor of the school paper and we covered it extensively. I don’t remember this book though.

The wumps are probably the cutest fictional creatures I ever did see. I love the illustrations of them: their expressions, movements, their young riding on the backs of the adults; they’re just so lovable and adorable.

The wump world is a bucolic place and then it’s

“The Wump World” is an inspiring environmental story from the great mind of Bill Peet and it is about how the Wumps’ world changes when a race called the Pollutians come onto the Wump world and start polluting the world. “The Wump World” is a truly effective tale that really delivers the message of the dangers of pollution in a creative and dramatic way.

Bill Peet has done a magnificent job at bringing the message of the consequences of polluting as the Wump World becomes so polluted that no lif
Joel Spring
Apr 09, 2009 Joel Spring rated it it was amazing
When I was a child, I read the heck out of Bill Peet's library of books. His stories were entertaining, sometimes thought provoking (especially to a child), and the artwork was detailed and fun without being overly trite. This is the book that stands out to me the most.

The story of the Wumps is a timeless morality tale, that is as relevant as it was when the book was written, as it is today.

My mother was an elementary school teacher before she retired and still retains much of her class library
Apr 03, 2016 Aimee rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-kids
As soon as I saw the cover, I knew I had to read it. And then I saw the publication date (1970) and I got even more excited. Opened the book and saw rocket ships... not quite what I expected for a book with a bunch of fuzzy rodents on the cover.

The message is obvious: humans are destroying the planet. Sadly, even more so now than 45 years ago. Some of the illustrations are a little ugly by today's standards, but this book would be a good way into a conversation with your elementary schooler abou
Apr 25, 2013 E.B. rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book when I was a kid. It's amazing.

No wonder I turned out the way I did.
Nov 20, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We borrowed this book from our local library as part of a kit with an audiocassette. We listened to the story in the car while our girls followed along with the book. I read the story myself later to catch the effect of the illustrations. The story reminded us strongly of The Lorax and has a hit-you-on-the-head environmental message. Overall, it's an entertaining and cautionary story and we all enjoyed it.

This story was selected as one of the books for the April 2010 - Environmental and Nature
John Clark
May 13, 2010 John Clark rated it really liked it
This colorful book provides an approachable introduction to the interrelated problems of resource consumption, environmental degradation, and pollution. A friend of mine dropped it in my lap after we had finished watching "The Cove" and started talking about sustainability and respect for nature, and I think it does an admirable job of sketching out the bigger picture with broad strokes. The resolution is rather abrupt, which risks misleading readers about the intensity of the analogous problems ...more
Stephanie A.
Jan 26, 2013 Stephanie A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, own-it
As far as children's books about environmentalism go, this outstrips the Lorax by a mile in terms of charm. The problem aliens are much funnier-looking, for starters. And more to the point, who wouldn't feel sorry for cuddly little Wumps? Evidently modeled after capybaras, they're plump little fluffballs of placid cuteness - one of my favorite species in the Peet menagerie.
Feb 25, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
Awww. This book is just wonderful. I love the illustrations. And the text is just right. Nothing "off" about the writing here. I also love the bittersweet ending. I don't remember reading this as a kid, but I think I would have loved it.
Sep 22, 2016 Francis rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
I remember really enjoying this book as a kid. Now I'm going to have to find my old copy of it to read to my son.
Apr 14, 2013 Monique rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Led to a good discussion with my 4 year old son about how we treat our planet, and how not to be like the Pollutians. Very strong environmental message that definitely resonated with us.
Miss Ryoko
Mar 13, 2017 Miss Ryoko rated it liked it
It astounds me how even many many years ago (this book was written in 1970), authors, filmmakers, and many other artists of varying talents were expressing the mass amount of pollution and world destruction through their art mediums, nothing seems to have been done throughout this world to help with the continued mass pollution and destruction of our world. It saddens me that for over 30 years, this has been an issue, and for over 30 years, it has been ignored. I fear for this planet especially ...more
Ethan Stone
Jan 20, 2017 Ethan Stone rated it it was amazing
You so have to read this book so educational
Yasmine Yang
Jan 15, 2017 Yasmine Yang rated it it was amazing
At first I thought it was a happy and funny story, because the wumps looked really cute. However, When I finished this book I was really sad.
I know the Pollutians means the human beings, we always just like the Pollutians in this book. The Pollutians polluted one plant then go to the another plant. But can we humans find another Earth to pollute?
Sep 18, 2014 Rhayne rated it liked it
Humans urbanize and industrialize the earth, building great cites, monuments and roads which expand outward as with the population. Consuming all that is left of actual nature with each layer of cement. We spit toxic fumes into our air while leaving piles of unwanted goods on our land and in our shores; we are parasitic to our planet. Yet, as children we don’t fully recognize how our interactions with the earth can have great effect on its outcome. We do not recognize that in order for the eart ...more
The Wump World is written and illustrated by Bill Peet. It takes place on a different planet where only the Wumps live. That is until one day their planet gets invaded by outsiders called the Pollutians. There are thousands of them that come marching in, frightened the Wumps decide to hide underground. The Pollutians then decide to bring in a bunch of machinery to turn this planet into their new home. In just a few days, as the Wumps are still hiding, the Pollutians turn the Wums home into a ful ...more
Feb 05, 2010 Jo rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Bill Peet with an environmental theme.

The Wump World is a small world filled with grassy meadows, leafy green trees and winding rivers and the Wumps are the only creatures living there. Until one morning, out of the sky come Pollutians from the planet Pollutus. The Pollutians decide they want to live in Wump World and soon the Wumps are forced to retreat underground as giant machinery starts gobbling up trees and skyscrapers and highways appear. The Wumps are very unhappy
Tandava Brahmachari
I only specifically remembered one Bill Peet book from my childhood, but it wasn't in the library when I went to collect things for illustration research. But looking through his others, I found that I instantly recognized many of the pictures, even though I had no memory of the titles or stories. This was one of those.

If I didn't remember much of the story, it's probably because this isn't much of one to remember. The Wumps are completely passive, and the ecological moral is extremely heavy-ha
Karly Winters
May 27, 2015 Karly Winters rated it really liked it
This is a book of my choosing about the little wumps from Wump World, who live a happy peaceful life until one day, people from anther planet come in and tear their planet apart. The Wumps are forced to retreat, and after struggling to survive, the intruders decide that they’re done tearing the planet apart and leave. The Wumps eventually find a place untouched by the intruders and keep on living their lives happily. As for the part destroyed, with time, it begins to return to its natural state. ...more
Sep 12, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody especially kids
Shelves: children
This is one of my all time favorite books. I started reading it in the 2nd grade at Chinook Elementary School in Anchorage Alaska. I knew exactly where it was shelved in the library so even if i forgot the title or the author I could go back and pick it up over and over again.
In a world finally trying to go GREEN this is a book that was there and understanding of this need back in the 70's.
Bill Peet was a brilliant story writer and has these delicate color pencil drawings that showcase mood, s
Dec 09, 2013 Corinne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book in a free bin and because of the illustrations I took it home. I figured I could check it out and pass it on to my niece. Now that I have, I'll return it to the free bin instead. I hate books that share stress with kids for things they have nothing to do with. Sure kids grow up and do amazing things as adults and sometimes kids do really amazing things when they are still young. I do my best to make them a good stewart of the planet but I don't find this type of story something I ...more
Oct 19, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
The Wump World far exceeded my expectations. I selected the book because I liked the cute illustrations of the critters on the cover. But as I started to read, the author quickly wove in themes of materialism, technological advancement, and the range of relationship between living things and the Earth. The story follows a community of furry critters as they undergo the invasion of their lovely green homeland from "Pollutions" -- a sort of imperialists from another planet. Even with the severe th ...more
May 21, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
This book holds something special to me. It holds a childhood memory of intrigue and wonder. I can still remember running up to my Grandma in this little overpriced book store holding "The Wump World" in front of me like a world wonder on display. Part of the reason that I love this book so much might be tied up in that memory. But truly, only a part, for this book can stand on its own. Can it be that something so simple as a children's book can show the effect of pollution on a world? Is it som ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Shayla added it
I enjoy reading this book, but I found it heartbreaking. This book reflects the social issue of global warming. Essentially, how humans are destroying everything and about to leave the Earth with pollution and so forth. The wump creatures were so frighten that they stayed underground until the humans left. They were left with oversize buildings and the ground was mostly covered with concrete. As a lesson plan for children, I would have students create a collage of all the horrible things that ca ...more
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Cora Robles
Jul 21, 2015 Cora Robles rated it it was amazing
I loved this book growing up! I would check it out from the library over and over. It even came with a CD so I could listen to the story and background noises of each scene. When I got older I decided I needed a copy of my own but sadly it didn't come the audio. Still, I love rereading it and keep my copy in my special treasure box with the other books of my childhood. I definitely recommend this book as it has a great message about pollution.
Marte Haugen
Apr 20, 2015 Marte Haugen rated it it was amazing
Bill Peet keeps captivating us with his amazing illustrations and unique tales. This book tells the story of a group of creatures living happily and peacefully on a distant planet called Wump World. One day the Wumps' land is invaded by Pollutians and they are forced to go underground while the invaders are building highways, skyscrapers and polluting the lakes surrounding them. In a world like this, will the Wumps ever get their homes back?
Apr 18, 2008 Leona rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy, ecology
Great book for Earth Day. The sweet Wump World in invaded by the Pollutians (guess who?). They set about to build and build and bustle and bustle until they've polluted up Wump World so bad they decided to leave. It's a happy ending because--people leave!!! We don't come off too great in this book. I guess I was hoping the Pollutians would learn from the Wumps' example and change, because it's so easy for people to change, right?
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Bill Peet was an American children's book illustrator and a story writer for Disney Studios. He joined Disney in 1937 and worked on The Jungle Book, Song of the South, Cinderella, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, Goliath II, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, Pinocchio, Fantasia, The Three Caballeros, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and other stories.

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