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Wed Wabbit

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  503 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
You're called Fidge and you're nearly eleven. You've been hurled into a strange world. You have three companions: two are unbelievably weird and the third is your awful cousin Graham.

You have to solve a series of nearly impossible clues.

You need to deal with a cruel dictator and three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly). And the whole situation -
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published January 5th 2017 by David Fickling
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Joyously anarchic, wildly inventive and will make you laugh like a demented loon, forget that this is a children's book and just dive in and read it. Imagine if Alice had met the Teletubbies, in a Monty Python show reimagining Chitty Chitty Bang that? This is a bit like that, but weirder, funnier and with more heart.

I love, love, love this.
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Wed Wabbit is perfect in so many ways. It is about a young girl Fidge (short for Iphigenia) whose sister Minnie (short for Minerva) is injured in an accident. Her mum needs to be with Minnie in the hospital, so Fidge has to stay at her aunt and uncle’s house. The problem is that she can’t stand her ‘difficult’ younger cousin, Graham.

Minnie, although not physically present for the majority of the time, dominates the story. She insists that Fidge repeatedly must read to her from her favour
May 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wed Wabbit by Lisa Evans has been shortlisted alongside seven other books for the 2018 Carnegie Medal. (I have already written reviews of Rook and Beyond the Bright Sea, two other nominees.)
The Carnegie is a literary prize based in the UK which focuses on recently published fiction for children and teenagers. Even though this is not an age range I read at, I read and review this shortlist every year with others and then put my reviews up on Goodreads.

I must say, throughout my group, Wed Wabbit w
E L E A N O R (bookishcourtier)

Let's face it, I never thought I would love this book. However, I did not expect to be so intensely irritated by a book that I wanted to throw it against a wall and start pounding my head on the ground. Literally the moment I finished this I took big gulps of relieved breaths because I was so glad to get out. That irritation has literally masked my whole opinion of this book and I could literally not rate it higher, even if I wanted to.

Looking past the horrib
Monica Edinger
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is MY kind of whimsy. That is, this is a story pushing back on traditional whimsy in a witty and wry way that is still ultimately a journey story for a couple of kids. (The sort of whimsy that made Dorothy Parker " fwowed up" in her famous review of Pooh.) I'm eager to read it aloud as I sense it would go really well. Will update this review once I do.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cannot believe how great this book was. I was expecting...I don't know, a humorous missing toy story and I'm still kind of in awe over where this book went, how it handled it, and how much I had no idea of what was coming next.
It's so freaking cool. It's like Judy Blume (of Superfudge days) wrote a version of Wizard of Oz, as seen through the eyes of a 4 year old. I found myself actually snort laughing aloud while I read this. It has a quest, insane characters, a sense of urgency....and can I
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
A page turner...I kept turning em so could finish the darn thing. Nowhere near as good as it sounds. It has some ok ideas which mostly seem pinched from a host of things, and comes across as a sort of self help book for kids. Funny in places but only where it channels Monty python. Claimed as anarchic and surreal but doesn't really touch the sides. Many children I'm sure will love it, and that's the point, but there are so many more imaginative and fun books out there. This is overlong and ultim ...more
Graine Milner
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: y7-8, carnegie-2018
I'd give this book ten stars if I could - I've read so many great books this year, but I think this has got to be my favourite. Slightly surreal, extremely funny, but also has poignancy and heart. Lissa Evans is a very clever writer - there are so many little details that delight. I love the king who can't be bothered to speak in rhyme, Eleanor Elephant's business cards, the daring (but loud) Greens, the ever-hopeful Pinks... just wonderful!
Alex English
Astonishingly good. It's a kind of Alice in Wonderland meets the Teletubbies. Heartwarming and funny; brilliantly written middle-grade perfection.
When her four-year-old sister Minnie is hospitalized after an injury, ten-yer-old Fidge finds herself an odd world populated by different-colored trash cans and 3,000 Wimbley Woos. It becomes clear that this is no ordinary place but one inspired by your sister's favorite book series and her imagination. Because you mistreated her stuffed pet, Wed Wabbit, bad things are happening, and it is up to you and your obnoxious and sickly cousin Graham to fix things. Naturally, Fidge is desperate to get b ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The beginning was so depressing! Fidge was arguing with her little sister Minnie, the father is dead, Minnie gets run over by a car and ends up in a hospital... (And by the way, it's Fidge's fault. At least kind of.)

And Fidge goes to live with her cousin who is extremely distressed and seeing danger everywhere.

Fidge and Graham get separated when they end up in the Land of Wimbley Woos, which is basically at war, and everything is so weird and dark and hopeless...

Um, I thought this book was suppo
Amy at Golden Books Girl
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a gloriously imaginative tale, Lissa Evans transports Fidge to the world of her sister`s favourite books, after Fidge`s frustration with sister Minnie`s toy Wed Wabbit ends in disaster. In the world of Wimbley Woo, Wed Wabbit is now a dictator, and to find her way back home, Fidge must work with irritating cousin Graham, a toy elephant and a tiny carrot toy who thinks it`s a doctor, as well as negotiate Wimbley Woos and avoid the wrath of Wed Wabbit. The world is entirely unique, really does ...more
Alicja Górska
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Książka Lissy Evans dotyka pewnych trudnych tematów, jak radzenie sobie ze śmiercią i strachem, lecz robi to bardzo subtelnie. Pisarka prezentuje różne oblicza obaw oraz poprzez działania fantastycznych, lecz wyraźnie bardziej dojrzałych niż protagoniści, postaci podsuwa sposoby radzenia sobie z nimi. „Dorośli” bohaterowie Evans, jak Doktor Marchewka albo personalna trenerka Słonica Sonia, nie zmuszają Funi czy jej kuzyna Grahama (zmagającego się z liczny
Karen Barber
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
What do you do when your four year old sister is hospitalised and you find yourself in a grotesque world inhabited by your little sister’s toys? Thankfully, it’s not a situation we’re ever going to be in, but eleven year old Fidge does.
Fidge has to solve the mystery of how to rescue the Wimbly Woos from the tyranny of Wed Wabbit, the enormous bunny who has taken control of all around him without thinking about what his subjects need.
I started reading this because it’s on the long list for the Ca
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fidge feels guilty - is it her fault that her little sister, Minnie, ran across the road and got hit by a car? She is forced to stay with her aunt and uncle and their severely risk averse son, Graham but somehow the two of them are transported to the world of her sister's favourite book with coloured characters called Wimbley Woos. In the course of the adventures they have there , Fidge and her cousin become friends and must work together to get back home with Wed Wabbit, now a tyrant but in the ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a cute and smart book, there's no doubt about it. Despite experiencing a few moments when I was feeling bored or irritated, I quite enjoyed reading it and I think that many kinds are going to love it. At the same time I do not understand how it can be called brilliant or an instant classic. It's fun, sure, but I think what Evans did here has already been done before many, many times. And I'm not even going to say "by Carol Lewis" - although it's obviously heavily inspired by "Alice in Wonde ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I have noticed a number of excellent reviews of this book and it was shortlisted for the Costa Children's book award 2017. However the pupils in my school library (aged 11-12) often returned it unfinished and struggled to understand what was going on. I think it is a great book but the humour is aimed at adults and is not on a child's level. I sometimes think that reviewers, publishers etc. often forget that the success of a book particularly if it is aimed at children should not be based on our ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Haha, delightful. Read it. Forget that it's kid lit and jump in for a funny and heartwarming ride.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
What fun! Reminds me of James Howe and Narnia and several other things, but not in a derivative way. Really charming.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was expecting the worst, I got it. but it wasn't AS bad as other people said it was, the characters were rubbish, the plot was rubbish, and the whole thing in general was rubbish. however people bare with rubbish, and so did I. just about bare with it.
I HAVE NO IDEA why it is on the shortlist, it is for younger readers, however it was still a really bad plot, a really bad character. but hey, who doesn't like a carrot on wheels.
Amanda Marquart
Mar 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: j-fiction
How did this book get so many good reviews? I finished it, as it is my obligation as a book reviewer, but it was near painful.
This book seems to offer a funny and scary story at the same time, but the delivery is just strange. Fidge and her weird cousin Graham are transported to an imaginary world after Fidge's sister is injured. They need to figure out how to get back to the real world so they can be there to help Minnie recover. Full of strange trash-can creatures, weird rhymes, and so much n
Sam Barnard
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book with my 10 year old son although the story was not to bad the writing i feel was much to hard for the age group it is marketed at. And it was much to wordy if that makes sense.
Amy Jane Alice
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
“It was such an ordinary evening, but every detail of it would matter; every detail would become vital.” Ok so I was hooked from the first sentence. This might technically be a Children’s book, but that was soon forgotten as I became immersed in the story…

Not only is this book covered by a lovely illustrated dust jacket, the hardcover itself is a beautiful purple and looks amazing with or without a cover! The book opens with a beautifully illustrated map which was interesting to pore over and re
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant and entertaining fantasy! Elements of Alice, Phantom Tollbooth, Wizard of Oz and The Secret Garden but totally original. Had been anxiously awaiting a new Stuart book but this will do nicely. Enough humour to soften the messages, which include finding the courage to face your fears, thinking about the worth in many different types of people, and working together for a better world. I found the dulling effects of the creeping whiteness especially funny (a desire to check your insuranc ...more
Jim From YAYeahYeah
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Definitely the strangest, absolutely the most imaginative, and almost certainly one of the very best children's books of recent years. The story of Fidge and Graham's desperate attempt to escape the tywanny of Wed Wabbit is simultaneously hilarious and moving, with great character arcs for both of them. An amazing set of supporting characters adds to the fun, while Lissa Evans's world-building is A+. Utterly spectacular, an absolute must-read.
Leanne Wain
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god. A future classic of the "Plunged into a magical and confusing world and given A Quest " genre. A Wizard of Oz without all the ex machina. Alice in Wonderland without the creepy context. A modern great. I bloody loved it.

Fidge, an intelligent and practical 10 year old with problems expressing her feelings, has accidentally caused an accident that has resulted in her 4 year old sister, Minnie ending up in the hospital with a broken leg. She was mad at Minnie, the irritating little siste
Bev  Keenan-Smith
Wed Wabbit is the story of a ten year old girl called Fidge. She lives with her mum and sister, her dad having died two years earlier. The title comes from her little sister, Minnie’s, favourite toy – Red Rabbit. Minnie is unable (or chooses not) to pronounce the letter ‘r’. Fidge is often tasked with reading stories to Minnie from her favourite book, The Land of Wimbley Woos. Out shopping, Minnie drops her toy and, feeling resentful, Fidge kicks it out into the road. Minnie runs after it and ge ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humor, j, life, not-graphic
Wimbley Land has been wun in a wegwettable way, but now the time of weckoning has come, wequiwing a bweak from the past and a cwackdown on tweats and welaxation. It will take an extwemely stwong stwuggle to wight these wongs. . . .

These intwuders must leave or there will be twouble!! Tewwible, tewwible twouble!!


In Wimbley Land live Wimbley Woos
Who come in many different hues
In Yellow, Pink and Green and Blue
In Orange, Gray, and Purple too.

Yellow are timid, Blue are strong
Gray are wise and
The old adage of never judging a book by a cover was written for this little tome. Whilst it looks madcap and goon like what you actually have is a clever little story that deals with the mental stress of losing a dad and over protective parents, as well as transitional objects being the focus for emotion and control. Fidge (short for Iphigenia) kicks the whole thing off, by being so annoyed at her sister and mum that she literally kicks her sister’s ‘wed wabbit’ toy on to a road and thus starts ...more
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After a brief career in medicine, and an even briefer one in stand-up, Lissa Evans became a comedy producer, first in radio and then in television. Her first novel, Spencer's List, was published in 2002, and since then she has written three more books for adults (two of them longlisted for the Orange/Baileys Prize) and two for children (the first of them shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal). Her tw ...more
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