REVIEW OF: Watership Down

Reviewed by: Will

If you were to look at the cover of the book, Watership Down by Richard Richard Adams, you would say, “Aw, look at the cute little bunny!”  Don’t worry, I did it too.  This is another great example of why you should not judge a book by it’s cover.  These “cute bunnies” go on many adventures: fighting and running from cats, dogs, foxes, other rabbits, and even humans.  This journey starts at a rabbit warren (a connection of underground burrows where the rabbits live) where a rabbit named Fiver, has a bad feeling about the safety of the warren.  He joins forces with another rabbit, Hazel, and together they gather as many others as they can.  They escape the warren just in time, before it is destroyed by humans for farmland.  The pioneers then keep traveling, forging rivers, climbing mountains, escaping snares, and avoiding predators, trying to find the perfect place for a new warren.

There are many things I love about this book.  First is the way the author, Richard Adams, is so descriptive.  He gives every single detail, making an amazing and thorough picture in your mind.  Secondly, I love how each animal has its own culture.  For example, the rabbits have their own language, their own way of communication, even their own legends.  And again, the author describes this so well, making it easier to take in all of the information. Lastly, the author adds a poem at the begging of each chapter, every one by some amazing poet. These poems summarize the important parts of the chapter, hooking you before you even read the first word.

I would recommend this book to ages 10 and up.  Younger children might find this book to sad or depressing.  Also the book is full of large and enhancing words that young readers might not understand.  Although this book can be sad, and can be hard to understand at times, it is full of teamwork and perseverance that could help you in your own life as well.