Cricket Readers Recommend

Watership Down

by Richard Adams

In the warren of rabbits, a rabbit named Fiver feels great danger coming in the Warren. Fiver and his brother Hazel try to get as many rabbits out of the warren before it's to late. I myself am a huge warrior cat fan and this book is like like that except it is for rabbit lovers.

Average: 4.3 (7 votes)
submitted by Mathilda B., age
(August 5, 2008 - 1:41 pm)

This is a very good book. It is adventurous and just a little scary. For those who like the Warriors series, read this book. For anyone, read this book.

submitted by Reuben K., age 12, New Jersey
(August 27, 2008 - 12:57 pm)

Agreed, on all counts.

Watership Down (besides, er, starting the Great Pie War of '05) happens to be one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. And yes, it is about rabbits.

Rabbits who go on a truly epic journey to escape from their warren, which is destroyed by human land developers. They have all sorts of fun adventures involving dogs, crows, Those Psycho Rabbits Who Freak Me Out, friendly birds and mice, tame rabbits, gunshot wounds, Those Other Psycho Military Rabbits Who REALLY Freak Me Out, the paranoid schizophrenic leader of said psycho military rabbits, and so on.

And the ending is PERFECT. 

submitted by TNÖ, age 15, Deep Space
(January 17, 2009 - 1:50 am)

Is it like the new profecy in Warriors?

p.s. don't you think Watership down is a weird name for a rabbit tale?

submitted by Miss kimmy, age 1000, My bedroom
(July 3, 2010 - 6:04 pm)

Plotwise? Yes. It's exactly like New Prophecy. EHunter seemed to be blatantly copying WD. However, the writing is much better than that of Warriors, and the characters much more interesting.

You'll understand the name if you read it.

Aetc says trzn! Tarzan!

submitted by Ima
(August 6, 2010 - 10:01 pm)

This book is great! I love it! It was amazing! I don't know how many times I've read it!

submitted by Ima Bookworm
(April 16, 2009 - 9:35 pm)

I looooove this book! Who is your favourite character? Mine is Hyzenthlay.

submitted by Hannah, Canada
(May 14, 2009 - 12:48 pm)

Hyzenthlay's my favorite character too!

submitted by Ima Bookworm
(May 25, 2009 - 1:51 pm)

omg! i read this in 4th grade cause my sister's 8th grade class had to so i wanted to and it was good!

submitted by Ellie R., age 11, Wahington
(July 5, 2009 - 7:27 pm)

Oh no! I left my copy of it at my great-aunt's house in Misouri! I'm afraid she might have thought it was trash and thrown it out! (It's a very olde copy - it was my mother's in high school, then my brother's, then, finally, mine.

submitted by Ima, age 11, Texas
(July 22, 2009 - 3:37 pm)

Watership Down is fine but you may also like The Sight which is the same but with wolves.

submitted by Lauren B., age 11 yrs, Richmond, BC
(February 26, 2010 - 10:38 pm)

You're right, TNO (umlaut), the ending was perfect.  As was the rest of the book.  When I first heard about it, I was thinking, how could anyone write 50 chapters about bunnies?  But it was a brilliant book with really great themes.

submitted by Allison, age 14, FL
(July 30, 2010 - 11:48 am)

I know I seem to be in the minority here, but I found I didn't enjoy this book. I found the rabbits overly sexist, even for rabbits, and according to Wikipedia (I know, don't trust Wikipedia) it is usually does who start new warrens. I disliked how Hazel and his gang seemed to think that the does were objects to be used and taken, a means of survival. This was probably not the author's intent, though, so maybe I'm overly sensitive to such things. And personally, I found the book a bit dull; I couldn't identify with any of the characters. I will give it that it was an interesting idea, but poorly executed. Maybe that's just me, though. I won't try to convince anyone that the book is awful or anything; everybody has different tastes. This is simply my personal opinion, and I hope I don't offend anybody. 

submitted by Anonymous
(August 6, 2010 - 8:54 pm)