Wow. I was blown away by this book. It is no accident that it's considered a Classic.
Adams uses lyrical, evocative language to tell of a small group of rabbits escaping the encroachment of civilization and trying to forge a place of their own in the English countryside. The world-building of the rabbits' lives is deeply realized and described with a great reverence for the natural world. This book is full of absolutely gripping adventure, suspense, and drama. Watership Down also features memorable, admirable characters who can teach us about leadership, trust, loyalty, and standing up for ourselves.
This book could make an excellent transition for fans of other animal adventures like the Warriors series. Recommended for ages 9-12 or read aloud with younger kids.
Reviewed by Paul D., Senior Information Assistant