Parents' Guide to

Watership Down

By Mark Nichol, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Thinking person's bunny story will appeal to kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+
Amazing book for teens but has rabbits being suffocated and having their ears ripped off but amazing book

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 14+

Don't Let the Bunnies Fool You

A younger child of, say, ten or eleven will not get a lot out of this book. While on the surface, Adams has wrote a book about adventures little bunny rabbits, there is so much more to be explored with an older eye. This is one of those novels where you have to stop and think, and more often than not, apply the situations Hazel and his band of bucks find themselves in to that of humans and what our reactions would be (in most cases, I doubt we would act any differently, honestly). The rabbits are more or less just a way to embellish the story to make it more interesting, and the rabbits' views offer an interesting point on humanity. The themes of this story are the search for home and what it takes to be a leader. Really, I'm surprised this book isn't more well known now-a-days.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (35):

WATERSHIP DOWN was written for adults, but adolescents often find it more irresistible than their elders do. Although the rabbit characters have a language and a culture, and they converse and interact just as humans do, these are not cap-and-waistcoat picture-book bunnies, but fully realized characters whose conflicts and triumphs keep readers engrossed.

This is primarily an adventure novel, but one for thinking people. Readers are expected to engage their brains, even for the suspenseful action sequences. Social allegory pops up regularly, from the restlessness of the warren's disenfranchised younger bucks to the fatalism and repression in two other rabbit communities, whose members have given up freedom for an illusion of security. Author Richard Adams also conveys a palpable love of nature. He knows the story's countryside setting intimately, and much of his narrative contains descriptions of the landscape and references to specific plant species.

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