Wishin' and Hopin'

Wishin' and Hopin'

A Christmas Story

Book - 2009
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"Set in the fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, the story of fifth grader Felix Funicello in the months leading up to Christmas 1964"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061941009
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lamb Wally
Characteristics: 275 p. :,ill. ;,19 cm.
Alternative Title: Wishing and hoping


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Funny and heartwarming tale of Christmas in the 60s, from the perspective of a 10 year old (think: Jean Shepard's A Christmas Story)

It's 1964 and ten-year-old Felix is sure of a few things: the birds and the bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he'll never forget. LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone's turntable, and Felix Funicello (distant cousin of the ico... Read More »

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Nov 21, 2013

Wally remains excellent in his ways with words- specifically as they relate to the hearts and minds of his main characters. Truly a gift.

jdaigle3 Dec 31, 2012

While this was a good, quick read for the holiday season it certainly isn't as fantastic as Lamb's usual books, nor was it as much of "A Christmas Story" as I had hoped.

npcr Oct 05, 2010

Great feel-good read. Made me laugh out loud and had me saying "Nyet" for days...

Jan 09, 2010

I could not put this book down. It had me laughing-out-loud in the middle of the night. I highly recommend it.

DanniOcean Dec 21, 2009

Mr. Lamb writes "kid" as well as Judy Blume but is much funnier (including Felix's many naïve misunderstandings of innuendo) and Zhenya's Russian accent is fantastic.

Dec 03, 2009

Wally Lamb is a great author. He makes the characters come alive.
Wishin' and Hopin' is hilarous. This is a great book to read over the holidays and feel great after you have read it. I highly recommend it. It is short and sweet.


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DanniOcean Dec 21, 2009

For Felix Funicello fifth grade is a minefield: Sister Agrippina's pinches, his nickname Dondi, getting into trouble with Lonny, and his arch-nemesis Rosalie are all things to be avoided on a daily basis. When his regular teacher has a nervous breakdown (which Felix may have inadvertently caused), she is replaced by the tres exotique Madame Frechette, all the way from… Quebec. Adding more spice to the staid New England classroom is the arrival of Zhenya, a Russian girl of thirteen who may or may not be a (gasp) Communist (this is 1964, remember), but who definitely has a salty vocabulary. As Madame Frechette and Zhenya square off against Rosalie and the very traditional Catholic school system, Felix observes all and wades through the sea of a 10-year-old's dreams and fears.


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