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Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story (2010)

by Wally Lamb

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I finally finished this one last night. I was not too impressed. It was slightly humorous throughout the entire book. I smiled a couple of times until I got to the end when he was wrapping up the story and the characters when, it seemed to me, that Lamb was taking the opportunity to solicit for a well known charity.

The whole story is centered around a parochial elementary school in 1964/65 school year. I believe that our main character is in the 5th grade. So, there is a lot of elementary school humor and humor at the expense of a couple of the nuns.

If Lamb was just wanting to do a lite hearted Christmas book, it did not work for me and I think that he missed the mark. I would not recommend this one. Save your money or make a donation to 'your' favorite charity. ( )
  PamV | Mar 27, 2018 |
Wally Lamb's publisher asked if he could write a children's book and this is what he produced.

It's the story of a fifth grader named Felix Funicello in the 1960's; his anticipation of Christmas and the production of a Christmas pageant.

It has its funny moments. And it has its original moments – Felix's cousin is Annette Funicello, America's Sweetheart, and Felix's mother is in a cringe-worthy national cook-off.

The writing is good; I've read several others by Mr. Lamb that I've enjoyed. This one however, lacks a spark, a vision. He's proven that given a request he can write a commercially successful book about the subject.

I have a shelf of Christmas books I reread almost every year. While this was an OK read, it won't be added to it. ( )
  streamsong | Jan 10, 2018 |
A charming and funny nostalgic holiday story wonderfully read on audio by the author. ( )
  katiekrug | Dec 21, 2017 |
I really enjoyed the time period and the setting. Having gone to a parochial school during the 60s, there was a lot I could relate to. (Although some of these kids were a bit more bold than any of us would ever have dared!) It was a fun blast from the past and I enjoyed reading the pop cultural references, some of which I had nearly forgotten. IMO the book is worth the read for the hilarious laugh-out-loud funny pageant at the end. A fun book that has earned a permanent place on my Christmas bookshelf.

Update: re-read in December, 2010 for book club and it was just as funnay and enjoyable as the first time. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
What a delightful book this is! Baby Boomers should enjoy the many memories of their childhood years in these pages. A charming tale told by a charming kid. Humor throughout. I recommend this if you need a lighthearted break from heavier reading. The author did a great job with the varied characters. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
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For Chris, a happier 1964. And for my sisters (DNA-wise and otherwise) -- Vita, Gail, Ethel.
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The year I was a fifth-grade student at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School, our teacher, Sister Dymphna, had a nervous breakdown in front of our class.
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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.

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