Wishin' and Hopin' A Christmas Story Author:Wally Lamb 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 iconic Annette!) is doing his best to na... more »vigate fifth grade-easier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon boy.
Back in his beloved fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, with a new cast of endearing characters, Wally Lamb takes his readers straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School--where Mother Filomina's word is law and goody-two-shoes Rosalie Twerski is sure to be minding everyone's business. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette, straight from Quebec, and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin' and Hopin' barrels toward one outrageous Christmas.
From the Funicello family's bus-station lunch counter to the elementary school playground (with an uproarious stop at the Pillsbury Bake-Off), Wishin' and Hopin' is a vivid slice of 1960s life, a wise and witty holiday tale that celebrates where we've been--and how far we've come.« less
I am sorry that I cannot post this book as I read a library copy of it. I had never read anything from this author but had heard good things about him and love to read Christmas stories. This one had me laughing from the start to the finish. The charactors reminded me of the times when I grew up which was fun, but the author has a way of bringing everything together in a fun and inspiring way. You will not find this a traditional Christmas book type read, so do not feel cheated in the beginning, just keep reading. Take a chance on this one and ENJOY!
I absolutely loved this book!! The characters popped off the page and made me laugh throughout the book. Wally Lamb has a unique gift for storytelling that makes his characters so rich and life like. I'm looking forwad to reading it again with my bookclub!
Wally Lamb's writing captures the reader's attention through his humorous style of writing. The book had me laughing out loud many times. Madame Marguerite & the Russian classmate's dialogue is quite funny, as well as their characters. Perhaps one of the funniest parts of the book is the performance of the 'tableaux vivants, or the living pictures; the Christmas program. The performance is one filled with theatrics of a special kind.... A great and fun read..
Anyone who experienced parochial school in the 60s, 70s (myself included) will laugh out loud at many events in this book. This was an enjoyable, fun read. I finished it in one day - highly recommend it!
A cute and fun story about Felix Funicello, a 5th grader at a Catholic grade school and his friends and family one fateful holiday season. The characters are larger than life and fairly leap off the page, from the overly strict nun, russian immigrant, and the french-speaking teacher. Great laugh out loud fun!