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f you ever feel like falling into a beautiful comic-book story--in the same way one falls back into a warm field of grass--reach for Michel Plessix's lush adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows. The artwork is an aquarelle, with thin, precise, detailed lines. It's no wonder he received numerous awards for his previous effort, Julien Boisvert, a contemporary take on the Tintin character type. In Wind in the Willows, Plessix breathes life into Mole, Rat, and Toad (of Toad Hall) as they picnic on the riverbank, indulge in Toad's latest fad, and get lost in Wild Wood. The pacing is masterful: each panel lingers just long enough to make you appreciate the simple pleasures of life.
It's a true classic! No matter how old you are It will take you back to a time in your childhood when everything was possible..If you believed the animals could talk and lived a life of adventure then you will enjoy this book...Well worth reading..
Finding the secret of the wind is hard enough without Mole wandering off into the Wild Wood and getting caught in a snowstorm or Toad stealing motorcars and landing in jail. Between practical Water Rat and wise old Badger, the four of them manage, after many great adventures and much laughter, to settle down to a quiet roar with an understanding of the wind's song and the Wild wood.
I had not read this classic as a child, so now I am trying to catch up. I really enjoyed reading about the relationships and adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Mr. Toad. Some of the stories reminded me of the Redwall series, although not quite as adventurous. There were a few altercations between "good" animals and "bad"; and, as in Redwall, the weasels are on the side of the "bad"; but, like the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, there were also humorous and homely situations, as well as stories of lasting friendships. I especially liked reading the descriptions of each animal's home and the trips along the river. Mr. Toad is not to be believed, with his shananigans and wild ideas! I truly recommend this book to adults and children, alike.
Follow the delightful tales of Badger, Rat, Toad, Mole, and their charming riverbank neighbors in this classic story of friendship and loyalty by Kenneth Grahame. Originally told as bedtime stories to his young son, Grahame composed a gorgeous world of willows, reeds, and bubbling brooks inhabited by charming characters in an English countryside. Today, it's easy to share these stories with your children, while enjoying the adventures of their favorite animal friends. Listen as four heroes find friendship and honor in The Wind in the Willows (inside cover)
As a child, I loved the stories about Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad. There weren't many adventure/fantasy books then (am I giving away my age?) and these books are so well written, you begin to believe the characters are 'people' you know. Highly recommend!!