Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows is one of my childhood favorites and I have been so excited at the thought of getting to share the story with my daughter when she is old enough. With the release of The Adventures of Mr. Toad, as retold by Tom Moorhouse, I will be able to share it that much sooner. Moorhouse’s take on the classic tale is built for a younger, modern-day audience, complete with beautiful and vibrant illustrations, and a fun and footloose font style for the text. The storyline is told from Toad’s charming yet boastful point of view. Mole, Ratty and Badger are all there to join Toad on his escapades as he drives stolen cars, lands in prison and escapes in costume, and returns home to fights off the stoats and weasels in order to reclaim his beloved Toad Hall. The journey of Toad and company is fast paced and full of high octane shenanigans and heart pounding adventure. David Roberts’ bright and effervescent illustrations in this retelling pair perfectly with the zany tale itself; Roberts draws the characters with an element of silliness, which is perfect to give young readers a real laugh just from looking at the pictures. Children of all ages (yes even 30, 40, 50+) will love being taken along as Toad’s sidekick on this madcap, sing-along voyage of friendship and bravery, again and again!
Dolly is diggin’ Mr. Toad’s bright illustrations!
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from The Guardian (UK) Book Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Title: The Adventures of Mr Toad
Author: Tom Moorhouse
Genre: Children’s stories
Release Date: 2014-10-21