The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Read by: Anna/Central Teen Room
In 1908 Kenneth Grahame published a book based on letters he’d written to his son. These letters contained the exploits of several animals that lived in the Wild Wood and along the nearby river bank. They were Mole, the River Rat, Badger, Mr. Toad and others. These animals have adventures in caravans, crash sports cars, get lost in the woods, and above all, make friends with those they live near.
No one is ever too old to enjoy a children’s book. That’s what I always say. And it seems to be true with this book. Over one hundred years after this book was first published, adults and children alike, flock to it’s pages. However, while I found it to be extremely well written, I also found it to be exceedingly boring. I had been sure I’d read this as a kid, and rereading it I was reminded that yes, I did read it, and I was also reminded why I didn’t like it back then either. Not much happens. In the early chapters the most exciting thing to occur is a car running the horse drawn caravan off the road and Toad’s subsequent need to own a car rather than a caravan. As much as I wanted to like this classic, it just wouldn’t hold my attention.
If you’re looking for a good story about human-like animals, I highly recommend reading the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, starting with the first two books: Redwall and Mossflower. Here, the woodland creatures go on high adventures searching for friends, battling evil rats, and saving those they hold dear. This is a series I’ve enjoyed since I was in middle school, and I’m still enjoying them to this day.