The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

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Spend a season on the river bank and take a walk on the wild side . . .

Spring is in the air and Mole has found a wonderful new world. There's boating with Ratty, a feast with Badger and high jinx on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall. The four become the firmest of friends, but after Toad's latest escapade, can they join together and beat the wretched weasels?

PLUS A behind-the-scenes journey, including author profile, a guide to who's who, activities and more.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 178 x 18mm | 182g
  • Puffin Classics
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b & w line chapter heads
  • 014132113X
  • 9780141321134
  • 71,018

Review Text

"It is what I call a Household Book . . . a book which everybody in the household loves, and quotes continually ever afterwards; a book which is read aloud to every new guest."
-A. A. Milne
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"It is what I call a Household Book . . . a book which everybody in the household loves, and quotes continually ever afterwards; a book which is read aloud to every new guest."
-A. A. Milne
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About Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was born in Edinburgh, but grew up with relatives in Berkshire where he developed his love for the countryside surrounding the upper parts of the River Thames. He was educated at St Edward's in Oxford, but instead of going on to Oxford University he joined the Bank of England, where he rose to become Secretary. He wrote several books including The Golden Age and Dream Days which includes the short story 'The Reluctant Dragon' (later made into a Disney movie). Kenneth Grahame developed the character of Toad in The Wind in the Willows to amuse his young son, Alistair. It was published in 1908 and still remains a best-loved children's classic. Date: 2002-09-03
Brian Jacques (pronounced 'jakes') was born in Liverpool in 1939, and grew up in Kirkdale, close to the docks. He left school at the age of fifteen and worked as a railway fireman, bus driver, postmaster and stand-up entertainer, before beginning his writing career with a residency at the renowned Everyman Theatre.

His first book for children, Redwall, was published in 1986. Twenty-one further books in the series were published to global acclaim, with millions of copies sold worldwide. In 2021 Netflix announced plans to release an animated film of Redwall that will introduce the series to a new generation of fans.

Brian died in Liverpool on 5 February 2011.

Brian Jacques (pronounced 'jakes') was born in Liverpool in 1939, and grew up in Kirkdale, close to the docks. He left school at the age of fifteen and worked as a railway fireman, bus driver, postmaster and stand-up entertainer, before beginning his writing career with a residency at the renowned Everyman Theatre.

His first book for children, Redwall, was published in 1986. Twenty-one further books in the series were published to global acclaim, with millions of copies sold worldwide. In 2021 Netflix announced plans to release an animated film of Redwall that will introduce the series to a new generation of fans.

Brian died in Liverpool on 5 February 2011.
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Rating details

197,514 ratings
3.99 out of 5 stars
5 37% (74,053)
4 34% (66,518)
3 21% (42,271)
2 5% (10,326)
1 2% (4,346)

Our customer reviews

'The Wind in the Willows'... ah! A perfectly lovely read that families should be enjoying by their fireside. The animals in the story will become your closest friends. What a joy to watch their antics unfold! Especially Toad... poor, misguided Toad. The one thing I could have done without? There was a certain word that the author used on several occasions throughout the story. I was quite shocked to find it in a children's book, but, oh well. To Ratty and Moley: I do hope you'll both visit me again sometime. If only I could visit the River Thames...show more
by Tarissa
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