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Join shy Mole, friendly Ratty and bad-tempered Badger on their mission to save reckless, lovable Toad from himself

"Ho! ho! I am the Toad, the motor-car snatcher, the prison-breaker, the Toad who always escapes!"

Tired of spring cleaning, Mole ventures above ground into the warm sunshine, and happens upon his friend Ratty. Together they picnic on the sparkling, burbling river, brave the sinister Wild Wood in wintertime to visit the bad-tempered Badger, and take to the open road in a caravan with dear, silly old Toad. But when Toad's attention turns to motor cars, his reckless behaviour goes from bad to worse. Badger, Rat and Mole must save their friend from ruin, and Toad Hall from the clutches of the rascally Stoats and Weasels.

BACKSTORY: Get outdoors and explore the natural world, and test your knowledge of The Wind in the Willows.

Reviews

It is a book that breaks nearly every rule of modern children's fiction...it wasn't about fairies at the bottom of the garden, but it was about magic - just the right kind of magic. It thrills me still to read it

Shirley Hughes, The Times

"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.'' But reading about Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger runs it a close second.

Michael Morpurgo

People think of it as a children's book, but that's not all it is. What seared my imagination was its surrealism. The rat, the mole and badger could talk, but they could also change size: a badger could crawl down a rat hole, a toad could drive a car. At nine or 10 that fascinated me and that made a deep impression on my career

Terry Pratchett, Independent on Sunday

A book about the love of friends and the joys of existence

Sunday Times

I loved Toad of Toad Hall and his merry antics, especially with his motor car - poop poop!

Kenneth Branagh, Daily Express

One of our greatest classics and as true and entertaining now as it has ever been

Julian Fellowes

For generations of English children, the gentle adventures of Mole, Rat, Badger, Toad and the other characters from The Wind In The Willows have been part of the magic of growing up

Daily Mail

It is about magic - just the right kind of magic. It thrills me still to read it.

Shirley Hughes

So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!

National Association for the Teaching of English

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  • Paperback

    9780099572947

    August 1, 2012

    Vintage Children's Classics

    288 pages

    RRP $12.99

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  • Hardback

    9780141385679

    April 3, 2017

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    256 pages

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  • Paperback

    9789380028545

    December 1, 2012

    Steerforth Press

    80 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141808345

    May 12, 2008

    Puffin

    3 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780143039099

    June 19, 2007

    Penguin Classics

    240 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Paperback

    9780812973655

    December 1, 2005

    Random House USA

    RRP $19.99

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  • The Wind In The Willows
    Kenneth Grahame

    Hardback

    9781857159233

    December 4, 1993

    Childrens Classics

    256 pages

    RRP $27.99

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