The Wind in the Willows
By: Kenneth Grahame
I love it when a book surprises me. I love it when a book proves me wrong. The Wind in the Willows did just that. This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a couple of years now. While I was curious enough to buy it, I was never really in that big of a rush to read the book. For some reason, I just didn't think it was going to be that great of a read. Truthfully, I wondered if I would even finish it. I was wrong.
This is the charming story of a handful of animals who live in the woods and along the riverbank. Mole has decided he wants to spend the day outside. He meets Rat and from there the adventures begin. Rat introduces Mole, and the reader, to a host of wonderful characters. You get to meet the eccentric Toad. He's a wealthy animal who likes to follow whatever whim he's interested in. He takes up a love of driving cars and proceeds to get into numerous accidents. His friends have an intervention, even go so far has to lock him in a room for his (and everyone on the road) safety. However, he escapes and finds more trouble than he thought he could.
While there are a handful of other characters to meet and enjoy the book centers pretty much around Mole, Rat, and Toad. Toad is the character that stood out the most for me. I loved reading about his adventures. His daring escape from the dungeon and all that happened on his way back home. He was a character who didn't disappoint. I think my favorite part of the story was when all the animals joined together to take back Toad's beloved house from the Wild Wooders who moved in while Toad was in the dungeon.
This is a book I can see myself reading again sometime. It was a fun, charming romp through the English countryside with some great animals.