Return to the Willows by Jacqueline Kelly, Illustrated by Clint Young
A bored toad is a dangerous toad and Jacqueline Kelly has captured all of Toad’s traits in this tribute to Kenneth Grahame’s classic Wind in the Willows.
Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter and the stoats and weasels are all in the book as is Toad’s nephew Humphrey who comes to stay at Toad Hall.
Toad is obsessed with a hot air balloon and even manages to get the conservative Mole in the basket with him. Catastrophe occurs and the balloon goes missing. Are the weasels and stoats up to their old tricks?
When Toad becomes a temporary genius after tampering with Humphrey’s gunpowder set the real humour begins. Toad sets about solving the age old riddle of “how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” Brilliant. His Cambridge colleagues think he is wonderful, but for how long?
The coup de grace is the battle of the Trojan birthday cake. You will kick yourself if don’t read this.
The tranquility of the riverbank, the dangers of the Wild Wood, the madcap antics of Toad and the loyalty of his closest friends Ratty and Mole all return in this tribute sequel.
Clint Young’s illustrations are perfect. This is for everybody.