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The Willows at Christmas (Tales of the Willows #4)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  97 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The twelve days of Christmas are fast approaching and Mole is planning to enjoy every one of them with his River Bank friends. So when the normally cheerful Toad despairs at the arrival of Mrs. Ffleshe, an impossibly rude houseguest who every year sets out to protect Toad from overindulgence, Mole must do something about it. But the plan he hatches with Ratty, Badger, and ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 6th 2002 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 18th 1999)
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With his book "The wind in the willows" Graham greated a book in which the animals are not really animals at all. They are physically of course, but they are dressed as humans, living like humans ( despite the Badger lives in the Wild Wood, Ratty on the River Bank and Mole at Mole End and Toad at Toad Hall - which is a very huge and expensive estate) and living with humans and speaking the same language as this would be normal. Well this sounds weird at first and if anybody would have told me ab ...more
Edoardo Albert
What to say about this fairly recent trend of writing sequels to classic novels of the early 20th century? Actually, I quite enjoy it. Even if William Horwood is not the writer that Kenneth Grahame was (and, by definition, he couldn't be, and nor is he Grahame's equal in ability, although that is no disgrace) yet it was a joy to spend more time with Mole, Rat, Badger and Mr Toad. Horwood does a good job of mimicking their speech patterns and the general writing matches well to Grahame's original ...more
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Back in the 90s William Horwood wrote three pastiche books that featured the best loved characters from Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. I really enjoyed them. Each book saw these characters mature until by the third book I suspected that Horwood would reboot the series by introducing a next generation of River Bank characters. This didn't happen. Three years passed before he was to revisit Mr. Toad, Mr. Mole and company. When first published after such a lengthy h
Ok time to leave the willows once more and this time on a little of a disappointed note. Ok i still cling to the excuse that I got these to read to my son years ago (he is now 12 and forever trying to send them to the charity shops) but the previous books were even though written in the style of the first most clearly were new additions - new chapters to the adventures where this one reads (and is indeed set) just after the events in Wind in the Willows. And that i am not sure does not feel as c ...more
It was a very enjoyable, really fast-paced and very charming Christmas children's book. It had really well-written illustrations, great characters, great adventure, good humor and a really charming story. I haven't read this book in a very long time. This is just as good as the original. Fans of the original should enjoy reading this book.
I read this book aloud to my children over the Christmas period and they loved it.

Mole was their favourite character due to his kindness, loyal friendship and his ability to keep Toad's spirits up while in gaol. Drystan particularly liked how it all worked out in the end and the appearance of Groat.

My children's ages are 6, 8 and 10 and I enjoyed reading it out loud.
A very fine book and a creditable sequel to "The Wind in the Willows". It was a perfect Christmas book to read to a nine-year old. Any author would be challenged by trying to follow up on such a classic but this works beautifully.
Renee Bush
If you just can never get enough of the original Wind in the Willows, Horwood does a more-than-passable job of fleshing out the story. He is at his best, however, in the characters of Toad and Mole. Love these books!
J. Aleksandr Wootton
Absolutely excellent, inspired of the same genius that allowed Horwood to continue The Wind in the Willows's story in the first place. Without intending to, I read it straight through in just a couple of hours.
This is such a grand story with so many of my favorite characters. It's good enough to escape into the River Bank even outside of the holiday season.
Mole wants to save Christmas for his village by giving a party. Just my kind of book, and nicely written.
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Zeta T.
Out of all William Horwoods sequels to Wind In The Willows, this lesser known one is the best.
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