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message 1: by Peribo (new)

Peribo One of my favourite books - but you may be right, there may be an age past which this book would no longer have any appeal.


message 2: by Kris (new)

Kris I didn't read it when I was little, but I still liked it. I think the key may be to read it right before bed.


message 3: by Erik (last edited Nov 30, 2009 11:29PM) (new)

Erik You're absolutely right...about needing it read to you as a child. That seemed to me what this book was intended for. It is a very good 'chilrens' story, but the writing style and vocabulary are more advanced.



message 4: by Piotr (new)

Piotr Azub I love that book, although English is not my mother tongue and I read it (for the first time) in my twenties. The language is, indeed, very lavish, I had to check up at least a few words on every page, nonetheless I was engrossed in that book.


message 5: by Logan (new)

Logan My advice is to skim the first bit until Mole and Ratty meet. And then, after that, skim past long descriptions. I didn't read this book until I was in my 20's and I loved it, but I tried reading it to my 6-year-old son and the descriptive detail is just too tedious for him. And this is a boy who loved E. Nesbit's books and other older children's books.


message 6: by Dirk (new)

Dirk Grobbelaar I've read this book a few times now, I still enjoy it. However, different strokes for different folks. Example: I hated Alice in Wonderland.


message 7: by kiki (new)

kiki i'm with you....it's soooooooo boring! and i don't like the characters! glad to see i'm not the only one who doesn't like it! :)


message 8: by Emma (new)

Emma Crook I tried reading it when I was a round ten and hated it. Once in my twenties though, I love it. I find myself wishing for just a wonderfully simple life that they lead. Also, as a child, I disliked how there were no main female characters, now that is one of the reasons I love it - no romance, very little drama, just boys messing about in boats.. ah bliss!


message 9: by Krisitn (new)

Krisitn I'm 20 and I still read it over and over again. I would recommend reading it outside.


message 10: by Linda (new)

Linda Rowland I just added this but fear it will be like Watership Down. I truly wanted to like it but abandoned it early.


message 11: by Tshana (new)

Tshana I am sorry that you find it unappealing. Each time I have feasted on it, I have enjoyed it thoroughly. I am 26 and I'm going to re-read it as soon as I complete The Hound of the Baskervilles.


message 12: by Judith (new)

Judith Rhodes Perhaps you should read it aloud to a child. I read this every 3 years or so...it still makes me laugh aloud. Good luck!


message 13: by Gina (new)

Gina I picked it up for the first time this past summer, and I got bored, too, although I suffered through all but the last 20 pages or so. I WANT to like it, but daaang, I just can't.


message 14: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Givens Well, maybe you're too young for it.


message 15: by Jenn (new)

Jenn I'm with you. I'm reading it to my daughter as bedtime reading (she's 10) and she's not impressed with it either. I'm bored out of my skull.


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