Maybe because it was the (seriously) abridged version... the nuances of English society mannerisms were interesting, but kind of lost in this adaptatiMaybe because it was the (seriously) abridged version... the nuances of English society mannerisms were interesting, but kind of lost in this adaptation. I was reading this with my son and whenever we read together, we enjoy big picture adventures as well as life lessons in the stories. We liked Mole and Ratty and their adventures, but Toad? He was just an emotional, drama-queen who got away with so many shenanigans, serious ones, too. And his escapades take up more than half of the book. His final repentance and transformation were too hard to believe. Also, there was a lot more ganging up and beating up on each other using clubs and pistols and fists than I had anticipated - with some illustrations to these scenes! We've read quite a few of the Great Illustrated Classics, even ones with violence and death (e.g. Swiss Family Robinson), but those scenes were presented in a realistic setting that could be explained and understood.
For Wind in the Willows, it was harder to explain why weasels and stroats were portrayed as semi-gangster hooligans set on mayhem and bloodshed. So this particular Illustrated Classics - I would not recommend as a kids read. I think if you're going to read this story with your child, or if you want a tale about pastoral England, better to go with the original. ...more
What a sodding, motherhumping (thanks to Ben for the cool curse words) read. I loved that all our favourite characters are back, including recent tangWhat a sodding, motherhumping (thanks to Ben for the cool curse words) read. I loved that all our favourite characters are back, including recent tangential additions (non-werewolves) to the Tri-Cities who've been adopted or accepted by the Columbia Basin pack. Love that we go across the ocean to Europe and delve into a little Italian and Czech history and myth (golems!) and meet non-American weres and vampires. This would include a bit of Marsilia and Stephan's backstories. And love that the book has a super-subtle character twist that I did not catch at all throughout the whole story.
I like that in a super-popular genre of books, Patricia Briggs stays true to what made Mercedes and Adam and clan so good 11 years ago: really great voices and character. Mercedes, after all this time, has become one of my favourite lit heroines.
I read somewhere a while back that this might be the last of Mercedes Thompson's series? Say it ain't so! I will never grow tired of reading about this independent, stress-baking, Dr. Who-loving, loyal-to-the-bone VW mechanic and all her lovely pack (esp. Ben and Honey)....more
Upon first reading years ago, I remember I found this a fascinating read, intended for young adults but enjoyable for adults, about Medusa, the SpartaUpon first reading years ago, I remember I found this a fascinating read, intended for young adults but enjoyable for adults, about Medusa, the Spartans, the battle of Troy. The heroine of the book is smart, intelligent and takes fierce control of her own fate. Love Cooney's handling of the themes of destiny, the power of choice and the reworking of Greek myth. ...more