The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

By Kenneth Grahame; Robin Lawrie (Illustrator); Brian Jacques (Introduction by)

Puffin Books, Paperback, 9780141321134, 245pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2008

Description
The much-loved classic tales of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. When Mole goes boating with Ratty instead of doing his spring-cleaning, he discovers a whole new world. As well as adventures on the river and in the Wild Wood, there are high jinks on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall. Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad become the firmest of friends, but after Toad's latest escapade, can they join together and beat the wretched weasels once and for all? The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame is one of the twenty wonderful classic stories being relaunched in Puffin Classics in March 2015.


About the Author
Kenneth Grahame was a Scottish writer best-known for his celebrated children s novel, The Wind in the Willows. Prevented from attending university because of financial constraints, Grahame instead took a job with the Bank of England, which provided the financial security required to indulge his passion for writing. Many of Grahame s short stories were printed in the periodicals of the time, and were also later collected in Pagan Papers, The Golden Age, and Dream Days. Grahame s most famous work, the novel The Wind in the Willows, was originally conceived as a bedtime story for his son, and continues to be a beloved classic for children of all ages. Grahame died in 1932 at the age of 73.

Robin and Chris Lawrie wrote the Ridge Riders books together, and Robin illustrated them. Their inspiration for these books is their son. They wanted to write books that he would find interesting. Many of the Ridge Riders books are based on adventures he and his friends had while biking. Robin and Chris live in England, and will soon be moving to a big, old house that is also home to sixty bats.

Brian Jacques has had many professions, including longshoreman, truck driver and folk singer. In addition to a vast international readership, he has acquired a devoted army of listeners with his weekly radio program on BBC Merseyside. For this recording Brian himself leads a full cast of actors he personally selected for their ability to bring his characters to vivid life.
Fans of Brian Jacques will enjoy "Redwall," the first installment in this saga, which is also available from Listening Library. This recording, performed by the author and a full cast, was a 1998 Audie Award winner.