Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Book # 31: The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame

The classic children's tale that for some reason I neglected to read. As a kid, I tended to not be a fan of animal's talking and stuck to stories involving people. So it took some work convincing myself to give this book a chance. It was a slow start for me, but by the end I felt connected to Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger though not as much as in other stories I have read. Would I encourage my kids to read it? Maybe. I think it would work better as a read aloud, especially as some of the language is older both in vocabulary and strength. It also tended to have that overly descriptive quality such as Jane Austen or Charles Dickens employ, so the action and plot do not move along quickly.

Next book:
How to Argue with Idiots
Glenn Beck