Friday, November 6, 2015

120:120 Return to the Willows by Jacqueline Kelley

A sequel to Wind in the Willows written many years after the fact and by a different author.

Toad has a new obsession, hot air balloons, which leads our friends off to new adventures and even more when his nephew, Humphrey, comes to visit with his scientific ways and keen interest in fireworks and other explosives.  The weasels and stoats are lurking in the shadows as well so one must be always on their guard but even worse than that, according to Mole, is the female water rat that has caught Rat's eye.

The story was nice but missing the beautiful and descriptively flowing language that characterized the original and the extra side notes to explain things were more annoying than helpful but overall, if you miss Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger and want to know what happened to them this does the job fairly well.  The 9yr old enjoyed the story and by half way through wanted more chapters every day.

And with that, I have concluded the books read part of my yearly challenge.  Still have a couple of new authors I need to get in and quite a ways to go if I'm to make my page count but there's still almost two months left so just maybe I can pull it off.  :)

Page count: 288p/30,848p ytd/245,764p lifetime

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