As I sit here writing away, keeping warm with a cup of tea I can think of no place I’d rather be than curled up in the warm reading a book as the real autumnal weather kicks in. And what better book to read than one that takes you right back to childhood?
‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame is a children’s classic and a copy belongs on every bookshelf of every child. In this new edition, published by Oxford University Press, illustrator David Roberts brings the story to life with vivid colour illustrations in and around every page. I love the way the characters leap out from the page as you read through the book.
As the Christmas season dawns upon us (there’s no denying it the advent calendars are out the chocolate reindeers are ready to be eaten) it occurs to me that this will make a truly lovely gift and one to be treasured for years to come. The illustrations complement the classic nature of the tale as Mole embarks upon adventures with Ratty, Mr Toad and Mr Badger yet they also bring the story in to the twenty first century- inviting more children to step in to this magical world. As the blurb rightly says “The best classics deserve to be made contemporary”. I don’t always mention this but I was so pleasantly surprised to see that the price is only £12.99 I thought it deserved a mention. That really is great value for money for a full length hardback gift book. Just breautiful.
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS By Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by David Roberts
Oxford University Press, September 2012