Come Back to the Riverbank and Wild Wood in “Return to the Willows”

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When Toad gets tired (yet again) of messing about in boats, our adventure starts. Mole suddenly joins Toad and asks for a ride in his balloon. Then they get stuck in the meadow.

When Toad gets tired (yet again) of messing about in boats, our adventure starts. Mole suddenly joins Toad and asks for a ride in his balloon. Then they get stuck in the meadow. Toad's nephew Humphrey shows up and every body's rialed up. Humphrey is in to science and is working on fireworks! Toad suddenly gets a hold of the fire works and bonks his head, maybe a little to hard!  Then Toad heads off to Cambridge as a professor, and leaves Mole, Rat, and Badger to take care of Humphrey. Sammy, a small bedraggled weasel shows up looking for apples. Sammy and Humphrey become friends, but Sammy is in on scheme. Sammy asks Humphrey to travel into the Wild Wood with him. The weasels and stoats slave Humphrey, and won't let him free. The  weasels and stoats are planning a big project for the Chief Weasels birthday. All of the animals in Toad Hall are suddenly on the lookout for Humphrey. 

 

I enjoyed this book and so many things are happening at once, so that makes it all the more fun! I recommend this book for ages 8 and up, because it can get very intense and harsh. As I mentioned in the teaser, the book is footnoted. Jacqueline Kelly is from New  Zeland and has some English phrases up her sleeve. She mentions lots of words that might not be familiar to Americans. I would also recommend to read Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows first, because it refers to "our heroes" lots. If you liked Wind in the Willows then this might be cool to read next.