The Wind in the Willows: Campfire Graphic Novel

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No sight makes a man tremble more than seeing Mr. Toad behind the wheel of a car...

On a fine summer day, Mole is busy spring cleaning his underground home. When he decides he's had enough of cleaning, Mole ventures towards a place he has never seen before - the river. There he meets Ratty, who takes Mole for a ride in his rowing boat. The two of them become close friends, and spend their time enjoying lazy days by the river. But then they make...

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Overview

No sight makes a man tremble more than seeing Mr. Toad behind the wheel of a car...

On a fine summer day, Mole is busy spring cleaning his underground home. When he decides he's had enough of cleaning, Mole ventures towards a place he has never seen before - the river. There he meets Ratty, who takes Mole for a ride in his rowing boat. The two of them become close friends, and spend their time enjoying lazy days by the river. But then they make the mistake of visiting Mr. Toad.

Toad is rich, exuberant, but also reckless. When he purchases his very first automobile, Toad, Ratty and Mole are plunged into a dangerous adventure involving theft, a prison break, and the famous siege of Toad Hall.
Since its first publication in 1908, Kenneth Grahame's story has amused millions of readers, both children and adults. Now with cutting edge visuals and a faithful conversion to a new format, Campfire brings you the definitive version of an all-time classic.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I highly recommend Campfire’s comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in  a way that excites kids about classic literature."

— Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom (a resource for teachers and librarians)

School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Stout-hearted Dorothy, dashing but naive D'Artagnan, and feckless Toad are introduced to young graphic-novel enthusiasts. Each book is a serviceable representation of the original work, hitting all relevant plot points in a somewhat rigidly paced 70 to 100 pages. Occasional anachronisms are jarring (D'Artagnan asks, "Are you okay?"). Unfortunately, the pages in Oz suffer from serious overcrowding: detail-heavy panels are arranged in an overlapping layout with no gutters between panels, making the book visually dense. Colors glare and characters appear stiff. Eric Shanower's graphic-novel edition of the same book (Marvel Classics) is easier on the eyes. Musketeers is drawn in a sharper-edged but still goofy style that emphasizes the humor in every scene. Willows is illustrated in an exaggerated cartoon style, with pop-eyed, loose-limbed characters that are a sharp contrast to depictions in other recent illustrated editions by artists such as Robert Ingpen, Luanne Rice, and Inga Moore. No library should be without these classics, but these adaptations may not be the best ones to choose.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Stout-hearted Dorothy, dashing but naive D'Artagnan, and feckless Toad are introduced to young graphic-novel enthusiasts. Each book is a serviceable representation of the original work, hitting all relevant plot points in a somewhat rigidly paced 70 to 100 pages. Occasional anachronisms are jarring (D'Artagnan asks, "Are you okay?"). Unfortunately, the pages in Oz suffer from serious overcrowding: detail-heavy panels are arranged in an overlapping layout with no gutters between panels, making the book visually dense. Colors glare and characters appear stiff. Eric Shanower's graphic-novel edition of the same book (Marvel Classics) is easier on the eyes. Musketeers is drawn in a sharper-edged but still goofy style that emphasizes the humor in every scene. Willows is illustrated in an exaggerated cartoon style, with pop-eyed, loose-limbed characters that are a sharp contrast to depictions in other recent illustrated editions by artists such as Robert Ingpen, Luanne Rice, and Inga Moore. No library should be without these classics, but these adaptations may not be the best ones to choose.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789380028545
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Series: Campfire Graphic Novels Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,010,416
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Grahame was born in 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. After the death of his parents, Grahame was sent to live with his grandmother in Berkshire, England. It was her house and garden on the bank of the river Thames that would inspire his most well known work, The Wind in the Willows. As money was lacking in his family, his family encouraged him to pursue a career with the bank of England. During his banking career, he began to develop his love of literature and contributed articles to publications such as the St. James Gazette. He also published collections of his sketches, stories and essays.
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