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The Wind in the Willows: Panic at Toad Hall, Volume 4

The Wind in the Willows: Panic at Toad Hall, Volume 4

by Michel Plessix, Kenneth Grahame, Kenneth Grahame (Based on a book by)

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Children's Literature
In the age when comic books are coming back into vogue and super heroes seem to be the talk around the classroom, this classic story is brought back with a version to intrigue and enthrall young readers. Michael Plessix has turned Kenneth Grahame's novel into a comic book type adventure for young readers. The story line is the same as the book¾Toad has been away, and when he comes home he finds ferrets occupying his home. So, the adventure begins and Toad and his friends have a battle to retrieve the deed to his own home. After they get the deed, Toad's friends throw a party to welcome him home. This interpretation of the novel is delightful and adds flair to the classic story line. The illustrations are mood setting and action packed. 2001, Nantier Bell Minoustchine Publishing,
— Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7 Plessix rounds out his graphic-novel adaptation of the classic with the climactic capture and recovery of Toad Hall, plus the closing celebratory banquet. His interpretation is a free one; not only does he add incidents and rewritten dialogue to the text, but he draws from the film, too, especially in his depictions of Toad and friends. Readers unfamiliar with both the original and the movie will flounder, as Plessix plunges into the plot without an introduction, has characters refer obliquely to past events, and cuts abruptly from scene to scene during the battle. His tightly spaced panels are so crowded with detail that the stoats and weasels blend into the wreckage they create, and it's sometimes hard to tell friend from foe. Libraries owning the previous volumes will want this one to complete the set, but it neither stands alone nor adds up to more than a sketchy homage. -John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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N B M Publishing Company
Publication date:
Wind in the Willows Series
Edition description:
Graphic Novel Adaptation
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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