Summary: The tales of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. When Mole goes boating with the Water Rat instead of spring-cleaning, he discovers a new world. As well as the river and the Wild Wood, there is Toad's craze for fast travel which leads him and his friends on a whirl of trains, barges, gipsy caravans and motor cars and even into battle.
Review: This book was really not what I expected. I might be able to see how it can be called a "Children's Classic" because it's a good story to help children learn the value of friendship and how to mature, but there were a lot of things going on that I didn't really think were appropriate for children. Maybe it's different for European kids, but I can't imagine too many parents being okay with their children reading this book. The word "ass" was used a few times, at one point characters were drinking beer, and some of these characters were being shot at. It was a pretty good story, but I fail to see this book as bein children friendly. I think some teens or young adults would get a laugh from reading this because some of the situations are quite amusing, but other than that it isn't a book that I think is a must read.