narrated by Mary Woods
Part of our California vacation included a trip to Disneyland where you can experience Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, an attraction based on this book. Although I was somewhat familiar with this story I don't think I'd actually read it before, so when Kiddo wanted to know about the ride I knew I'd have to check out the book and get the whole story.
This book tells the story of the critters who live on the edge of the river, including Mole, Badger, Ratty, and the infamous Toad. Most of their adventures are of the quiet sort - picnics on the river, walks in the woods, visiting neighbors - except when Toad is involved; then things get wild and crazy.
After I listened to the story I retold it to Kiddo one afternoon before heading to Disneyland. He really enjoyed it and it definitely made the ride more fun for him once we got there. Plus we were able to get the Disney movie version of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and watch that while we in our hotel, so that was an added bonus!
As for me, I can't say that I particularly enjoyed this book though I am glad that I listened to it. It was alright, some parts were entertaining, but on the whole I didn't particularly enjoy it. It seems like sacrilege to say that since this book is a classic of childrens literature, but I really don't get the appeal. What am I missing here?