Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆
The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.
Tired of spring cleaning, Mole ventures above ground into the warm sunshine, and happens upon his friend Ratty. Together they picnic on the sparkling, burbling river, brave the sinister Wild Wood in wintertime to visit the bad-tempered Badger, and take to the open road in a caravan with dear, silly old Toad. But when Toad’s attention turns to motor cars, his reckless behaviour goes from bad to worse. Badger, Rat and Mole must save their friend from ruin, and Toad Hall from the clutches of the rascally Stoats and Weasels.
What a sweet story. I absolutely adored Mole. He’s a kind animal, always looking out for his friends, always willing to do things for them.
And I absolutely loved the friendship between Mole and Rat. They’re quite different characters, but they fit incredibly well together and it’s clear how much they care for each other.
The Rat stared straight in front of him, saying nothing, only patting Mole gently on the shoulder.
It’s also a surprisingly cosy. All the trappings of home life, of summer in the country is described in loving detail. And it’s not too much, not boring. Instead, it feels good, vivid, like a slice of a world where there are always happy endings and the sun shines in summer on green grass.
What I did not like, or rather, who I didn’t like was Toad. What a conceited little bugger. And nothing he does has any real consequences! He steals a car and sure, he gets thrown in jail but then he escapes. He insults the woman giving him a ride and steals her horse, he’s an arrogant, lying, self-centered ass.
As he tramped along gaily, he thought of his adventures and escapes, and how when things seemed at their worst he had always managed to find a way out; and his pride and conceit began to swell within him. “Ho, ho!” he said to himself, as he marched along with his chin in the air, “what a clever Toad I am! There is surely no animal equal to me for cleverness in the whole world!”
And he just walks back home, his friends help him out and everything is as it was.
A sweet and cozy-feeling animal story.