Review: The New Adventures of Mr Toad: A Race for Toad Hall -Tom Moorhouse (author) and Holly Swain (illustrator)

100 years on from The Wind in the Willows, Toad Hall lies in ruins. Teejay (Toad Junior), Mo and Ratty are exploring the place when they make a discovery in the Ice House – it’s a very frozen Mr Toad! Nobody can quite believe he’s alive – especially not the dodgy weasels who want to claim Toad Hall for their own.

This is one of the first chapter books I have read with my eldest daughter (just-turned 5) and she absolutely loved it. As did I! When she asked for “just one more chapter” I was powerless to resist and three bedtimes later we’d finished the whole book! 
Mr Toad is as gloriously eccentric as you would expect him to be and the new young characters are smart, brave and adventurous. Holly Swain’s illustrations are vibrant and vivacious, with a colour palette of mostly greys, greens and blacks with occasional splashes of red. And the car racing action is brilliant fun!

Looking forward to the next instalment in the series.

Emma 

A Race for Toad Hall is published by Oxford University Press