Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale was first published in 1908, and children and adults alike fell in love with the timid Mole, the friendly Water Rat, the erudite Badger, the mischievous Toad, and a host of other unforgettable creatures. The quiet life they lead on the banks of the River Thames is interspersed with adventures, normally instigated by Toad, who has a propensity for trouble, and whose sudden and all-consuming passion for motor cars eventually results in his being kept ‘a helpless prisoner in the remotest dungeon of the best-guarded keep of the stoutest castle in all the length and breadth of Merry England.’ His escape dressed as a washerwoman and his journey home to Toad Hall are among the most familiar and best-loved escapades in children’s literature. Over the years, the animals’ adventures have been brought to life by many artists, including E. H. Shepard, who illustrated the original edition, and Arthur Rackham. This magnificent new edition brings the story to life with more than 70 new illustrations by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen, so fans of all ages can relive – or enjoy for the first time – this heart-warming tale.
Michael Hague illustrates three collections of time-proven tales. Originally published in 1910, Old Mother West Wind by Thornton W. Burgess introduces a group of enchanting woodland creatures, the Merry Little Breezes, Reddy Fox and Tommy Trout among them, to a new generation of readers. Michael Hague's Favorite Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales offers nine classic stories including The Snow Queen, Thumbelina and The Little Mermaid, all adapted by Jane Woodward. And lastly, Hague portrays the lush habitat of Toad, Mole, Rat and Badger in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. The handsomely designed oversize volumes present Hague's artwork in framed spreads and spot illustrations, just right for lap reading.