The River Bank by Kij Johnson
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The River Bank by Kij Johnson

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Hardcover format.  Pictorial matte laminate boards.  Highly recommended!  If you've ever wanted more Wind in the Willows, and more female characters for Mole and Ratty to spar and adventure with, then you've finally got your wish!  Absolutely delightful.

In this delightful dive into the bygone world of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows staunch Mole, sociable Water Rat, severe Badger, and troublesome and ebullient Toad of Toad Hall are joined by a young mole lady, Beryl, and her dear friend, Rabbit. There are adventures, a double kidnapping, lost letters, a series of sensational novels, two (threatened) marriages, and family secrets.

The River Bank has color endpapers, chapter illustrations, and more than 40 incidental illustrations by award-winning artist Kathleen Jennings.

  • Washington Post Notable Books
    “A charming and funny sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows.
  • Seattle Times Noteworthy Books of 2017
    “A sequel to children’s classic The Wind in the Willows as enchanting as the original, this feminist take on Toad, Water Rat, et al., introduces us to Beryl, a ‘young lady mole’ who’s also a novelist, and her best friend, Rabbit.”
  • NPR Best Books of 2017
    “A beautiful, pitch-perfect sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, with characters original to Kij Johnson and spot illustrations by Kathleen Jennings.”