• It is a book that breaks nearly every rule of modern children's wasn't about fairies at the bottom of the garden, but it was about magic - just the right kind of magic. It thrills me still to read it

    Shirley Hughes, The Times
  • "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.'' But reading about Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger runs it a close second.

    Michael Morpurgo
  • People think of it as a children's book, but that's not all it is. What seared my imagination was its surrealism. The rat, the mole and badger could talk, but they could also change size: a badger could crawl down a rat hole, a toad could drive a car. At nine or 10 that fascinated me and that made a deep impression on my career

    Terry Pratchett, Independent on Sunday
  • A book about the love of friends and the joys of existence

    Sunday Times
  • I loved Toad of Toad Hall and his merry antics, especially with his motor car - poop poop!

    Kenneth Branagh, Daily Express

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