• "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