Tillerman Toad

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1940s & '50s

Peter Durney

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Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad, characters from The Wind in The Willows, join with their former enemies to rescue the Wildwood from developers. Much of the story includes Toad's adventures on a narrowboat on a canal, as well as Badger's attempt to stage a public demonstration against the development. It is Toad who comes to the rescue with a rather devious trick.


Satire, Children's, Folktale, Fantasy,

Short Summary

Toad is placed by the Court to be supervised by Badger who makes him cabin boy on his narrowboat. They are joined on a cruise by Mole and Rat, Their cruise is interrupted when Badger is called back to lead a protest against a development in the Wildwood. Strangely, it is Toad who saves the day.


Canal side somewhere in the English Midlands

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Toad.

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Badass, Crazy, Funny, Narcissistic

Additional Character Details

Name: Badger

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Faithful, Funny, Heroic, Desperate, Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Water Rat

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Empathetic, Modest, Selfless, Adventurous, Complex, Decisive, Strong Moral Code, Confident, Faithful, Patriotic

Additional Character Details

Name: Mole

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Aspiring, Complex, Empathetic, Engaging, Funny, Heroic, Modest, Adventurous

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Pen Press

Year Published: 2010

Hard Copy Available



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