Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure by Robert De Board & Kenneth Grahame

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Based on Kenneth Grahame’s Wind and the Willow, Counselling for Toads, follows the character of Toad after his friends, worried and annoyed about his now very odd behaviour forces him to see a psychiatrist. What follows is an in-depth and interesting break down of the character of Toad, as well as his relationship with his three friends Rat, Mole and Badger.

“Now look here Toad, this can go on no longer,” Badger said sternly. ” There is only one thing left. You must have Counselling.”

I enjoyed Counselling for Toads immensely, so much so that I’ve applied a lot of the principle from the book to the characters of other books such as Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir. In that book the character of Catherine Grey is playing the games ‘Poor Little Old Me’ and ‘You’re okay, I’m not okay’ in truth it’s ‘She’s okay, they’re not okay.’

The writing style is the same style as the Wind and the Willow, keeping the vintage feel of old England and follows the characters from the original book nicely. The psychology terminology is dilated, making it easier to understand for those who aren’t familiar with psychology terms and jargon.

Counseling for Toads is a fascinating dive into the mind of a classical character. It is available for purchase at Amazon, Audible  or any of your local book stores.

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