If you are willing to go with the flow there is much to enjoy, with some welcome doses of humour balancing the slightly po-faced fairy-story
Tolkien's presentation of the enchanting art of the fairy-story
as 'Christening' the imagination in a certain way.
The realm of fairy-story
is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords.
rise has restored belief that the sport isn't just about money.
Although Tolkien likened The Wind in the Willows to "The Monkey's Heart," as a Beast-fable and therefore not a fairy-story
, he also contrasted it with the dream-structure of the Alice books, thus by implication counting it as a fairy-story
in comparison to a dream-vision (OFS 75).