The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Graham
I thought this would be like Watership Down.
But in Waterhiops Down... weren't the rabbits just rabbits? Like speaking rabbits, but anatomically rabbits?
Here... what are these things? They can row boats and drive motor cars. And if he puts on some rags, a male toad can be mistaken for a human woman.
And yet, they live in burrows. Although some in great houses. What size are they? How many fingers do they have? These things bothered me, because I would find my image of Toad, or Mole and things would go fine until suddenly they turned too human, and then too toady, and I'd have to stop and work on my mental image a bit. Irritating.
I didn't like it.