It can be pretty graphically brutal at times and there is no shortage of good "people" suffering, which I think tends to turn some people off. There is also a strong allegorical religious/spiritual context that may not mesh with some people's views. But once you accept the initial positing of sentient "anthropomorphic" moles, it all plays out in a very natural way.
I liked it so much that I bought "James and the Giant Peach: A play" adapted by Richard George. It's really cool with "Easy-to-make costumes"! Unfortunately, none of my friends wants to take part in the play.
yeah, terrible friends think that it's terribly embarrassing to dress up as insects, sing and dance in front of people. We have manga club but no theatrical club. Sometimes there are competitions between classes but kids here enjoy watching shooting scenes on television.
You're probably right about The Wind in the Willows, which may explain why nobody has voted for it as of yet.
Chain bookstores like Borders (where I used to work) subdivide the children's section by age level: between Children and Young Adult is another section called Intermediates, which is intended for the middle-school crowd. I say 'intended' because many of its more popular book series (e.g. Harry Potter, Inkheart, Eragon, Artemis Fowl, His Dark Materials, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and even Redwall) have had crossover success with older teens and adults.
Watership Down might be considered either Intermediate or YA; but at Borders, it was assigned (as was the mass market-sized version of The Wind in the Willows) to the Classic Literature shelves.
Maybe in another few decades, Seuss (and Shel Silverstein) might well end up joining them there. If we still have any brick-and-mortar bookstores left by that point, that is.
I guess you're right about 'Wind in the Willows'. I didn't notice whether it had votes or not. I worked in a library for a while and know what you mean about categorizing books. And as much as people (people I know, anyway) still like actual books, there'll be bookstores. ESPEcially Barnes and Noble, for example. They sell so much besides books, I can't see their future being short.
But I voted for Spellsinger. I knew it wouldn't be getting much love otherwise, if any; any book series that uses popular music as part of its plot isn't likely to age well.
But it has tons of humor (pun-based as well as situational) and some memorable characters. It was seeing a drawing [link] that reminded me of one of them (Roseroar the warrior tigress) which inspired this poll in the first place.