The Mole and the Hole
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
It’s kind of dark and boring being Mole if you’re stuck inside your dark hole, never seeing a fellow creature or the light of day.
Try as he might, our Mole narrator finds that however much he digs, there’s always something blocking his exit to the great outside.
“No moles above ground!” comes the cry from the rocks doing the blocking.
Mole muses on the problem: thus far his time spent above ground has always been devoted to playing with friends, basking in the sun and doing his business,
whereafter down he’d go again. A good neighbour most certainly – or is he?
No matter what clever ideas he comes up with – disguise, joke telling or downright lying – nothing succeeds in shifting the determination of those rocks to keep him down under..
Is he now destined to be forever sub terra, he wonders.
Suddenly though there is light at the end of the tunnel and Mole finds himself face to face with …
He beats a hasty retreat but not long after our friend is heard extolling the virtues of his new living place.
What about his new neighbours though: are they equally enthusiastic about their new neighbour? Um …
Disney character artist and now debut picture book author-illustrator Kowlaczuk’s digitally created scenes of Mole’s totally inappropriate, un-neighbourly behaviour and what his neighbours think of it, are depicted with a deliciously dry humour that will delight young listeners. Listeners who will enjoy the fact that no matter what, no matter where, Mole is always accompanied by his best friend and silent participant Grub..
At the same time, the story wherein showing not telling is key, wryly demonstrates the importance of being a good neighbour for all concerned.
A thought-provoking addition to the FL First Editions list.