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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Story of the Little Mole who knew it was None of his Business
by Werner Holzwarth
Age Range: 6-8
One bright and sunny morning a terrible catastrophe befalls the Little Mole. Something very unpleasant lands on his head! He sets out to find out who is responsible and meets a whole host of characters along the way including a dove, a horse, a hare, a goat, a cow and a pig. His investigation introduces him to the life (and ‘business’) of these many different animals. However, he is no closer to finding the culprit, that is until he encounters Basil, the butcher’s dog and it becomes clear to him who the real perpetrator is of the distasteful incident!
This a very funny book (as long as you are not easily offended, that is!), with its unusual take on a natural bodily function. The Story of the Little Mole is a bestselling picture book that has been translated into many languages. Children will always ask awkward questions about bodily functions and this book tackles this embarrassing subject with lots of humour.
Wolf Erlbruch’s outstanding illustrations show characters packed with such expressive features. In fact if you take time to look at the artwork in detail you will notice that Little Mole’s body language changes in every phase of the story: surprised, hungry, interested, analytical, scared, resigned and finally satisfied in the end. This is a highly original picture book for children and will become a firm favourite that will entertain its readers again and again.