The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - FUNDAY TELEGRAPH -

THE HOLE STORY By: Kelly Canby Re­viewed by: Sandy Fus­sell (www.sandy­fussell. . com) Char­lie is ex­cited to dis­cover a hole in the long grass, but from the mo­ment he picks it up and puts it in his pocket, it causes trou­ble. Ev­ery­thing in his pocket drops out. Char­lie tries to find the hole a new owner. It’s an im­pos­si­ble task. No­body wants a hole. Cer­tainly not the arach­nid and rep­tile store­keeper. Or the boat­builder. The dough­nut man likes holes, but he has a ma­chine to make as many as he needs.

“Good­ness no, Char­lie,” said the seam­stress. “I spend my en­tire day try­ing to get rid of those things!”

Char­lie takes the hole back to the long grass and tosses it away. The hole may not be a good thing for Char­lie, but nu­mer­ous other crea­tures think dif­fer­ently.

The end­pa­per is a mo­saic of an­i­mals nes­tled in their bur­rows — foxes, echid­nas, beavers, skunks and more.

Wa­ter­colour dou­ble page spreads are em­bel­lished with inked lines — spec­ta­cles on faces, the tail on a rab­bit and the legs on spi­ders. The arach­nid and rep­tile store is a feast of small in­ter­est­ing things.

This is a clever story, beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated. A book for young and old to read, share and keep.

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