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.