Hmmm… there seems to be a hole in this book

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The premise is so simple – a book called The Hole, published with a hole drilled right through the front cover, through the pages and out through the back over. The illustrations on each page incorporate the hole. So simple, and so clever.

Norwegian artist, Oyvind Torseter, has created The Hole, a funny story (with very few words) about a character that discovers a hole in the apartment that he has just moved into. To begin, the hole is in the wall but to our protagonist’s surprise, the hole moves.

“”…Yes, hello… I’ve found a hole… In my apartment. . .. It keeps moving. . .. Could you come and have a look. . .  Take it with me… To you? How?… Hello?!””

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After some effort,  the protagonist captures the hole in a box and takes it to a lab for analysis. Some serious looking scientists run all sorts of tests and conclude with –

“We’ll keep the hole for the moment and contact you later.”< But trapped and scrutinised, is it the end of the hole? I won't give away the rest of the story, short of saying I do like a book that ends with a good punchline. Torseter's simple ink line drawings and minimal use of colour, combined with the curiosity of a hole in every page make this book a winner. Even the youngest of readers will appreciate the humour of the moving hole that frustrates the main character. Kids will also enjoy the tactility of an actual hole on each page and the clever way it is incorporated into the illustrations (notably, by shifting the perspective in each illustration the hole does appear to move around). The Hole is suitable for children age three years and over. Find it online at Book Depository, which delivers free to Australia.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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