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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books (27 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592701434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592701438
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 23.5 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book works extremely well as a whole. Its design and construction makes it a pleasure to hold as well as to read. It is an experience in tactile observation. To be able to enrich our lives with only one hole is a truly onerous task but on this occasion completed with great success. Open it up for yourself and look inside for a wholly wholesome holely opportunity.
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By Amazon Customer on 20 Dec. 2014
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Clever book
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julija Karmo on 16 April 2014
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I love this book. In my case, it is one of these grown-up books you may not have time for as an adult for but are an indulgent excuse to have time for when you are a parent. The narrative is built around the hole punched right through the book and feels really liberating in its absurdity - a grown-up tale but safe for kids. My 3 year old loves it and I love any excuse to read it again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
My four-year-old laughed so hard he was almost incapacitated 1 Nov. 2013
By Neurasthenic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is charming and original, essaying a little mouse who discovers a hole in the wall of his new apartment, and who discovers that the hole does not stay fixed. Or rather, the hole, which is punched through the book, stays fixed, but the world changes around it. Sometimes it appears as an actual hole, and sometimes it disguises itself as a streetlight or balloon or other round object.

The book is nearly wordless and will be fully appreciated by children who can not yet read. The art is adorable.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Cute Concept Inspiring Creativity 13 Sept. 2013
By D_shrink - Published on Amazon.com
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The author demonstrates how a hole might be found anywhere with actual example of a real hole in the middle of all the pages.

Our male figure in this black ink drawing set of panels begins the story by moving into a new apartment. Our main character is a male as the drawings are fairly anatomically drawn and he is neither a human nor a directly recognizable animal, but to me looks somewhat like a mouse. That is the nice part about this book in that the figures and story can be what you want them to be inspiring creativity for young and old minds alike, as nothing is totally spelled out in this book.

After unloading his moving boxes and making himself breakfast, our main character suddenly notices a hole clear through the kitchen wall leading into the laundry room, but when he goes into the laundry room to investigate, the hole isn't where it was but has moved. As he goes back into the kitchen the hole moves again from the wall to the floor. He is perplexed by these strange events, so calls a science lab to tell him more. They tell him to bring in the hole so they can examine it. After a while he succeeds in capturing the hole in one of his used cardboard boxes and takes it to the lab, where they exam it. They tell him to leave it so they can do a more thorough examination of it. He goes home to wait for the final verdict as to what the hole may mean, how it got there and why it keeps moving around. But lo and behold when he gets home, what does he find but?????

Since the figures are somewhat anamorphic and there is a bare minimum of printed text, your young reader can make the story into whatever he/she wants it to say. In psychological terms, this would be considered an open-ended exercise. It is a neat concept for kids to exercise their minds and be creative. The other thing is that the kids can see a different story with each perusal through the book. This is a fine example of thinking outside the box.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Simply brilliant 16 Oct. 2013
By TGL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Funny, clever and profound. For kids, it's a silly story about a grown-up who's outdone by a hole. For grownups, it's a lesson about the futility of trying to rid your life of imperfection.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Clever 7 Sept. 2013
By Tuck - Published on Amazon.com
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This book makes me happy. I am a first grade teacher and I read hundreds of children's books every year and this is now an absolute favorite. I love clever storytelling and this is one of the best.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Create your own story 28 Jan. 2014
By CleverPenName - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Cute graphics, cute ideas, excellent quality. I only wish I could have had a bit more guidance with the story-telling. I introduce concepts like testing, experiment, checking, persistence. I try to make it fun for a toddler but I could use more text. It is indeed an open-ended exercise and we'll definitely revisit this book as she ages to see what story she can come up with. It is rather short.

For adults, there are a few lessons you can draw from this as other reviewers have mentioned, including the futility of perfectionism but I cannot figure out where the "deeply expressive" review is coming from.
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