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Friday, 8 February 2013

Review: The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was none of his business

It’s a book about animal poo.  There is no other way of describing it.  So, it must be good right? 

The Story of Little Mole who knew it was none of his business is the very simple, yet highly entertaining story of a little Mole who, when he pops his head out of his mole hole one morning gets a very nasty surprise deposited on his head.  A poo.  Even though the book is about THAT word, author Werner Holzwarth doesn’t actually ever say the “p” word and throughout the book, it’s up to the reader to make that association. 

The story continues in a very entertaining repetitive pattern as Mr. Mole sets off to find the culprit.  Along the way, he meets a dove, horse, hare, goat, cow, and a pair of flies who gives him a quick education as to why they didn’t do that on his head.  

The layout of the book is very charming, using a whimsical font for the text, which adds to the childish appeal of the book.  Wolf Erlbruch has managed to illustrate all the pictures from ground level, which is exactly what children see, so it immediately draws them into the story. 

The animal voices and emotions used, as well as the repetitive nature, makes The Story of Little Mole who knew it was none of his business a wonderful read aloud book for children. 

Don’t be scared off by the concept of the book.  A little bit of poo never hurt anyone.  It’s a book, that if given due enthusiasm whilst reading to your children, will become a favourite. 

- Review by Natasha Olde

Title: The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was none of his business
Author: Werner Holzwarth
Illustrator: Wolf Erlbruch
Publisher: Harper Collins, $14.95 RRP
Publication Date: 28th February 1996
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9780732256494 
For ages: 4+ years
Type: Picture book


  1. One of our class' favourite books! Used it as a stimulus for the beginning of a unit on 'What do animals eat - carnivores, herbivores and omnivores' It soon become a very well - read book just for the fun of it. I think because the topic feels a little taboo it instantly attracts children (esp. Boys) to explore it more. Good for plays on words too!


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