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Sunday 12 January 2020

Review: The Something

The Something is a story of wonder and imagination after a boy loses his ball down a mysterious hole.

Told from the view of the child, we follow his adventure to find out what could be down the hole under a cherry tree in his garden. Over time and seasons, he watches the hole and asks family and friends what they think could be down there; frogs, trolls, a knitting mole and badger doing crosswords are just the beginning.

Will the mystery prevail or will we continue to wonder? His unlimited imagination, determination and curiosity are admirable and leave the story open and thought provoking.

The playful, loose illustrations feel warm and lighthearted, they work perfectly with the text and with endearing characters including a pet dog; they deliver much of the story on their own.

This book has been a favourite of mine for a long time, I love how so much wonder and story surrounds the simple concept of a hole and I enjoy making new discoveries in the illustrations each time I read it. Inspiring creative thinking and discussion The Something would make a great gift or class room addition.

Rebecca Cobb is a UK based author and illustrator, other books she’s worked on include The Paper Dolls, Aunt Amelia and The Day War Came.

Title: The Something
Author/Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
Publisher: Pan MacMillan, $24.99
Publication Date: 28 August 2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN:  0230764827
For ages: 0 – 5
Type: Picture Book