The Hole


Written and illustrated by Øyvind Torseter

64 pages
Subject: Humor
Age group: 6 and up
ISBN: 978-1-59270-143-8
9" x 10.75"
US $22.95
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About the Book

The protagonist of The Hole has discovered a hole in his apartment and tries to find an explanation for it. He seeks expert advice. But not everything can be explained. Perhaps he’ll just have to accept that the hole is there? The Hole has simple, expressive drawings created by pen and computer, and there’s a hole punched right through the book, so it exists in real life, even if it can’t be explained.

Awards and Reviews

The Hole has been selected as one of Brain Pickings' 13 Best Children's, Illustrated, and Picture Books of 2013!

“... the story is at once simple and profound, amusing and philosophical, the sort of quiet meditation that gently, playfully tickles us into existential inquiry.”

“What makes the book especially magical is that a die-cut hole runs from the wonderful gritty cardboard cover through every page and all the way out through the back cover …”

“... an especial delight for those of us who swoon over masterpieces of die-cut whimsy.”

“In every page, the hole is masterfully incorporated into the visual narrative, adding an element of tactile delight that only an analog book can afford.”

Read the full review and find more pictures at Brain Pickings

“With its moody line drawings, sly humor, and witty use of the hole in each page (when it’s not a hole, it’s a streetlight, balloon, nostril, etc.), Torseter’s story amuses, provokes, and leaves readers wishing for more.”

Read the full review at Publishers Weekly