The Reading Nook | The Hole
Do you have an e-reader? Do you read books on your tablet? I do. Devices ARE great for portability and size (no more filling up your carry on with books when travelling!). But there’s nothing like the tactile experience of a book whose clever design is as much a part of the story as the story itself.
And so we have The Hole by Norwegian author Orvind Torseter.
Pick up the book and feel thick, cardboard cover. That die cut hole through the book from top to bottom? It’s a character in the story. Each page uses the hole in an amusing way.
The book opens with the main character moving into a new apartment where amidst the boxes he finds a hole. Not just any hole but one that moves around as he chases after it.
“Hello, I’ve discovered a hole in my apartment. . . . It moves. . . . If you could come take a look. . . . Bring it down, you say? What? Hello?!”
He packs it in a box and takes it to be analyzed. But of course there’s more that happens along the way.
Torseter is one of Norway’s top illustrators and his offbeat style is reminiscent of another author we’ve featured here at the Reading Nook, Tomi Ungerer.
Looking for something a little different for your 6 year olds and up? This’ll do quite fine.