The Hole

The Hole begins and ends with a secret:  the reader knows there is a hole in the wall but the  lead character does not. He moves into an apartment and finds the things he needs to make a meal and settles in to eat on one of the cardboard boxes. “What’s this?” he says THE HOLECvrMaxwhen he sees the hole (which is an actual hole punched through the center of the book). The hole moves around the apartment and I won’t tell you how the problem is solved other than to point out the ingenious way the main character is shown going through the city and how the hole becomes an eyehole, a stoplight, a manhole, a balloon–Øyvind Torseter‘s clever illustrations will keep you riveted, page after page–and that sometimes taking care of problems doesn’t mean they’ve gone away.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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