'Hello, I've discovered a hole in my apartment ... it moves around ... yes ... if you could come and look at it ... bring it down to you, you say … how … hello!'
The protagonist has discovered a hole and tries to find an explanation. He seeks expert advice. But not everything can be explained. Perhaps he will just have to accept that it's there.
The Hole (Hullet) has simple, expressive drawings by pen and computer. The hole is punched right through the book, so it exists in real life.
The book won the prize for Norways most beautiful book in 2013, as well as the French Prix Jeune Alber. It was also nominated to the Brage Prize in 2012.
‘… a stylish and surreal picture book… line drawings combined with a minimal use of colour lends the book a stylish and elegant appearance. The book looks much like a graphic novel, where each spread resembles an enlarged comic book square. With few details, attention is drawn towards simple points on each page, making the story quick to read and easy to understand for readers young and old. At the same time it raises a whole host of questions, both concrete and abstract, and invites several perusals. It is fortunate that the pages are sturdy – this is a book that will quickly become well-thumbed.’
'Quite simply masterful work, once again.'
‘The text is short, but the illustrations surrounding the hole make the book dynamic. The book encourages discussions relating to the illustrations and the hole, and it can be read many times!’
‘Humorous and imaginative. It will entertain people from the age of 3 to the age of 100. … This is a delightful play with reality and imagination. … What is brilliant about this book is the idea of the hole, which remains at the same place, but still appears to move around.’
'A charming and ingenious children’s book that is similarly sure to charm mums and dads.'
To the top