Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

No place like home

No place like home

Jonathan Emmett
Illustrator:  Vanessa Cabban 
Picture Book  Series
For ages 3 to 5
Candlewick Press, 2004   ISBN: 076362554X

One day Mole comes out of his burrow to see that the day is “BIG and BRIGHT and BEAUTIFUL.” He decides there and then that he needs a new home above ground where he can enjoy these wonderful gifts of nature and he sets off to find one.

Soon Mole meets his friend hedgehog who shows him a pleasant enough home in a log. The only problem is that the log is rather drafty. Mole decides that he needs someplace that is a little more “snug.”

Mole meets up with several more friends who all suggest possible homes for Mole but when Mole goes to look at each of the potential homes he finds that there is something about each place that is just not right. Poor Mole begins to wonder if he is ever going to find a home that will suit him. Then the little velvety animal has a great idea and he finds a home that suits him perfectly.

Mole’s little adventure is beautifully illustrated in soft warm colors which capture the beauty of Mole’s world. Mole and his friends are full of loveable appeal and the simple text makes the story easily accessible for very young children.