From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–Mole, the beloved town photographer, commemorates all the local special occasions from Commander Bear's birthday to the Pig reunion with pictures, and his entertaining stories about work behind the lens make him one of the town's most popular dinner guests. Still, as he looks from his portraits to his animated subjects, he realizes that something is missing. Frustrated, he decides to go on a journey to figure it out. After much searching, a special someone who makes him smile helps Mole realize what his somber portraits lack. In the end, Mole gets to be in the picture himself (a trick he learned on his travels) instead of always being a bystander. Haseley's heartwarming story will strike just the right chord with readers and will spark speculation about what is missing and why. Kangas's muted watercolor and oil-wash illustrations feature many old-fashioned details and make a nice accompaniment to the sweet and gentle text. Kids especially repulsed by love and mush may be turned off, but Mole's plight and journey to happiness will bring a smile to many listeners' faces.–Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA
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