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The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit Hardcover – March 1, 2007

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A phenomenal success since its UK publication in 1964, The Story of the Little Mole has delighted children and adults alike. This new board book edition will add to this already sizeable audience. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English
Original Language: German --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 5
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1St Edition edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081091641X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810916418
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Coln on July 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I first encountered this book when I took a Children's Literature course in college. A bestseller in Germany, it had been banned in the United States because of its subject matter, so our professor had to show us the original German book and translate it for us. After our initial shock wore off, it had our entire class of English majors in stitches!

Basically, someone or something poops on the little mole's head, and the mole (understandably upset) starts going from animal to animal asking if that animal is the one who did it. Each animal says "no" and then shows what their own poop looks like. Eventually, the mole finds out which animal is responsible, and has his revenge. This is VERY similar in style to the P.D. Eastman children's classic "Are You My Mother?" where a baby bird goes from animal to animal looking for his mommy bird - except, of course, the content is a bit more unusual for the average American parent who is used to "Goodnight Moon" or "Where the Wild Things Are." The thing is, though, kids love to learn about bodily functions - especially when they reach the age of potty training.

I actually found the book so amusing that I always kept my eye out for a copy, and years later I managed to track down an English copy here on Amazon! (Note: the original American/English title for the book was "The Little Mole Who Went In Search of Whodunnit"...it looks like they've changed the name this time around.) I ordered it to read to my young son who was 3 years old at the time. He loved it and thought it was the funniest thing ever!

I find this book more tasteful than some of the others of this type - it's matter-of-fact and doesn't try to be crude in any way. It's also educational in the sense of highlighting differences between animals.
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Format: Hardcover
Now this book is GREAT!!!! I don't know if I should really put it in the educational category, but in fact it is - it leaves lots of subjects open for discussion with the young ones

My two daughters adore this book - it is visually rich, the story is great fun, and it is an easy read for adults and children alike. There is also, as I mentioned, a chance for discussion on issues such as why are all these animals 'business' different (as well as discussing a range of euphemisms for 'business')

The story starts with a little mole who puts his head up above the ground only to have some animal go to the toilet on his head. The mole, who is very short sighted and wears thick glasses doesn't see who it was that did this on his head so he goes in search of animals to ask. These include a dove, a goat, a pig, a cow a horse and couple of flies (amongst others) and in fact it is the flys which point him in the right direction at last.

Although I am not one for condoning revenge it is rather funny as the revenge is hardly worth the effort in the end but it makes the mole satisfied and the animal hardly notices the difference.

The drawings are gorgeous, as I said, they look like they have been done in rich colourful pastels so the animals are very alive and with excellent detail.

Kids love this book, for its toilet humour, but also for its natural biology - just why do animals have different business - it is a great introduction to talk about animal diet, circumstances, even flight of birds and things to assit. While they might not understand all the concepts it is a fun way to extend them.

Adults will enjoy this one too
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This is a terrifically funny book. Kids love it. In Australia it is called 'The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was None of his Business'
Enlightening as to the different kinds of poop animals expel.
Made absolutely captivating by 6 year old observing a cow plopping a good big pat (as it is known in these parts - pancake in the book!) as we drove throught the country last week.
Not at all turdgid, this one.
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In general I can't stand children's stories where the protagonist goes off in search of something. It's so formulaic: they stop on each page and talk to a different character who never shows up again, and there's never any character development except that they find the thing they were looking for.

However, this one is just too funny. I mean, it's a big poop joke, and poop is funny no matter how old you are. My favorite is to give this book to a grandparent to read to my son at bed time and laugh while they make new fart sound on every page. It's good fun!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very funny book. It never once uses any "base" scatological descriptions. Yet everyone understands what the "whodunit" is. The book is not just very amusing, but also educational - the illustrations are entertaining, without being gross or graphic.
Everyone I know who has a child, has asked me where they can find this book. It is tasteful, and deals with an aspect of life that most youngs ones are MOST interested in.
The only criticism is that it seems to be printed on slightly flimsy paper, otherwise...
Our family and friends abslutely adore this book!!
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My sister sent this book to me several Christmases ago and it has become a tradition for Christmas reading at our family get together even though it has nothing to do with Christmas. It is wonderfully illustrated and the "reading" takes on a life of its own in shared entertainment value. It is a great book to read aloud to a group and appeals to all ages. It is so funny. I loved it.
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