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Written by: Cary Fagan
Illustrated by: Milan Pavlovic
Published by: Groundwood Books
Published on: March 26, 2012
Review copy provided by publisher. All opinions are my own.
Danny is a responsible kid whose life is about to change. His parents are a little more flighty than he is, and have given away his beloved pet and have decided that they will relocate to Banff and New York City, shuffling the kids between them. Danny is not thrilled at this idea, and takes a walk to deal, but by focusing on his predicament and not on where he is going, he falls very fall down into a hole at a construction site.
This is where a very fantastic adventure starts. You might think being down a very big hole would be distressing, but Danny is fortified with snacks in his backpack, and a new funky poet friend (who is also a mole) keeps him company.
But what happens while Danny is gone? Do his parents grow up? Does his dog come back? Will he be rescued?
Cary Fagan (Oh Fey So?) has an amazing sense of humour that shines through his writing whether a picture book or middle grade reader. A talking mole is just absurd enough to elicit giggles. The adventure will appeal to kids who loved Robert Munsch books and are now moving onto chapter books.