“ Author: Werner Holzwarth / Format: Board book / Date of publication: 07 October 2002 / Genre: Animal Stories / Subcategory: Children's Fiction / Publisher: Pavilion Books / Title: The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business / ISBN 13: 9781856024563 / ISBN 10: 1856024563 / Alternative EAN: 9781856024402 „
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Age level: 2-7 or anyone who has not outgrown toilet humour.
Illustrations: Very good
Educational: Not at all
Quality of story: Brilliantly Funny.
This is one of our favourites, as my sons, like most young children find poo very entertaining. The main character is mole, who wakes up one morning to rather unpleasant surprise, just as he pokes his head out of his hole, a rather large poo plops down on his head. Mole spends the rest of the trying to find out who the culprit was. In his search he meets several different animals, who all give him a demonstration of how they eliminate waste. After a long and smelly day, mole at last finds the guilty party and takes revenge in kind, before retiring at last to his hole.
While some people might find this book a bit rude, crude, even distastful, those are just the qualities that make it so amusing to young children. My son laughed until he ahd tears in his eyes when we first got this book and even now it brings many a smile. A really delightful bedtime story - although perhaps not so well suited to mealtimes :)
"Did you poo on my head?" asks Little Mole.
Little Mole has so many questions yet nobody seems to have the answers. But with some clever detective work, Little Mole finds out exactly who has pooed on his head. This is a hilarious book for children. And adults. It's a little surreal. But it's very, very funny.
Q) What's it about?
A) Basically a mole wakes up one morning to discover that somebody has pooed on his head. The story follows his adventures to find out just who had the sheer audacity to relieve themselves on our intrepid hero...
Q) And did he find the culprit?
A) Indeed he did.. but only after thorough examination of a great number of his fellow animal's droppings.
Q) Well at least it doesn't describe the poo, does it?
A) It does - in glorious detail. Little mole spends literally hours comparing the pile of poo on his head with those that he comes across on his journey. And very thorough he is too - checking the size, shape and consistancy as well as keeping an ear out for the sounds that could indicate poo in the neighbourhood.
Q) Is there anything in the book that would be of interest to people who do not have a natural fascination with poo?
A) The illustrations are truly charming. Even the ones that aren't depicting droppings.
Q) Thanks all the same but don't you think this all sounds a bit childish?
A) That's almost the point. It's a crazy little book, but one that the kids will absolutely adore. I've bought this book for so many children that I know and they have all fallen in love with it. It's impossible to read without a giggle, and however 'poor taste' it may sound, it delights little kids so much that it could inspire them to read more..
Q) Poppycock. Why would it inspire them to read?
A) Here's a tip - buy it for a three year old girl and then give your six year old boy the job of reading it for their little sister at bedtime. Education and fun for the six year old, quality storytime for the three year old. It may even give you five free minutes to pour yourself a G&T/write a dooyoo review. Everyone's happy.
A) Well, everyone apart from Little Mole. He still has poo on his head...
This book is fantastic and very funny indeed, on a subject close to the hearts of many small children - animals and their pooing habits!
My wife originally borrowed this from our local children's centre, but our 2- year-old and 4-year-old loved it so much we first bought the paperback edition and then the glorious "plop-up" version. If your kids' main topic of conversation on any zoo/farm trip is animal poo, then this is the book for them. Over-sensitive types should shy away, however, and one set of grandparents in our family were not amused!
This review does contain spoilers but you'll find youself reading this book over and over to your insistent kids so hopefully the fact I'm giving away the "plot" will be forgiven.
It starts inoccuously enough with little mole poking out his head from his hole and a "sausage" falling from the sky on his head. Little mole then sets out on a quest to find out what is on his head and who did it. He encounters various animals on his travels who proceed to demonstrate how they "poo" - a hare ("rat-a-tat...little round beans"), a horse ("flump plump - five big fat horsey apples"), a pig ("plop, splat - a little soft brown pile"...you get the impression and should know if it's for you or not), a cow, a dove, a goat and finally, the culprit, the butcher's dog.
Little mole proceeds to exact a suitable revenge (which I won't give away but perhaps can be guessed at!) and then returns home "satisfied".
The illustrations are charming and delightful and add to the overall humorous feel of the book.
The pop-ups themselves are reasonably sturdy, although like any pop-up book if you leave if alone with your kids you'll probably soon find the usual signs of "wear and tear" that comes with pop-up editions. The version without the pop-ups is also welll worth purchasing if you're deterred by concerns about the longevity of the pop-up version.
The book also provides a source of some amusement (after dinner!) if you have suitably minded adult guests.
A great addition to your kids' library - there's nothing else like it!
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will begin.
The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch - the Plop-up Edition.
I bought this book for my nephew as a reward for using the "big toilet" to do a poo in. Bless him he's been finding it hard to come to terms with poo and toilets and in a last gasp effort to crack this last bit of his toilet training my sister decided that every time he did a poo in the big toilet that he would be rewarded with a book. He told me about this and I said I would buy him one too as I was very proud of him. He went all shy at this point - he is a typical boy!
So browsing Amazon for books in the 3 to 4 year old range I found all sorts of amusingly titled books but this title jumped out at me. It wasn't so much the title but the funny hat on the mole that made me take a second look and I realised that the hat was in fact a pile of poo. Now the title made sense and it made me giggle (I am a child yes!). I thought "How apt" and was about to add to my basket when I noticed in the "other items you might like" that there was a pop up or plop up version as the cover describes it of the book. Without hesitation I bought it (currently this hard cover pop up version is £5.99 instead of £9.99 on Amazon).
The story of the book is very simple. The Little Mole wakes up one morning to find a pile of poo on his head but he knows it isn't one of his so he sets out to discover the faecal miscreant. But being short sighted he needed help. On his mission he encounters various animals and compares their poo to his unsightly hat until he finds the culprit. What is nice is that it helps your child understand at this difficult stage of toilet training (especially for a boy) that poo is a natural thing and not something to be worried about or ashamed about. So as well as having that lovely element of toilet humour it is a helpful aid at this development stage (especially if you are a parent and toilet training isn't going quite as you had hoped!).
The illustration of the book is lovely. It captures the animals in a fun but quite grown up way - they are slightly caricatured rather than being cartoon style and they all have fabulous facial expressions. I could say to my nephew "how is the mole (or whatever animal) feeling?" and he could tell me.
What was nice was that each animal he encountered is dealt with on one or two pages so you could turn the page and a new "adventure" has begun and what is also nice about this is that as my nephew read the book more often he began to develop favourite characters so he could go up to grandad or whoever with the page open and say "this one please". This was another level of interaction which my nephew seemed to enjoy.
When you first look at each page there is no sign of poo anywhere. Each page is either a pop up or another interaction aid such as pull here tabs and sliders, rotating wheels and flaps. This allows the reader to take in the words and then find the poo so that you can discover what it is like and then the child can compare the image to Mole's "hat". This was undoubtedly the best part of the reading experience for all concerned. My nephew's reaction went from "urgh" to fits of giggles and the adults were able to have a laugh too at the book and also at his reactions.
The language of the book is simple but for the younger audience it is quite lyrical. It follows a similar format throughout the book from a description of where Mole is to who he speaks and what he says to how the animal responds. This repetition would be annoying in adult book but it is lovely for your 3 year old as it means that they can anticipate the words and join in with you as you are reading it. It also means you can ask them "what do you think he said?" and you get the answer! There is also a supporting description to the imminent poo which is to be revealed. This is great as long as you can time the description with the reveal. I was hopeless (I don't think I will be getting a job on Jackanory!) but my husband and my sister were much better at it.
The book had his attention from the very first to the last word. He loved revealing and hiding the poo over and over. He loved some of the animals but his favourite page was when Mole, having found the owner of the offending poo, decided to let them know it wasn't appreciated. To us this probably wouldn't get more than a smirk but to him this was hilarious. And for the rest of the day he would sneak up next to us, turn to the page and laugh.
The only slight issue I had with with book was its size. It is quite a big book and because you had all the "pull here" tabs etc you needed to be sat so that the book was very stable. If the book wasn't stable then you ran the risk of tearing the page as you pulled one of the tabs. It was hard enough for us adults to stabilise the book on our laps (especially with an excited 3 year old jumping around) but more importantly it was difficult for him - the intended reader - to hold the book on his own and operate the tabs. Although the book is quite sturdy being a hardcover, the paper isn't that sturdy so I can see after a bit of use the tabs will tear the paper. I can't see this clouding his enjoyment of the book but if you like your books to be kept in pristine condition then I don't think this will be the one for you!
This would be an amusing story in itself but the Plop-up edition adds so much more interaction and surprise to the story and my nephew and everyone else who has to read it to him absolutely love it. Seemingly this is now one of his firm bedtime reads and his constant companion on trips to the toilet. All my sister hopes is that he doesn't take this poo comparison thing too far! So whether you are a child of this age (who needs a hand with their toilet training or not) or you are a parent, grandparent, auntie or uncle (ie big kid!) of a 3 or 4 year old I can thoroughly recommend this book to you. It certainly isn't a pile of poo!
By the way the Plop-up version has the words Plop up on the cover so you don't get it confused with the ordinary version so it does look different to the book in the picture. I did ask for a new listing for this one but didn't have any luck. Just thought I would point this out to you so you know what to look out for should you want to buy it.
This book is a charming and witty read which is suitable for toddlers and very young children alike. A word of warning however; if you are at all prudish about bodily functions, then this is not the book for you.
The mole of the story peeks out of one of his molehills only to have an unidentified animal drop an unwanted present upon his head. Being a mole, he can not see the culprit, and what follows is an investigation, where he finally finds the perpetrator. He arrives at the culprit, Basil the Butcher's dog after interrogating a number of farm animals until they prove that their poo is not the same as the one sitting on his head. Right at the end the mole exacts his revenge, climbing to the top of Basil's kennel and depositing his own poo on the top of the dog's head.
The language used throughout the story is simple, yet effective, with plenty of 'plop-splat' sounds to emphasise the fact that we are talking about one of the many natural bodily functions. In fact as my children have got older my six year old has no problem reading it to his younger sister; its great fun trying to mimick all the different animals' voices in reply to the mole's irate questioning. The input from the flies who deduce that the poo atop the mole's head belongs to a dog is especially clever. Many questions abound, with children being amazed that some animals exist to effectively clean up after others.
The illustrations are spot on; I imagine depicting a number of different animals' excrement in a way suitable for a children's book is more difficult than it sounds. Nonetheless the illustrator handles the subject matter well, even giving the horse a set of glasses.
If you can get past the excrement factor evident on every page, this book is an engaging, witty read that children will find both interesting and amusing at the same time. Be warned: have an answer at the ready for why a mole might find goat poo 'almost appealing'....
This funny, well written book will appeal to most young children, if not all!
It tells of a little mole whom pops his head up out of his mole hole...only for a poo to land on his head! The mole is so disgruntled he begins to search for the culprit. He asks many animals during his investigation, if it was them that pooed on his head, before finally enlisting the help of two poo loving flies, that pinpoint the dog as the culprit. To finish off, the mole takes his revenge and leaves a little mole poo on the dogs head.
The pictures are large, colourful and well illustrated. The words are large and simple, some of them repetitive so you can encourage your toddler to repeat them with you and eventually to read the book for themselves.
My two little girls just adore this book and dissolve into fits of giggles at all the different types of poo the little mole meets on his investigation.
The only downside is they will then go on about pooing on each others heads for the rest of the day!
This is going to sound a little hypocritical from one who so despises adults reading children's books for pleasure. But I love this book. And I don't care that it is meant to be for persons twenty years my junior. This is a very funny, very clever little book, and I'm tempted to have a baby just so that I can read this to a giggling little audience.
The Little Mole came to my attention thanks to my dearly beloved, who for some reason thought it might tickle me. And he was right: even just the title and the concept tickled me, so the next time I found myself in a bookshop with a fiver to spare I ventured into the kiddie section (which was like a journey back in time for me - I used to spend so much time in there begging my Mum to buy me all manner of books - shame the Little Mole wasn't around in the early Eighties). Eventually though I managed to locate a copy of the oversized book. I had been imagining something Mr.Men sized, but this is a landscape-A4.
Curiosity could not be contained, and I whipped it out as soon as I was on the tube and proceeded to read - complete with giggles, snorts at snuffles at the delightful story, which goes something like this:
Our little Hero - The Mole - pokes his head out one morning only to have something or someone deposit a sausage on his head. Not a bad breakfast? Well, this particular sausagey-shaped thing is actually a poo, and the mole quite indignantly goes looking for the owner (keeping the poo on his head at all times, naturally).
This leads him to meet several farmyard animals, and gives the author the opportunity to use some lovely language that I'm sure will inspire kids and have them reeling with laughter - as if it won't be funny enough for them that the book is about (whisper it) poo. Poo! I've taken the phrase 'horsey apples' to my heart and use it frequently to describe the presents left on our road by the local riding school. Kids will adore it. And not only is the language clever enough to get them (and me) interested and thinking, the pictures are great too - scribbly drawings in pencil with wonderful colours and tone. The Little Mole is a lovely visual character - his facial expressions exactly conveying his mood at having a poo on his head - and my favourite: him hiding in fear behind the cow's leg when faced with a cowpat (and pleased it wasn't the cow who had done her business on his head). Woe betide the culprit as the Little Mole dreams up his revenge, and brews a poo of his own,
If you've got small kids; buy them this. Actually, buy it for anyone with a sense of humour. My 21-year-old-little-brother thought it was hysterical, and my mum couldn't stop laughing and saying 'oh no! oh no!' Money well spent. And if you want more Mole, you can even get a gift pack with a hardback copy of the book and a little stuffed mole toy. Complete with stuffed poo toy on his head. Brilliant.
Mole pokes head out of hole. Mole has something "...a little like a sausage" fall on his head. Mole attempts to discover identity of 'sausage' (poo) deliverer... Thus we have the basis of this delightful, hilarious and most of all instructive book, primarily aimed at children but suitable for all ages. The illustrations are perfect - one can imagine the subject matter may have presented a problem for the illustrator at first. How to show animal poo in a charming yet factually correct manner? The pictures are as important as the words, here - the character of the mole is wonderfully drawn. He is indignant, outraged, curious, amazed and, finally, smug. He serves to mirror the reactions of children, who are inevitably drawn to poo, bottoms and all other things adults would rather not discuss with them! The drawings are lovely, quite spare, almost cartoony, but subtly coloured in crayons (?) or watercolour style pencils. The picture that adorns the cover - our plucky little bespectacled mole, striding forcefully across a field with the offending poo on his head. An expression of grim determination mixed with dignified outrage on his face - has me in hysterics every time I see it. The illustrations *are* wonderful, but it is the text that captivates, too: ***Extract********************************* "Did you do this on my head?" he asked the horse, who was grazing in the pasture. "Me? No, how could I? I do it like this!" And flump, plump - five big fat horsey apples plopped down within a hair's breadth of the mole. He was very impressed. ******************************************* Flump, plump! Yes, 'horsey apples' do sound like that! I have no idea why this description delighted me so much, but it did, and continues to do so. Perhaps it's because the words and illustrations seem so natural, almost effortle
ss; yet were obviously carefully thought-out. I got my boyfriend a copy of this book for Christmas, and it has proved to be a big hit. He has shown it to all his friends at work, most of whom have gone on to order their own copies, and I have now got another copy for my dad. Everyone who reads this book is chuckling away from their first glance at the cover. The ending (I wont spoil it here...) is particularly satisfying, and gives one a sense of hope and justice in the big, bad world! As I have said, this book would suit all ages. I don't have children, but friends of mine who do and purchased this book, have all commented on the refreshing attitude of a book that manages to teach children about little-discussed aspects of animals (!) in a funny, unpatronising way. Plus, as a huge bonus, the adult reading it with the child gets to have a good giggle, too :-) Can't think of an original gift for a humour-loving friend? Now you can ;-)
A mole discovers a pile of poo on his head and is certain that it doesn't belong to him. He sets out on a mission to discover who it does belong to. His investigation takes him into the world of many animals, as he wanders and compares the pile on his head to the piles that other animals leave behind them