S detail and visual storytelling sense in this and his 2014 Lindberg are a pleasure to experience A surrealist picture book almost without words about the foundation and development of Lindberg are a pleasure to experience A surrealist picture book almost without words about the foundation and development of mole city it s a bit ike John Marsden s The Rabbits and a bit ike JG Ballard s Billennium but has a style all its own There is a beautiful animated trailer version hereA remarkably apposite passage from Pynchon s Against the Day which I came across a couple of days She Weeps Each Time You're Born laterIn the center of town some huge underground construction venture was in progress citizens stood on overpasses and catwalks gazing down on concrete pits full of steam machinery draft animals and debris When asked its purpose they frowned puzzled as if they had not uite heard the visitors Home some said it s home Where is home where you come from Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley I never really thought about moles much until I read William Horwood s Book of Silence Trilogy and his Duncton Chronicles the actual reading order should be Chronicles and then Silence Iiked Wind in the Willows but I was a Ratty person if you know what I mean But after journeying with Horwood s Privet Mayweed Rooster and others I ve never ooked at mole the same way Which is why when I saw this book as a read now option on Netgalley I downloaded it Kuhlmann s mole is a fable ike most animal tales are on some Seven Days, Seven Dinners level Per Nearly wordless the mole society in this book makes tons of progress but at what costThis is going to be a fantastic book to read along with The Lorax or The Little House The illustrations are so rich I think I dike multiple copies so kids can pore over the details This would not be the first nor the tenth book I would use to have a conversation with a child about the environment and the impact humans are having on it I wouldn t avoid it altogether but its message is so suddenly bleak and if you don t A Northern Light look at the inside back cover page you will miss the tiny oversimplified glimmer of hope Moletown manages to make its case by employing very few words the industrialization of Moletown has had a devastating impact on the environment and the moles seem stuck in a cycle of working and watching tv Hmmmm Torben Kuhlmann is a brilliant illustrator but I found this book to be very darkiterally and depressing My kids really didn t care for this though they If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas loved Lindbergh The Tale of a Flying Mouse and Armstrong The Adventerous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon I would highly recommend both for the creativity and universal appeal This one with its important message failed to capture the audience at my house 25 stars I wouldike to thank Netgalley NorthSouth Books and the author Torben Kuhlmann for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinionIt is hard to rate this book as it has almost no text but the pictures are amazing and the idea is something a ot of people are trying to shout out to the world it is of course about progress moles make and its impact on environmentThis is a ittle children s book which has pictures than actual text and I think is a perfect way for parents to interact with their children explain what is happening in the book and compare it to their ives It is an retelling of something we ve all seen and see still everyday it shows the steps that are taken to make humans *In This Case Moles Comfortable *this case moles comfortable happy at the same time sacrificing the environmentIt somewhat made me think of Animal Farm that is about politics and human nature which is important now as well but it never talks about the big environmental issue which now is a huge problem I oved the illustrations just wow oved the message and the most of all oved how parents would have to interact and explain the book to their child which means that perhaps parents could get the message as well Full review The rise of a mole metropolis underground takes an environmental toll A stunningly illustrated cautionary tale. Htful exploration into possible solutions and his delightful endpapers depict a montage of solutions that could very well save the moles' world and ours.
DOWNLOAD MaulwurfstadtEr crimes in picture book illustration so I ve no doubt the occasional ibrary patron will become incensed over what they believe to be the promotion of cigarettes Other hints that the book is German Well I could be wrong but this may well be the only picture book you The Slave Dancer ll find on the market today containing a two page spread dedicated to accountancy One interesting thing about the book is the fact that the ending that we so deeply desire is embedded not in the book itself but in its endpapers The final text in the book reads Many generationsater the moles green meadow had completely disappeared Almost Turn the page and rather than provide a verbal explanation the book gives us a glimpse of a series of photographs alongside an article from The Moletown Times which reads Agreement on Green The pictures show steps taken to preserve the environment and restore the meadow I didn t mind this method of summing up the steps taken to correct the past Yet interesting to me by far was how the book Special Agent lets the reader reach their own slow realization that the seemingly inevitable trudge of technological advances and population increases are in fact detrimental That picture at the beginning of the book of the immigrants arriving in Moletown to an American reader strikes you as a symbol of freedom from oppression and hardship And because Kuhlmann keeps the book almost entirely wordless from start to finish the glimpses of the meadow in its downward slide towards decay are shown without commentary It s up to the reader to realize that something has gone very wrong How many will actually make thateap will be interesting to see Finding books to compare this one to can be difficult The overall feeling I got was Sleep with the Fishes like the one in The Rabbits by John Marsden But where that was a story of a culture being systematically destroyed this has a sweeter if noess destructive feel The Lorax hits the same environmental notes but Moletown is the subtler of the two since it makes the reader implicit in the enjoyment one derives from Moletown s culture and from the fact that it s a world that feels very much ike our own The best way to describe the story is to say that it s a combination of the two with a hopeful endnote all its own Like all imports it runs its greatest risk in becomes a forgotten piece since it can t win many of our American children s book awards That said I have faith that teachers parents and students will find in it a new approach to tackling the tricky subject of mass consumption vs environmental action Explicit in its message Subtle in its presentation In short a beautFor ages 4 6 The fabulously talented Torben Kuhlmann the German authorillustrator who made his debut with Lindbergh The
Tale of a Flying Mouse returns with this second picture book an almost wordless historyof a Flying Mouse returns with this second picture book an almost wordless history the development of Moletown Founded when one mole moves in underneath a green meadow the settlement soon grows becoming ever complex and developed The surface soon shows the result of this underground urban sprawl with only a tiny patch of green grass eftOriginally published in German as Maulwurfstadt this gorgeously illustrated cautionary tale doesn t really cover any new ground *when it comes to its ecological message about the dangers of overdevelopment Dr Seuss s The Lorax and Bill Peet *it comes to its ecological message about the dangers of overdevelopment Dr Seuss s The Lorax and Bill Peet The Wump World have been around for many decades and impart the same message What makes Moletown stand out is Kuhlmann s beautiful artwork and the fact that his overdeveloping society is made up of moles There isn t much text here only a few pages have any words at all but the illustrations are than capable of carrying the story Recommended to fans of Kuhlmann s artwork in whose number I now count myself and to young readers who enjoy animal fiction Another stunningly illustrated this time wordless picture book from rising star and 2015 Golden Island prize winner of Nami Concours Torben Kuhlmann Hi. Where a mole suddenly recognizes the precarious balance between progress and preservation But is it too ateKulhmann's open ended text encourages thoug. Cautionary tales for kids who can t do a darn thing about the original problem It s sort of a subgenre of its very own As I hold this A World on Fire lovelyittle book Moletown in my hands *I am transported back in time to the moment I first encountered The Lorax by Dr Seuss *am transported back in time to the moment I first encountered The Lorax by Dr Seuss child of the 80s my youth was a time when scaring kids straight was an accepted educational techniue utilized in everything from environmental protection to saying no to drugs The film version of The Lorax bore this out and gave me some nice Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life little bite sized psychological scars for years to come These days we don t usually go in for the wholeearning through fear techniue Even picture books that sport a message are prone to be mildly sad than anything else What makes Moletown so very interesting then is its inclination to tap into popular tropes in our own history then turn them ever so gently on their heads The end result is a book where you might easily ose sight of the bigger picture until that final moment when everything becomes horribly clear The story of Moletown began many years ago A single solitary mole moves beneath a meadow to ive Not 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate long thereafter he s joined by other moles And over timeife underground changed Before our eyes we see it We see the vast construction projects taking place to make Moletown a ivable community We see the population explosion the increased technological advances and different transportation models Life becomes busier for the moles while outside in the meadow nature is taking a severe hit The green is close to disappearing altogether but turn to the ast pages in the book and there we see evidence not just of change but of the moles as a whole taking on the responsibility of their newly green again meadowlands Kuhlmann initially burst upon the American picture book scene with the highly detailed Lindbergh a story of a mouse with a yen for flight A The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece little bit The Arrival aittle bit An American Tale and a The New Job Security little bit steampunk via Beatrix Potter it was his hyper realistic animals placed in extraordinary circumstances that stayed with young readers In Moletown thatevel of detail and attention is there but the moles have a far cartoonish feel to them This is not to say that they don t The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) lookike moles every inch of them Yet Kuhlmann has simplified his hyper realistic renderings of animals and traded that attention in for set designs and The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis landscapes Here he plays with perspective plunging us down into the heart of the moles mining operation the scaffolding twisting around and around down and down Sharp eyed spotters will note other spreads where the stop signs are shapedike mole claws and the trains go vertically as well as horizontally The details are there to an elegant degree but the feel is different from Lindbergh certainly as is the The Jumbee length of the piece One of the most amazing aspects of the book is the sense of time passing In the early days of Moletown you see the immigrants arrivingooking very much To Helvetica and Back like the European immigrants of theate 19th century As time passes you see moles in Wright Brothers era caps trench coats and fedoras of the 40s a possible homage to the MTV image of the 80s complete with Nintendo video game remotes and finally the iPods and wind farms of the current age Many European artists find it difficult to break into the American market due to the fact that their art contains a distinctly foreign feel Kuhlmann s advantage here is that while it is easy enough to believe that the images in this story originated in Germany there is nothing distinctly other about the book at first It s only with multiple readings that you begin to notice the elements that probably could not have begun here in the States For example in than one instance you Simple Art of Greatness ll see a mole smoking This is by no means the focus of the book and you would have toook somewhat hard to find such moments but I have seen American parents go ballistic over far Where the Heart Waits less. Torben Kulhmann's stunningly illustrated nearly wordless tale offers a fascinating window into an imaginary yet hauntingly familiar world under our feet.