Finely detailed illustrations deliver a relevant message about the effects of rapid industrialization and the way such change shapes the natural and social environment. Plus moles! The sparseness of the story lightens up this picture book’s moral heft, making it a subtle and accessible read. — Aubrey Restifo
Torben Kulhmann's stunningly illustrated, nearly wordless tale offers a fascinating window into an imaginary, yet hauntingly familiar world under our feet, where a mole suddenly recognizes the precarious balance between progress and preservation. Kulhmann's open ended text encourages thoughtful exploration into possible solutions, and his delightful endpapers depict a montage of solutions that could very well save the moles' world and ours.
About the Author
Torben Kuhlmannwas born in Germany in 1982. Highly creative as a young child, Torben was recognized as early as kindergarten for being a gifted draftsman. He was captivated by small airplanes, strange machines, and steaming trains; these elements made their way into his drawings. He studied illustration and design at the Hamburg University for Applied Sciences. His preferred media are pen and watercolor. He also works with acrylics, oil paints, and digital programs. He works as a freelance illustrator in Hamburg. His books Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse, Moletown, andArmstrong—The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon quickly became best sellers and owe their inventiveness to Torben’s great enthusiasm for unusual mechanical inventions. Edison —The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure is his fourth picture book for NorthSouth Books.
[Younger readers]...will be transfixed by the gracefully drafted and soberly colored paintings of the moles, their intricately engineered machines, and their exhausted, poorly-lit world. — Publishers Weekly
Kuhlmann’s detailed art will pull in readers who like to see how things fit together... — Kirkus Reviews
Explicit in its message. Subtle in its presentation. In short, a beaut. — Elizabeth Bird