‘Let’s read Morris the Mole again, Mum!’ shouts Mr 6 at bedtime, for the third night in a row.
‘Yes! Let’s read Morris the Mole!’ I agree, equally enthusiastically.
It’s rare to find a book that both of us want to read over and over and over again.
Nicki Greenberg, author of many books including the recent Meerkat Choir (which we also love) has delivered again with this gorgeous, funny and energetic picture book.
Morris is a mole who LOVES TO DIG. He discovers treasure and incredible creatures. He’s a ‘pioneer’, a ‘trailblazer’!
In his own mind, that is…
Everyone else is getting kind of sick of Morris the Mole popping up at inopportune moments – tunnelling up into the middle of Ms Mousie’s birthday cake, the bunnies’ vegie shop and the porcupines’ board game.
But Morris is a passionate mole looking for adventure:
I follow my fancy.
I follow my snout.
He won’t be stopped by anything or anyone.
Until he meets his match – a wall he can’t dig through! This is one of my favourite bits, when Morris apparently swallows a thesaurus:
Scuttled and stuck…
Is Morris defeated?
Is Mole out of luck?
But no – he picks himself up and rises to the challenge. And breaks through to… a swimming pool!
Oops. He gets shot up high into the air in a jet of water. But instead of despairing, he is thrilled! He has discovered… FLYING!! So much better than digging anyway. A whole new passion emerges (I’m eagerly anticipating a sequel… Captain Morris the Mole?).
As entertainment, this book ticks all the boxes – great rhyme and rhythm, funny pictures (Morris is a hero who wears glasses, if you’re looking for a role model) and a very funny, surprise ending.
As education, the moral is clear – adventure and pursuing your passion is to be commended. Breaking through challenges (quite literally) can lead to problems but also exciting new discoveries and whole new passions!
Morris the Mole will be published by Allen & Unwin on 29 August 2018
Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. This post contains affiliate links.