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Winter 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Such a sweet story about a lonely mole who takes the idea of making friends quite literally! The illustrations depict Little Mole’s imaginative nature as he turns a big ball of snow into a friend, someone with whom he can wait for the bus and keep warm with a new hat. The winter landscape, while soft and comforting, is also stark, allowing us to feel the chill Little Mole feels when he thinks he’s lost his new friend. This will be the perfect book to read with loved ones while sipping hot cocoa. Yay to the power of imagination and friendship (and cheers to kind bus drivers and listening grandmas)!”
— Sara Wigglesworth, Green Apple Books & Music, San Francisco, CA
An Indie Next List Top 10 Pick!
With echoes of Raymond Briggs's classic The Snowman, here is a magical, timeless story about the friendship between a lonely little mole and a snowball he molds into a bear that comes to life.
Little Mole is new in town, and he's lonely. On his way home from school on a winter day, he rolls a snowball all the way to the bus stop. He tells it his problems and grows very attached. But when Little Mole tries to take the snowball home with him on the bus, the driver refuses and leaves without them. So Little Mole comes up with a plan: mold the snowball into a bear. Surely that will do the trick? After much effort, he finally convinces a bus driver to pick them up. The bus is warm and cozy, and Little Mole falls asleep. But we all know what happens to snowballs when they get warm. . . . Luckily, Grandma is waiting at home, and she finds a way to return her grandson's new friend to him. With a classic, timeless feel and stunning illustrations, this heartwarming story of friendship and love is full of mood, atmosphere, and poignancy.
About the Author
SANG KEUN-KIM is the author-illustrator of LITTLE MOLE'S WORRY, named the Best Picture Book of the Year in 2015 in Korea, which has been published in five languages. He is also the author of WHAT'S IN YOUR BAG? and LITTLE MOLE'S WISH, a bestseller in Korea, which will mark his US debut.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2019
“Stillness, tenderness, and hope are the essence of this quiet gem.” –Kirkus, starred review
“Little Mole’s simple faith in his new friend makes him a beguiling character, and his snow-covered world is a warm and cozy place.” –Publishers Weekly
“Little Mole’s kindness in waiting all day for the buses he’s only willing to take with his newfound friend is universally charming.” —Bulletin
“The colored pencil, pen, and pastel artwork is soft with large white expanses of snow. Little Mole should appeal to readers who like Frank Asch’s “Bear” stories—the characters share the same innocence and sense of wonder.” —School Library Journal