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The Whole Hole Story

Written by Vivian McInerny & illustrated by Ken Lamug
Published by Versify
4.92 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 3.7 / 5.0
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Jan 12, 2021
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“An endless amount of fun and imagination, all stemming from a girl with a hole in her pocket.”

Imagination is the name of the game in this playful story about a girl named Zia who has a hole in her pocket. The hole gets bigger and bigger with the use of her visionary skills, until she falls right through! Zia’s thoughts are entertainingly employed to guide her journey—she isn’t afraid of falling through the giant hole because “this was only an imaginary hole, so it could only be as scary as she allowed.” As she explores what she can do with a hole, Zia turns the hole into a variety of different things, from a fishing hole to a drain at the bottom of a watering hole. There’s no shortage of adventure as Zia uses the hole to travel to India and later to create an ice skating rink. Eventually she climbs a tree and notices the hole looks a whole lot smaller from that height, “so small, in fact . . . Zia thought she could fit the whole thing in her pocket.” While devoting two pages to trapping Zia underneath the hole felt a bit lowbrow compared to the rest of the book’s ingenuity, McInerny skillfully packs her author debut full of wonder and creativity, circling back to the initial hole in Zia’s pocket for a polished conclusion. Lamug’s illustrations playfully portray the whimsical nature of the story with a fun use of color and detail that fit superbly with the story’s wonderful sense of possibility.

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Publisher Summary

In Vivian McInerny's playful debut, readers will fall in love with wonder again as Zia imagines what might happen if the hole in her pocket became big enough to fall right through. The Whole Hole Story is perfect for readers looking for a fresh take on the classic Harold and the Purple Crayon.

What Kind of Book is The Whole Hole Story

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The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
5.0 / 7.0

Loved the creativity of Zia’s adventures and the designs of the animals she encounters.

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.25 / 7.0

I love the word play and fantastic imagination contained in this roundabout story. Less of a story and more of a tagging along to Vivian’s imaginative play, this is an entertaining and cute read allowing for some chuckles from puns and enjoyment of the random ideas.

The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.5 / 7.0

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Who Wrote The Whole Hole Story

Who Illustrated The Whole Hole Story

Ken Lamug

Ken Lamug made comics and books from scraps of used copy paper as a boy. He returned to his creative roots as an adult and has been having loads of fun making books and comics for all ages. He lives in Nevada.

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What Has Vivian McInerny Said About This Book

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What Has Ken Lamug Said About This Book

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Vivian McInerny's Book Dedication

To tellers of stories, which is not the same as fibbers. But close.

Ken Lamug's Book Dedication

To Keichi, Nikko, and Ian. Dream big, imagine endlessly, and create with conviction.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
January 12, 2021
Text Details:
The text was set in Brandon Grotesque.
Illustration Details:
The art for this book was created with imagination, pencil, paper, and some computer magic.
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