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Torben Kuhlmann ¶ 5 Read & DownloadRy 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 lovely little book Moletown in my hands I am transported back in time to the moment I first encountered The Lorax by Dr Seuss A child of the 80s my youth was a time when scaring kids straight was an accepted educational techniue tilized in everything from environmental protection to saying no to #drugs The film version of The Lorax bore this out and gave me some nice little bite sized psychological scars for #The film version of The Lorax bore this out and gave me some nice little bite sized psychological scars for to come These days we don t Smitten usually go in for the whole learning 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 lose sight of the bigger picturentil that final
moment when everything becomes horribly clear The story of Moletown began many years ago A single solitary molewhen everything becomes horribly clear The story of Moletown began many years ago A single solitary mole beneath a meadow to live Not long thereafter he s joined by other moles And over time life nderground changed Before our eyes we see it We see the vast construction projects taking place to make Moletown a livable 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 last 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 pon the American picture book scene with the highly detailed Lindbergh a story of a mouse with a yen for flight A little bit The Arrival a little bit An American Tale and a little bit steampunk via Beatrix Potter it was his hyper realistic animals placed in extraordinary circumstances that stayed with young readers In Moletown that level 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 look like moles every inch of them Yet Kuhlmann has simplified his hyper realistic renderings of animals and traded that attention in for set designs and landscapes Here he plays with perspective plunging s 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 shaped like 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 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 arriving looking very much like the European immigrants of the late 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 Europea. Where a mole suddenly recognizes the precarious balance between progress and preservation But is it too lateKulhmann's open ended text encourages thoug. This would not be the first nor the tenth book I would se 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 look at the inside back cover page you will miss the tiny oversimplified glimmer of hope Another stunningly illustrated #this time wordless picture book from rising star and 2015 Golden Island prize winner of Nami Concours Torben Kuhlmann His #time wordless picture book from rising star and 2015 Golden Island prize winner of Nami Concours Torben Kuhlmann His and visual storytelling sense in this and his 2014 Lindberg are a pleasure to experience I would like 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 lot 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 little 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 lives 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 and 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 loved the illustrations just wow loved the message and the most of all loved how parents would have to interact and message and the most of all loved how parents would have to interact and the book to their child which means that perhaps parents could get the message as well Full review Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley I never really thought about moles much ntil I read William Horwood s Book of Silence Trilogy and his Duncton Chronicles the actual reading order should be Chronicles and then Silence I liked 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 looked 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 like most animal tales are on some level Perhaps it is too heavy handed I say perhaps because I found it a little heavy handed but this is a picture book with little text If I was a child I m not sure I would have the same reaction It s a simple story and a timely one about when is too much progress too much It is mostly pictures with opening and closing lines being the primary
Written Words There Are Front And Backwords There are front and back done like newspapers pointing to the past and future of Moletown More importantly the newspaper type illustrations at the end of the book make p for the abrupt ending of the painted story The charm in the book is the illustrations Kuhlmann s illustrations are stunning and even when seen on a computer screen incredibly detailed There is great Lay My Burden Down use light as well as flashes of humor in how the moles are depicted It is the type of illustrated book that will be treasured not so much for the story but the beautiful rendering of that sto. Torben Kulhmann's stunningly illustrated nearly wordless tale offers a fascinating window into an imaginary yet hauntingly familiar worldnder our feet.
N 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 ll see a mole smoking This is by no means the focus of the book and you would have to look #somewhat hard to find such moments but I have American #hard to find moments but I have seen American go ballistic over far lesser crimes in picture book illustration so I ve no doubt the occasional library 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 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 generations later the moles green meadow had completely disappeared Almost Turn the page and rather than provide a verbal explanation the book gives Vérité (Love at Center Court, 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 summingp the steps taken to correct the past Yet interesting to me by far was how the book 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 p to the reader to realize that something has gone very wrong How many will actually make that leap will be interesting to see Finding books to compare this one to can be difficult The overall feeling I got was 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 no less 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 like our own The best way to describe the story is to
that it s a combination of the two with 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 Htful exploration into possible solutions and his delightful endpapers depict a montage of solutions that could very well save the moles' world and ours.Say That It S A Combination Of The Two With