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The Hole Story

Written by Kelly Canby


One day Charlie finds a hole. A hole of his very own! He picks it up and pops it in his pocket. But it doesn’t take Charlie long to realise that a hole in your pocket is not a good thing to have ...

'One of the joys of early childhood are those moments when you discover the remarkable in the everyday. The Hole Story turns on such uncanny moments ... The text really comes to life when read aloud, and its occasionally quirky vocabulary adds to the fun.' Junior Books+Publishing

'This is a clever story, beautifully illustrated. A book for young and old to read, share and keep.' Sunday Telegraph

'Adult or preschooler, the more carefully you look at this delightful picturebook the more fun you get out of it.' Adelaide Advertiser

'Canby’s illustrations have an energetic, tactile sensibility with lots of appeal, and here she has crafted a visually rich piece of storytelling.'

'Uniquely illustrated with watercolours and cartoon-style drawings' At My Table

'The Hole Story, Kelly Canby’s latest offering, is a delight for readers young and old. A charming read-aloud picture book with soft, gentle illustrations that engage and amuse with puns and subplot, The Hole Story will have you discovering more each time you read it.' WritingWA

'I love it. I've read it a lot. It's funny.' Reuben, age 4, Alphabet Soup

'The book has colourful and exuberant artwork and clever word play...' Subiaco Post


Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book (2019)
Western Australian Premier's Prize for Writing for Children (Winner 2018)

ISBN 9781925591125 (Hardback)
Formats Picture Book (234 x 274mm) (Hardback)
Categories Award Winning
Children's Picture Books
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2018
Pages 32
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    Kelly Canby

    Kelly Canby is an internationally published illustrator and author. Kelly was born in London, but has lived in Australia since the age of three, which is probably around the same age she started playing with pencils and crayons, and it was probably only a few years after that that she decided playing with pencils and crayons was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Read more