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Illustrated by Vanessa Cabban

Mole thinks that his burrow is small and dark and dull. So he sets off to find somewhere BIG and BRIGHT and BEAUTIFUL instead. But finding the perfect home is not that simple.

"With a warm and satisfying conclusion, Jonathan Emmett has proved that he can write with clear insight and sympathy into the mind of young children and his books are filled with their sense of wonder."

INVERNESS COURIER

"A modern fable, infused with friendship and contentment ...
joy-filled, endearing and memorable."

THE ADVERTISER, BENDIGO AUSTRALIA

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UK Paperback •ISBN-10: 1406373117 • ISBN-13: 978-1406373110
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Bringing Down the Moon proved to be one of my most popular picture books and so its publishers, Walker Books, were keen for me to produce another story featuring Mole and his friends. 

However this proved difficult.  None of the plots I came up with seemed to be quite right for the characters*, so in the end I decided that I would stop worrying about it and concentrate on something else for a bit.

A while later, I came up with an idea for a story about a family of mice living in a farmyard.  The story began with the mice living comfortably in a hole in the wall of a barn. The family are not happy with their lot, so they set off on a journey around the farm in search of a new home.  But while they are able to find places that suit one or another of their requirements, there is always something else wrong with them.  And in the end they realise that the place best suited to them is their old hole.

However, before I had finished the first draft of the story, I realised that a similar plot would suit Mole's impetuous, aspirational character very well.  So I began rewriting the story around Mole and his friends.

In Bringing Down the Moon, Mole learnt that he couldn't possess the thing that he found attractive, but he could still enjoy its beauty.  In No Place Like Home Mole learns that the things he finds attractive aren't always suited to his needs.  I think that's something that many people will have experienced, whether they're choosing a new home or a new pair of shoes.

These two cover illustrations demonstrate how Vanessa was able to fill the illustrations with the dominant colors of blue or green by moving the horizon line down or up.

One of the elements that helped to shape this second Mole story was that I had Vanessa Cabban's illustrations for the first book in my head.  Having a clear idea of what the characters and setting looked like was obviously useful, but another influence was the dominant use of the colour blue throughout the first book.  I thought it would be good to give Vanessa the opportunity to give this second book a different dominant colour, so the story is set in spring time when everything is green.**

The dominance of blue in the first book is chiefly a result of the illustrations' horizon line being pushed down so that most of the page is filled with the background of the blue night sky.  In this second book, Vanessa has cleverly pulled the horizon line up on many pages so that most of the illustration is filled with the foreground of green grass (as is well demonstrated by the two beautifully composed covers opposite).

As she did in the first book, Vanessa has extended the story beyond the text with a clever use of the endpapers, imprint and title pages.  I particularly like the final endpaper that shows the cosy glow coming from Mole's hole and the way that this echoes the glow of the sunrise on the initial endpaper.

 

* One of the stories I came up with was about Squirrel's frustrated attempts to make a huge dinner for Mole and his friends.  I subsequently reworked this story with other characters and it became What Friend's Do Best.  Although the story has an identical plot, the final version was about an inventor trying to build a space rocket.

** This colour theme will be continued with the third Mole book, A Diamond in the Snow, which is set in wintertime and has white as it's dominant colour.
This book
is for
Robyn
Illustrations © 2004 Vanessa Cabban. Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd., London .
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Mole thinks his burrow is small and dark and dull. So he sets off to find somewhere BIG and BRIGHT and BEAUTIFUL instead. But finding the perfect home is not that simple. Hedgehog suggests a hollow log. It’s certainly BIG, but too drafty for mole. Squirrel takes him up a tree where there is an old bird’s nest. It’s BRIGHT enough but too dangerous. Mole’s friends try really hard to find him a new home. But as a storm approaches there is only one place that will do. This is a delightful picture book for the under fives, the illustrations are lovely and the text is a joy to read aloud.

FAMILIES ONLINE

Children will love these cozy characters, and Cabban's lush, grass-green watercolors are a perfect reflection of their world.

Kelley Rae Unger, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

A perfectly rounded story with simple dialogue for young children to share with each other.

Mike Maran, CAROUSEL

Join Mole as he searches for a new home in this charming, easy-to-read picture book ... The text and illustrations of this book create a fabulous picture book story for young readers. Readers young and old will identify with the theme of recognizing that what we like is not always what we need.

Mindy Hardwick, CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Likely to appeal to very young children, it is cheerfully reassuring, and will provide an introduction to 'home' as a topic, and to animals and life in the woodland.

Valerie Coghlan, BOOKS FOR KEEPS

Emmett builds his story with repeated phrases, ideal for reading aloud and for child participation ... Cabban's illustrations are full of sunny woodland colours and humour (the expression on the hedgehog's face as it crosses the stepping stones is wonderful), ideally complementing the text.

BOOKTRUST

BEAUTIFUL watercolour illustrations, bold, chunky text and a lovely story make ''No Place Like Home'' a picture book most pre-school children will find hard to resist ... With a warm and satisfying conclusion, Jonathan Emmett has proved that he can write with clear insight and sympathy into the mind of young children and his books are filled with their sense of wonder.

INVERNESS COURIER

Mole's little adventure is beautifully illustrated in soft warm colors which capture the beauty of Mole's world. Mole and his friends are full of loveable appeal and the simple text makes the story easily accessible for very young children.

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW

A modern fable, infused with friendship and contentment ... No Place Like Home is elegantly brought to life in light refreshing, shades, echoing an English summer's day. Through its simplicity, the story is joy-filled, endearing and memorable - making it a perfect gift idea.

THE ADVERTISER, BENDIGO AUSTRALIA

"The end of this picture book will make you sigh with happiness … This is a special picture book to share with a very young child."

MOMO CELEBRATING TIME TO READ

This comforting story, with lively, expressive illustrations by Vanessa Cabban, is ideal for reading aloud to children of 4+.
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Translator
Publisher
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china
China
小鼹鼠 找新家
卢芳
Beijing Yunaliu Classic Culture Ltd
 
9787221098214
(Part of a 4 paperback set of the first 4 Mole books)
Paperback
4 Book Set
Denmark
Dutch
Ik wil ergens anders wonen
Annelies Jorna
Van Goor
9000034035
 
Finland
Finnish
Oma koti kullan kallis
Raija Viitanen
Mäkelä
9518824495
 
France
French
une Taupe en plein Soliel
Sophie Léger
Gründ
2700050002
 
Hardcover
Frisian
Mol wol ferhúzje
Hermien van der Meer
Afûk
9062736440
 
Indonesia
German
Zu Hause ist es am schönsten
Peter Ahorner
Annette Betz
9783219115147
 
Hardcover
Greek
Το πιο όμορφο σπίτι του κόσμου
Άννα Παπασταύρου
Αίσωπος
9608240166
 
Hebrew
אין כמו בבית
אירית ארב
Kinneret
 
Germany
Irish
Mo Bhaile beag Féin
Gabriel Rosenstock
An Gum
1857915291
 
Korean
우리 집이 제일 좋아
Moonjin
8953903009
 
Slovenia
Polish
Nie ma jak w domu
Katarzyna Domanska
Egmont
8323788936
 
Slovenia
Serbian
Kod kuće je najlepše
Olja Egić
Beli Put
8685489083
 
Slovenia
Slovenian
Doma je Najlepse
Metka Bartol
Ucila
9612339120
 
Sweden
Swedish
Hemma Bäst
Ulrika Berg
Sjöstrands Förlag
9175746093