The Story of the Little Mole


A detective story in which the Little Mole tracks down the culprit of the crime, namely pooing on the Little Mole’s head, this was one of my son’s favourite books when he was little. Although the ‘p-word’ is never mentioned, one morning as Mole comes out of his hole, someone does their business and it lands on Mole’s head. He then goes from animal to animal with each one showing him how their deposit is different from the one on his head! Finally, Mole identifies who is responsible and gets his revenge.


The illustrations are all at Mole’s level with taller creatures leaning into the picture and Mole’s expressions are just wonderful- from indignant to impressed to curious to determined. It is great fun to read aloud with different voices for each character!


I can’t believe that it is 30 years since this book was published! These days books about bodily functions are quite common, but I’m sure this was one of a kind when I was sharing it with my boy about 18 years ago!

The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it was None of his Business

Werner Holzwarth, illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch

Pavilion ISBN: 978-1856021012