Who doesn’t love digging holes? Looking for buried treasure, digging massive holes just for the fun of it at the beach, trying to dig to the other side of the world. What you might be surprised to hear is that there’s a lot more to holes than simply a bit of human digging. The author of Holes, Jonathan Litton, has quite an obsession with holes and he has decided to share his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge with everyone.
Litton starts off by explaining what a hole is and then delves into all manner of holes. The various holes are explored over five sections: Natural Holes; Manmade Holes; Animal and Plant Holes; Philosophy of Holes; Ordinary and Extraordinary Holes. There are craters, sink holes, wells, crevasses, black holes, white holes, worm holes, hot springs, mines, tunnels, dungeons, passageways, burrows, blowholes, air holes and a whole lot more. If you hadn’t realised that you were surrounded by so many holes, you’ll be noticing them everywhere by the end of the book. And just when you think you know everything about holes, Litton adds in a bit of philosophy to make you question everything you have just learned. Like the best non-fiction books, questions get answered, you learn lots and you’re left with more questions that need answering.
The different holes are largely presented over double page spreads. A short paragraph introduces the type of hole and a whole host of examples, facts and beautiful illustrations fill the page. Facts are informative, eye-opening and some are very, very cool. Litton does a superb job of explaining the various holes and really does make a potentially mundane subject interesting and thoroughly entertaining. My favourite holes were the Hang San Doong cave in Viet Nam, the fiery hole in Turkmenistan, the secret pope escape tunnel and the horned lizard that shoots blood from its eyes to deter predators. As I said earlier, a wide range of holes are covered!
A rather niche subject matter is made wholly entertaining in an insightful and information packed non-fiction book that encompasses everything holey. Within its pages it contains everything you thought you never needed to know about holes and it all makes for a really enjoyable book to explore and to get lost in.
Recommended for 9+.