Publisher: 360 degrees

Burrows and boreholes, subways and sinkholes; fractures and caves, tunnels and mines: the sheer variety of underground expanses that could in any way be described as a "hole" are explored and excavated in this lovely and fascinating hardback from Jonathan Litton and Thomas Hegbrook.

Even the philosophical concept of a hole is considered, from Sartre to Lao Zi – as well as surprising revelations, such as the knowledge that some buildings in Hong Kong have been constructed with huge holes in them to allow the free passage of dragons.

Litton’s text is engaging and interesting for a middle to upper primary audience, and the balance of text to illustration is just right, with everything clear and easy to read. Thomas Hegbrook’s illustration is full of interest and feels modern and cool for younger readers.

Fans of Under Earth, Under Water by Aleksandra and David Mizielinski – or any budding archaeologists – will really enjoy this original take on the natural and built environment.

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