39. What a Treasure! (Holiday House, 2006)
Jane Hillenbrand & Will Hillenbrand
Mole digs with his new shovel, finding useful things for the other animals and a new friend for himself.
“This simply told story has what it takes to entertain the youngest story-time audience: eye-catching illustrations; a straightforward, good-natured narrative with some well-placed repetition; lots of digging; and a gratifying ending- plus the bonus of an older sibling (gently) proven wrong.”
The Horn Book
“[The] mixed-media artwork exudes a lighthearted tone via boldly outlined shapes and sweetly anthropomorphized characters. The varying textures and hues in [Hillenbrand’s] palette add depth and suffuse the proceedings with a happy glow.”