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The Water Hole by Graeme Base - Young Children's Picture Book Review.

Updated on January 10, 2011

Interview with the author of The Water Hole, Graeme Base

The Water Hole, by Graeme Base - one of the world’s favorite creators and illustrators of picture books - is a visually stimulating children’s book that takes old and young readers alike on a fascinating journey from the jungles of the Amazon to the deserts of outback Australia and in between.

More than just a counting book; this stunningly visual children’s book is a fusion of art, storytelling, and hidden imagery all wrapped in one.

Though the story centers around a steadily vanishing water hole, it is the amazing creatures that come to drink at this dwindling water source that provide the reader and young listener with a tour of sorts into the animal kingdom.

There is more than meets the eye in this children’s picture book however.

A closer inspection reveals several famous landmarks in the backdrops as well as a menagerie of unique and fascinating animals indigenous to the area, silhouetted neatly in the borders of select pages.

Look closely and you’ll find that these same animals are ingeniously hidden within the landscape of each corresponding page. Thereby, providing all readers and browsers with a fun and exciting hide and seek adventure that will keep them busy for quite some time.

In addition to the beautiful illustrations that provide stimulation for the young readers eyes, minds and imaginations, an important message of how the nature cycle affects the life cycle of animals is intricately woven amongst the pages of this stunning picture book.

Each page contains colorful illustrations of beautiful creatures from all over the globe that starts with a lone rhino (in addition to a couple of bright and friendly frogs) and steadily increases to ten kangaroos. Unfortunately, in direct correlation to the disappearing water hole; the animals disappear as well.

In happy ending fashion however, the situation changes for the better as a single drop of rain restores the water hole; bringing back all the animals that rely on it for nourishment and refreshment.

The conclusion is visually breathtaking!

Words cannot truly describe the appeal of this fascinating children’s picture book. Never have I seen such a colorful and vibrant display of the joys and wonders the animal world has to offer mankind.

Donning illustrations “made with watercolors, pencil and gouache on hot-press illustration board” - according to the author - the vivid drawings alone make this children’s picture book stand apart from all others.

In my humble opinion, whether young or old; The Water Hole, is well worth the read or look through.

You will not be disappointed.

Other Books by Graeme Base

Ten Fast Facts about Graeme Base, the author of The Water Hole:

  1. Graeme Base was born in England in 1958, but has been living in Melbourne, Australia since 1966.

  2. Graeme Base currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife (who is an artist herself) and three children.

  3. Graeme Base always wanted to be an artist and studied at Swinburne College of Technology, where he obtained his Diploma for Design in three years.

  4. His first book was published at the age of 25.

  5. When asked where he gets his ideas from; travel was his top inspriation among the ones listed.

  6. The book, The Water Hole, “was inspired by a four-week sight-seeing safari thourhg Kenya dn Tanzania.” - source: The Water Hole.

  7. Graeme Base has aquered over 20 awards for his written works.

  8. The book, The Water Hole, has won Graeme Base at least 12 awards.

  9. Graeme Base once worked in advertising but decided that was not the right career choice for him. To quote him, "I hated it. They hated me."

  10. Several of Graeme Base’s written works have been translated in several languages; Hebrew, Danish, and Mandarin being among the few.

Other Written Works of Graeme Base:

  1. Uno’s Garden ( a must read with a vital message about the delicate balancing act needed between nature, animals and people to help the world survive and thrive).
  2. Jungle Drums ( Swahili translation of the jungle animals are provided in the back of this children's picture book)
  3. The Sign of the Seahorse
  4. Animalia
  5. The Worst Band in the Universe
  6. Enigma
  7. My Grandma lived in Gooligulch…..and more

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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much for stopping by everyone:

      Hello, hello....thanks for stopping by. I've been very busy with homeschooling and haven't had the time to write as much but it's good to come back now and then.

      Esatchel...I agree, Graeme Base has the most awesome illustrations.

      BkCreative...Awww, thank you for your vote of confidence.

      Glemoh101 - thank you for the vote, the rating, sharing and bookmarking. I appreciate it. I will have to stop by and check your hubs out as well.

      The ListLady - thanks for stopping by. I know you are one busy lady. I appreciate your feedback.

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      7 years ago from New York City

      I love your book reviews - what a great idea - and so helpful. I respect your opinion.

      Rated up for another great review!

    • Glemoh101 profile image


      7 years ago

      thanks for your amazing hub , I voted your hub up , I rated your hub, share your hub at facebook and bookmark it at delicious Stop at my hub and do same.

    • BkCreative profile image


      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Ooooh, what is so great about your reviews is that my children are grown so I no longer read all the children's books to make sure they are good enough for my children. However, I do have grandchildren - and I have always sent books to them. I value your opinion - so I can always send your recommendations.

      Thanks a million and rated up of course! Yay!

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      7 years ago from Kentucky

      Very nice review of this book. He does beautiful illustrations, doesn't he, and his books are always thoughtfully done. Thanks, Ann

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      That does sound a great and your great tribute and description brings it into vocus. Thank you, Veronica, and it is nice to read the hubs form you again. Hope everything is alright with you.


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