Monday, January 29, 2024

The Voice in the Hollow by Will Hillenbrand [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9780823436811
Hardcover $18.99 ~ US
My thoughts:  The illustrations are absolutely stunning. Beautiful. Sweeping in scope. Visual story-telling par excellence. 

Tiny Hubert, a library loving mouse, leaves the library and cuts through the "Hollow" to get home quicker because the storm is intensifying. He meets a caring stranger who traverses the dangerous Hollow with him.

I highly recommend this book for hours of perusal, reading, and new story-making-time with your little ones. Its fun, encouraging, and a bit on the scary side but with a good outcome.

About the book: A young mouse’s shortcut home turns into a fantastical journey guided by a mysterious guardian in this wintery tale with a breath-taking double gatefold surprise.

When a blizzard closes the library early, Hubert decides to take a shortcut home through the spooky Hollow. Just as Hubert is gathering his nerve to press on, another mouse appears and offers to take his hand. Together they journey through the snow, an ominous forest, over fallen trees traversing ravines, and over the mountains. Hidden in the terrain are scenes that evoke myths of the origins of Earth’s mysterious features and nature’s erratic behavior. In a stunning double gatefold sleeping bears spring to life, setting off a landslide and sending Hubert and his guardian running. Secret word: Cold

Just as Hubert is reaching his destination he turns to find his guide gone. Hubert races home to tell his family about his wild adventure through the Hollow.

In this winter tale, with a sparse text Will Hillenbrand crafts a new family favorite for settling down on snowy nights.

A copy of book + signed bookplates
Begins January 29
Ends February 29 @ 12:01 a.m. ET
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Holiday House Publishing to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's prize is provided and mailed directly to the winner by publisher or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


  1. Sweetness all around and PLOTTING THE STARS 2: SEAGARDEN

  2. Two titles that caught my eye are: I Don’t Care and Happy Again

  3. The Sun Is Late and So Is The Farmer and Sweetness all around

  4. I also like 1. Bats and 2. Bunnies, both books written by Gail Gibbons.

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  5. I'd love "The Last Plastic Straw" & "The Forest in the Sea".

  6. I like Wintergarden and Scaredy Cats.

  7. This book looks and sounds adorable. It is getting added on my list.

  8. Bunny should be sleeping and I would still love you. Also this book the voice in the hollow.

  9. So many to choose from.
    #1 - The Last Plastic Straw
    #2- The Forest in the Sea

  10. The Universe in You and THE SUN IS LATE AND SO IS THE FARMER

  11. If I win this, I will donate it to my local library.

  12. "The Universe In You" & "I Don't Care"


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