The Voice in the Hollow [hc]
By Will Hillenbrand [Ohio]
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 figure 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.
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. 40 pages
"The story is Hillenbrand at his best- a slow-building ghost story cleverly disguised as a winter book, menace defused masterfully under layers of snow. Hillenbrand’s snowy landscapes are sumptuous, at times cozy, at times ominous. The surprise of the stranger will shock many first-time readers, making for a memorable tale that will enchant little ones and storytellers alike." -Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review (Ages 5-8)
October 2, 2023
Can be signed and personalized by the illustrator