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Work, Work, Work -- a children's book by Daniel Quinn

About the book

Story summary

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Work, Work, Work - Story Summary

Work, Work, Work - Story Summary

Work, Work, Work is the story of an industrious mole whose life-work is to burrow from dawn to dusk across an enchanted land that he never sees. While he grumbles about his unceasing labors, the morning sky is spray-painted from a dirigible (and the sun gets a drop of blue in its eye), two UFOs from different planets meet for a strange exchange, an enormous octopus-like creature (who has just come from laying waste to Las Vegas) is subdued by a barrage of hats, hotdogs, and toasters, and, at the close of day, a window opens at the horizon so that a purple giant can hang the moon in the sky. Surfacing in the twilight, the mole sighs, "Well, at least something happened. I ran into a rock!"

Parents will find that Work, Work, Work, with its colorful and detailed illustrations by Daniel, is something different from the usual. It's a book that brings readers and read-to together in a highly interactive entertainment, as kids discover and explain all the strange goings-on that take place while the mole snuffles along in oblivion underground. As Daniel Fleischer, the seven-year-old to whom the book is dedicated, said during a walk in the woods with his father, "If we looked at the ground the whole time we'd be just like the mole in Work, Work, Work who missed all the amazing things in the sky."

When you click on Panel Three, you'll get a selection of eight pages from the book (pages 15-22).

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