Topo bajo la tierra

De Tereza Sediva

Selected in The White Ravens 2022 roster

Topo lives in his black and white hole, from which he does not dare to leave. Mole digs and digs, dreaming of finding something colorful at the end of one of his tunnels, but day after day, he is disappointed. One day, as he continues to search, he comes across Lamparilla, a pink radish peeking out of the top of his tunnel like a chandelier. Delighted to learn that the world isn't just black and white, he begins to talk to Lamparilla about the world above. He Learns that the world is full of colors! As Topo listens to Lamparilla describe life on the surface, he envisions bright clothes, red roofs, vibrant green trees, pastel flowers, and the blush of the sun as he sinks into the sky.

One day Topo discovers that Lamparilla has left. He decides to climb up and out of his hole where he finds a world more colorful than she ever dreamed.

Packed with vivid colors and eye-catching illustrations, mole under the ground tells a charming story about what awaits us when we search for light in the dark.


Recommended for 4 to 8 years
Binding: Hardcover
Size: 29 x 18,4cm
Pages: 32
Vintage: 2021
ISBN: 978-956-364-240-7


Tereza Sediva is a Czech illustrator, lives in Brno (Czech Republic). She has an MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. Tereza runs educational workshops and the Papelote studio, and is the co-founder, along with Mamoko Kudo, of "Moles in Holes", where they produce illustrated stationery, toys and home accessories. mole under the ground, originally published under the name of Mole in a Black and White Hole (Thames & Hudson) is his first book.


For years, the story of a shy, introverted mole who dared not come out of his dark, dank hole had been tucked away in Tereza Sediva's desk drawer, until British publisher Thames & Hudson finally discovered it. Opening horizontally, this quirky picture book divides the world into two separate places: the subterranean lair of the little mammal on the bottom pages is rendered primarily in black and white, while the above-ground universe on the top pages shines with radiant brilliance and dazzling colors and shapes. Mole's only friend, a "bright pink nightlight" (read: radish) tries to persuade him of the beauty of the world, but it's only when the pink nightlight disappears and the warm rays of the sun shine through the hole that Mole summons all his courage. The Czech illustrator's playful linocut illustrations, with overlapping layers, present this fable about curiosity, courage, and the importance of color in life to readers of all ages.

Jury The White Ravens, Internationale Jugendbibliothek