Pinhole and the Expedition to the Jungle

written and illustrated by Nigel Holmes












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Pinhole is, as his name suggests, quite small.  The protagonist in this funny, intricate, fascinating graphic novel for children (ages 8-80), is so small, in fact, that he can begin his adventure to the jungles of India by walking across the flat surface of a map, while meditating on the huge geological forces that have thrust the Indian subcontinent into Asia, creating the Himalayas in the ensuing collision.

 Pinhole is one member of a group of explorers bound for the fantastic.  Though they have trouble knowing exactly where Pinhole is at a given moment (even in the illustrations his presence must be marked by an arrow), the explorers decide that it’s a good idea to have a really tiny person on an expedition.  If a camera needs fixing, for instance, Pinhole can simply climb into it and do the job.  As for Pinhole himself, at the very mention of the word “adventure,” he can only answer, “Say no more.”

 Nigel Holmes, the author and artist of this first delightful tale in the Pinhole series, calls it a work in the genre of “fiction science.”  In the course of this fantasy adventure, a reader learns much about the real world: that there’s a difference, for instance, between the ears of Indian and African elephants (Indian elephants have smaller ears, it turns out); that in India a rolling shake of the head indicates yes, not no; and that the islands in Bombay Harbor bear a striking resemblance to the bones of the human thumb.  The thrill of PINHOLE AND THE EXPEDITION TO THE JUNGLE is this delicious mix of factual and fanciful.

 Nigel Holmes does explanation graphics.  He was the Graphic Director of Time for 16 years. Now he has his own company, which has explained things to and for a wide variety of clients, including Apple, FedEx, Fortune, Nike, The Smithsonian Institution, Sony, United Healthcare, US Airways and Visa, and he continues to do graphics for publications such as Business 2.0,  Harper’s,  On Earth (NRDC), The New Yorker and The New York Times. For more info on Nigel, go to:



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