The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business

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The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business (German, "Vom kleinen Maulwurf, der wissen wollte, wer ihm auf den Kopf gemacht hat", literally "About the little mole, that wanted to know, who 'did' [poo-poo] on his head") is a children's book by German children's authors Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch. The book was first published by Peter Hammer Verlag in 1989; it was soon translated and became an international success.


A mole who is just getting out of his hole gets pooped on his head by an unidentified animal; he is certain that it doesn't belong to him and sets out on a mission to discover whom it does belong to. The animals he runs into all poop to show what theirs looks like, and finally the mole receives some assistance from some flies who help him identify whodunit: Jean-Roger (Basil in the English translation) the butcher's dog. The mole exacts his revenge by pooping on the dog's head, and returns to his hole happily.


The book established the reputation of Erlbruch as an illustrator in the Netherlands,[1] where it was deemed a "classic" in 2012 (and adapted for the stage).[2]


  1. ^ Lenteren, Pjotr van (18 January 2008). "Een dode eend, een verlepte tulp en een extravagante hoed voor de koningin". de Volkskrant. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Embrechts, Annette (7 February 2012). "Het stront-op-je-kop-probleem mooi opgelost". de Volkskrant. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 

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