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Emma AdBåge Author & Illustrator

The Hole Behind the Gym/Gropen

Picture Books

The Hole Behind the Gym/Gropen

The Hole Behind the Gym is Emma AdBåge’s beloved book about a pit behind a school gymnasium. Everyone loves the pit – except the adults. They hate the Pit!

Winner of the August Prize in 2018: “Gropen (The Hole Behind the Gym) is a life-affirming tribute to the joy of free play, without concern for certified sandpits or health and safety regulations. The book uses great humour and superb imagery to show that imaginations thrive in unsupervised and untouched spaces. Using a child’s perspective throughout, children are portrayed as a ‘we-persona’, determining childhood on their own terms right in front of the adults who so fear this primal force. Never can there have been a more colourful book about the dull monotony of school life.”



Emma AdBåge

Author Illustrator

Emma AdBåge’s stories and illustrations make everyday emotions and experiences both immediately recognisable and richly interesting. Her stories and drawings are observant, succinct, humorous and perceptive. With their carefully drawn lines and gentle colours, AdBåge’s illustrations combine small details with bold characters, whose bodily postures and facial expressions give a distinct insight into what they…

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