Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Digger Dog

Cover image for Digger Dog
Digger Dog
Written by William Bee
Illustrated by Cecilia Johansson
Noisy Crow, 2014. unpaged picture book

All dogs love to dig for bones, but some bones are harder to get to than others. The persistent dog in this book first tries a shovel, then small machinery, and finally a full sized backhoe, but still the bone is too deep.  Will Digger Dog give up?  No way! This is a great read aloud for preschoolers who love tractors and/or dogs.  The text has predictable repetition so children can anticipate the next page, and is printed in a lively, child friendly font. Johansson uses a combination of humorous cartoon drawings and colorful geometric patterning to visually tell the story. Little extras, like the side-kick mouse and snail add extra fun.  This is a very well put-together picture book with lots of kid appeal.

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