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Dig In!
     

Dig In!

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by April Jones Prince, Michelle Berg (Illustrator)
 

It’s a busy day on the construction site, and these industrious mice are up to something big! But what are they working on? Bold, colorful illustrations and recognizable vehicles with moving parts add to the fun, with hidden clues for the careful observer. Is that red paint . . . or red sauce? Is that a construction pit . . . or a drain?

Overview

It’s a busy day on the construction site, and these industrious mice are up to something big! But what are they working on? Bold, colorful illustrations and recognizable vehicles with moving parts add to the fun, with hidden clues for the careful observer. Is that red paint . . . or red sauce? Is that a construction pit . . . or a drain? Children will delight in guessing their way to the end, when the final spread reveals a carefully constructed surprise. It’s favorite vehicles meet lunchtime and bathtime in these novelty board books with interactive mechanisms.

Praise for Dig In
"Young readers will enjoy sinking their teeth into..."
Kirkus Reviews

"As the pages turn, readers will undoubtedly grow curious about the round, flat, red object the mice are assembling—and they'll get a kick out of the answer."
Publishers Weekly

 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A construction crew of mice gets the job done, and some interactive elements allow readers to help out. "Put on those construction hats./ Roll that mountain nice and flat," writes Pierce as a turn-wheel lets children spin the giant front tire of one mouse's vehicle (on the next page, the same wheel is used to spin "goop galore" in the mixer). As the pages turn, readers will undoubtedly grow curious about the round, flat, red object the mice are assembling—and they'll get a kick out of the answer (complete with pepperoni). Simultaneously available: Dive In! Ages 1–4. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Mice, with construction-worker garb and gear, build and enjoy a full-size pizza. Fluid and often clever verse narrates the action: "Crew arrives at break of day. Get to work, right away! / Put on those construction hats. Roll that mountain nice and flat." (The mountain here is a mound of pizza dough.) Each double-page spread, except for the first, features movable parts, allowing readers to manipulate the machinery. A spin dial turns the roller of the steamroller or the barrel of a cement mixer (from which issues tomato sauce). Each sliding panel has a hole or indentation for little fingers' ease of use and moves a loader, makes the 'dozer spread cheese, tows the pizza from the oven and removes a slice from the pie. The interactive components, while relatively easy to manipulate, are constructed of thinner-than-normal board-book page stock and may not hold up under really enthusiastic reading. In gray, orange and yellow hues and drawn in her flat, graphic cartoon-style, Berg's friendly mice and clear depictions of vehicles are pleasing and recognizable. Little ones may not totally get the mashup of construction and pizza making, but there are enough details here to hold the interest of most truck lovers. The less successful sister title, Dive In!, follows a similar format, but here the mouse workers fill a bathtub and launch toy boats. Unfortunately, the interactive features are less satisfying and more baffling (will toddlers understand what a bath thermometer is?). Stick with Dig In!, which young readers will enjoy sinking their teeth into. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419705229
Publisher:
Abrams Appleseed
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Pages:
14
Sales rank:
619,811
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

Meet the Author

April Jones Prince is the author of several children’s books, including What Do Wheels Do All Day? from Houghton Mifflin. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons. Michelle Berg has illustrated numerous novelty, picture, and board books. She lives in Kansas with her dogs, Gretta and Rowland.

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Dig In! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
OPugsly More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book! My 20 month old simply loves it! She loves the movable parts, and moves them over and over and over again! It really seems like it will handle the toll a toddler can take on a book with movable parts! Rather than flimsy cardboard arrows to pull, the parts are embedded in the book and seem to be rather strong! My toddler requests this book and its sister book, Dive In, over and over again! The characters are fun, lovable mice. It is a great book for kids who love construction equipment and kids who want to learn about the equipment. We love the rhythm in the words and LOVE the twist at the end of the story. Those mouse are working on something important - something scrumptious! Have fun with the mice!