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Digger and Tom!

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Sebastien Braun follows up Toot and Pop! with Digger and Tom!, another brightly colored picture book featuring vehicles preschool kids love.
 
Digger and Tom! is set at a construction site. Little Digger is eager to help with the work, but all the other construction vehicles are bigger and make a lot more noise. The dump truck, steam roller, steam shovel, bulldozer, ...

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Overview

Sebastien Braun follows up Toot and Pop! with Digger and Tom!, another brightly colored picture book featuring vehicles preschool kids love.
 
Digger and Tom! is set at a construction site. Little Digger is eager to help with the work, but all the other construction vehicles are bigger and make a lot more noise. The dump truck, steam roller, steam shovel, bulldozer, crane, cement mixer, and excavator keep taking over his jobs.
 
Children will identify with Little Digger as he struggles to find his place on the construction crew and will cheer when Digger discovers there are some jobs he can do better than anyone!
 
Sebastien Braun’s charming illustrations show the loveable personalities of all the construction vehicles at the work site.

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Editorial Reviews

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This engaging picture book about trucks, teamwork, and a “try, try again” philosophy begins on the endpapers at a construction site. Illustrations feature bold black outlines and bright blocks of color that match well the playful text that ranges across the pages.
Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What could be more exciting than working at a construction site? Digger is a small digging machine who loves to dig holes at construction sites. One day he is digging a hole when he comes across a large rock. No matter how hard Digger tries, he is unable to lift this rock; it remains stuck in the ground, rendering the entire construction site a safety hazard. The bigger machines who work at this site step in, determined to solve this problem. Basher the demolition vehicle tries smashing the rock. Then Roland, the steamroller, tries to flatten it. Finally Chuck, the crane, tries to heave the rock out. But nothing works. The rock does not budge, and the larger machines decide to take a break. While the big machines are resting, Digger goes back and digs deeper and deeper until finally he reaches the rock. Now that the construction site is safe again, the other machines congratulate Digger. Digger is a special part of the team, after all. Young children will enjoy this whimsical story, which takes place on a construction site where the machines come to life with their own personalities and digging abilities. The wonderful illustrations are fun to look at, and children who have loved playing in the sand with their own machines will enjoy reading this professionally written text. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS—Onomatopoeia and large, colorful illustrations of simple rounded shapes outlined with thick black lines will be enjoyed by children fascinated with construction equipment. Finished with work for the day, Digger, a small backhoe, cannot rest for the night until he makes the site safe by digging up one last, lone rock. While diligently attempting to unearth the stubborn stone-"perspiration" actually flies off him-larger machines declare they are more experienced and will tackle the job. After they fail, Digger, with encouragement from his friend, dump-truck Tom, tries again and ultimately saves the day by removing the soil around the stone, which is then lifted by the truck crane and carried away by Tom, while the bulldozer, steamroller, and demolition vehicle smooth the ground. Each machine has a mouth and two round eyes that reveal a variety of emotions. This "all's well that ends well" tale is similar in scope to Stephen Savage's Little Tug (Roaring Brook, 2012), but the focus is on teamwork here rather than just the smallest one making the biggest impact. Use with Sally Sutton's Demolition (Candlewick, 2012) for a construction storytime theme.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
A little digger that could shows the other construction equipment that even though he's small, he can get the job done. In a construction-truck reprise of his Toot and Pop! (2012), Braun introduces readers to the small backhoe ("Hello, Digger!"), whose "helping" doesn't "always go quite as planned." But this three-page introduction seems not to relate to the story that follows. Digger and Tom, the dump truck, are working together to clear the construction site of one last rock. But Digger is having a hard time of it--it is larger than it looked at first. When the other trucks arrive, they deride his efforts, telling him to step aside and see how it is done. But they get their comeuppance--Basher can't smash it, Roland can't flatten it, Chuck can't bulldoze it, and Grabber can't get a purchase on the rock. While the others are on a break, Tom and Digger exchange sly looks, and Tom encourages the little guy to try again. Of course, he succeeds, and the other trucks acknowledge him, and everyone pitches in to finish the site. Braun's illustrations portray anthropomorphized construction vehicles whose simple, sometimes sweaty (!) faces convey their emotions: frustration, effort, satisfaction, pride and exhaustion. Simple backgrounds keep the focus on the trucks and their relationships. Not as strong as either Toot and Pop! or The Little Engine that Could, but truck lovers will be well satisfied. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062077523
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 295,039
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Sebastien Braun studied fine arts in Strasbourg, France, and he is the author of many picture books, including I Love My Daddy and two books in this series, Toot and Pop! and Digger and Tom! Mr. Braun lives with his wife in London, England. You can visit him online at www.sebastienbraun.com.

Sebastien Braun studied fine arts in Strasbourg, France, and he is the author of many picture books, including I Love My Daddy and two books in this series, Toot and Pop! and Digger and Tom! Mr. Braun lives with his wife in London, England. You can visit him online at www.sebastienbraun.com.

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