Digger Dog

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Digger Dog loves to dig up bones, the bigger the better. But for the biggest bone in the world, what will Digger Dog need? The biggest digger in the world, of course! All through the story, the diggers get bigger, the hole gets deeper, and there is a fantastic fold-out surprise at the end!
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Overview

Digger Dog loves to dig up bones, the bigger the better. But for the biggest bone in the world, what will Digger Dog need? The biggest digger in the world, of course! All through the story, the diggers get bigger, the hole gets deeper, and there is a fantastic fold-out surprise at the end!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/10/2014
When it comes to reaching a buried bone that’s giving off an irresistible scent, a dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do. For Digger Dog, it takes ever-larger digging equipment, starting with a manual shovel and escalating to “the biggest digger he can find”: a massive red power shovel that “spits and snorts and rumbles and shakes and digs!” With the help of a mouse and a rabbit, who bring their own hardhats, the bone is finally retrieved, but also turns out to be the tip of a dinosaur skeleton iceberg. Bee (And the Cars Go...) and Johansson’s (Ten on the Bus) skit-like story both feels and looks slight; Digger Dog is a pretty pedestrian canine, and, with the exception of a polka-dot motif, the settings are perfunctory. But construction equipment–obsessed readers will probably find it pushes all the right buttons, especially since the repetition-driven story ends with a big finish in the form of two gatefolds: the first unfolds upward to pay tribute to the digger’s full size, and the second opens downward to reveal the T-Rex beneath the surface. Ages 3–7. (Apr.)
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Aptly named Digger Dog sniffs out a bone and with catchy, repetitive phrases, uses increasingly larger digging tools and vehicles to break the hard ground and retrieve it. ... Though the dirt is not all that dirty, with circles in shades of peach and pink over brown, the effect is engaging as readers eventually see much more of it as the fold-out pages enlarge to accommodate "the biggest digger in the whole world" and then reveal that the bone Digger Dog finally uncovers is only the (finger)tip of the iceberg. A fossilized dinosaur skeleton still lies undiscovered, making a trifecta of kid appeal: dogs, digging, and dinosaurs.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Bee’s text is great fun to read aloud; the repetition will encourage audience participation. Johansson’s genial illustrations feature lots of colorful polka-dot embellishments, primarily on the ground and in the piles of dirt; good use of white space in the compositions prevents the dots from becoming distracting. Digging in dirt, an exciting parade of construction equipment, and dinosaur bones—this is a storytime trifecta.
—The Horn Book

Construction equipment–obsessed readers will probably find it pushes all the right buttons, especially since the repetition-driven story ends with a big finish in the form of two gatefolds: the first unfolds upward to pay tribute to the digger’s full size, and the second opens downward to reveal the T-Rex beneath the surface.
—Publishers Weekly

Archeologists have nothing on Digger Dog, who uses his superior sense of smell to find bones. ... Humorous illustrations incorporate a series of fold-out pages, which provide lots of fun for the younger set, as the construction vehicles get bigger and bigger to match the expanding and bottomless story line.
—Booklist

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Meet Digger Dog, an anthropomorphic canine hero with a job he loves. He uses his nose to sniff out bones and then digs. Not, as you might expect of a dog, with his paws—a point that is essential to the humor of this story. First, he digs with a shovel. But when the ground is “too hard” and the bone is “too deep,” he switches to a digger. When that proves unsuccessful, he switches to a bigger digger. Eventually, he uses “the world’s biggest digger!” It is so big that it cannot fit on two pages; readers must lift the two-page spread upwards, to reveal an image as large as a four-page spread. They see that finally he has “the world’s biggest bone.” But the story is not over. A small sign in the image directs us to “fold down,” and doing so we see the rest of a full dinosaur skeleton still underground. It seems Digger Dog’s adventure has only just begun! Throughout the story Digger is aided by an unnamed pair of mouse and rabbit friends, and readers will enjoy following them from page to page as well. This simple story of persistence and triumph will please readers over and over again. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
★ 03/01/2014
PreS-K—Aptly named Digger Dog sniffs out a bone and with catchy, repetitive phrases, uses increasingly larger digging tools and vehicles to break the hard ground and retrieve it. Digger Dog and his animal friends, wearing hard hats and using construction equipment, are set against polka-dotted grounds; they stand out nicely in the mixed-media cartoon illustrations. Though the dirt is not all that dirty, with circles in shades of peach and pink over brown, the effect is engaging as readers eventually see much more of it as the fold-out pages enlarge to accommodate "the biggest digger in the whole world" and then reveal that the bone Digger Dog finally uncovers is only the (finger)tip of the iceberg. A fossilized dinosaur skeleton still lies undiscovered, making a trifecta of kid appeal: dogs, digging, and dinosaurs.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-17
Digger Dog is obsessed with finding buried bones, but will he be able to dig up the world's largest? His nose finds the bones, and a shovel usually works to dig them up. But this time, a shovel just doesn't cut it. Neither do a little digger, a bigger digger or a much bigger digger (depicted as a series of ever-larger backhoes). Luckily, Digger Dog has access to the biggest digger in the whole world (so large it needs a foldout of the entire two-page spread to encompass it all). And while the bone may not require the similarly large final foldout spread, what lies beneath it does. But will Digger Dog find it? Throughout, two helpers, a rabbit and a mouse, cheer him on and supply the orange cones, construction signs and tape that mark this as a digging site. Johansson's mixed-media illustrations keep the focus on Digger Dog and his workers, their action playing out against a white background and on top of bright ground that is filled with circle patterns, the exposed dirt receiving a color and pattern all its own. With lots of repetition and mostly simple vocabulary, this is suitable for those children moving beyond the early-reader stage, though the lack of a real story may disappoint. Digger-obsessed children will be enthralled, though others may easily pass on this one-note dog. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763661625
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 389,531
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William Bee was born in London, but now lives in the English countryside. As well as writing books, he races a vintage sports car, is an international skier, and when at home tends his lawns and meadow. He rarely leaves his tiny village, except for international skiing and vintage racing, but his daily walks lead to friendly encounters with the local wildlife. He knows the local weasels, grass snakes, moles, and hedgehogs, as well as the family of deer that lives in his yard.

Cecilia Johansson divides her time between her shared studio in arty Stockholm and her boyfriend’s small old cottage an hour outside the city, where the only neighbors are Mr. Elk and the Fox family. When not illustrating in her studio, she likes to play outdoors. She finds a lot of inspiration in nature and loves to go on long runs — she is training for her fifth marathon!

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