Diggers and Dumpers


When Leo comes to play with Ben, disaster strikes. Leo's beloved new digger is broken. Will their friendship survive this setback? And, more importantly, can they mend the digger? This is a tale about two boys and their shiny, sturdy toys.

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When Leo comes to play with Ben, disaster strikes. Leo's beloved new digger is broken. Will their friendship survive this setback? And, more importantly, can they mend the digger? This is a tale about two boys and their shiny, sturdy toys.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This book belongs to the "Green Bananas" reading primer series, a set of curriculum-based books geared toward new readers. The cover bills it as "three stories in one." The stories build on one another and this book is, in fact, more satisfying if considered as a small chapter book. Leo comes to Ben's house to play. One thing leads to another, a toy dump truck gets dirty, a toy crane gets broken, and the boys fight. With some creative assistance from Ben's mom, the boys solve their problems and are friends again by the end. It is a sweet tale that will engage early readers, especially those who love trucks. Sadly, a typo on the final page (the word "your" should be "our') confuses the ending. Adults may find the alliterated title amusing or annoying when read aloud as the words "digger" and "dumper" have related double entendres that are not appropriate for the book's intended audience. Teachers' guides are available for the Bananas series. 2006, Crabtree Publishing, and Ages 4 to 6.
—Ilene S. Goldman
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2
These beginning readers, each with three short chapters, highlight familiar situations: the first day in a new school, bedtime fears, and conflicts with a friend. School features a monkey in a wheelchair and her classmates, while Bed and Diggers have children and their family members as characters. Teachers will appreciate the multisyllabic word choices in these books, but at times the language may be above the level of the intended audience. The books also contain dialogue bubbles. Each title includes some descriptive words that may help young readers develop a larger vocabulary when the books are read aloud. The colorful illustrations, which differ in style, add humor. Additional fare.
—Kathleen PavinCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405222303
  • Publisher: Egmont UK
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Series: Green Bananas
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Wilding has been writing for 20 years and has written many books for all age ranges. She is the author of the Secret Diaries series. She lives in Alton, Hampshire. Maria Maddocks has illustrated two board books about vehicles for Ladybird previously.

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