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Children's LiteratureThis 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