Dig Dig Digging

Dig Dig Digging

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All the favourites are here in this bright, bold picture book for machine-mad little ones - from diggers and tractors, to cranes, bulldozers and more! With fun, rhyming text and vibrant artwork, this is perfect for sharing and reading aloud. Children will love spotting all the details on each page and joining in with all the different sounds; as tractors 'squelch' through the mud and dumper trucks go 'crash!'. Part of the best-selling Awesome Engines range.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 244 x 268 x 4mm | 158.76g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1841210803
  • 9781841210803
  • 9,701

Review Text

Diggers are good at dig, dig, digging, / scooping up the earth, and lifting and tipping. / They make huge holes with their dig, dig, digging. / They can work all day." With simple rhymes and bold illustrations, Mayo (Wiggle Waggle Fun, 2002, etc.) and Ayliffe (The Busy Building Book, not reviewed, etc.) introduce 11 working vehicles. As the title and cover suggest, most of them are used in construction. Created out of cut and torn papers, Ayliffe's vibrant collages fill each double-page spread. "Diggers," for example, shows the bright red machine against an expanse of mustard yellow earth; a turquoise blue fence surrounds the site and pink, lilac, and blue buildings speckle the horizon. Mayo widens her lens by putting the spotlight on "Fire Engines" and "Rescue Vehicles." Depicting the former, Ayliffe places the vehicle against a purple slope and yellow sky; the fire engine reaches across the length of the page while an arc of water, which appears to be created out of translucent tracing paper, blasts into a burning building ("Fire engines are good at race, race, racing. / Look out! Look out! Bright lights flashing. / Hoses at the ready for swoosh, swoosh, swooshing. / They can work all day"). Tractors and garbage trucks are also highlighted. The final illustration shows the vehicles cloaked in twilight hues ("Brakes on, / engines off, the sun is setting. / No beep-beeping, no vroom-vrooming. / Shhh! / They can rest all night"). Young children, fascinated by the sounds, actions, and sheer enormity of these vehicles will find much to like in these busy scenes. (Picture book. 3-5) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

Review quote

[Has] everything to gladden the heart of a motor mad child. Great stuff. The Guardian All kinds of large and noisy machines feature in this bright book, with a bouncily rhythmic text which young mechanics will love -- and soon learn off by heart! Scottish Book Trust There is an enormous amount to look at and discuss Carousel This book goes everywhere with us Angels & Urchins Splendid rhymical text...great stuff Guardian Vibrant images and equalling rich and evocative onomatopoeic language, delivered in a bouncy rhythm. Junior Vibrant images, and equally rich and evocative onomatopoeic language delivered in a bouncy rhythm Juniorshow more

About Margaret Mayo

Margaret Mayo is an acclaimed storyteller and author of several bestselling children's titles. A former teacher, she uses her wide-ranging experience with children in her writing. She lives in Brighton. Alex Ayliffe is a well-known children's book illustrator, whose distinctive papercut illustrations have great child appeal. Her board book Boo Barney won the Sainsbury's Baby Book Award.show more

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404 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 33% (132)
4 30% (123)
3 31% (124)
2 5% (20)
1 1% (5)
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