Sunday, 30 November 2014

The Diggers : Book Review

The Diggers, by Margaret Wise Brown is the latest book to come through our door care of the Parragon Book Buddies Scheme. It was clear that this one was going to be a winner with BB right from the start. We always begin a book by taking a close look at the cover and having a guess what it might be about. This cover has two diggers, a train and a train track, cars and roads and tunnels.

Book cover showing diggers trains tunnels etc
The Diggers

He couldn't wait to see what was inside.

I was really pleasantly surprised by the story. It is a simple tale with text that gradually builds and repeats, so it has a nice rhyme and rhythm and is great for beginning readers. I also really liked how the story brings together many different creatures and machines that dig, and their purpose for digging. It includes different habitats and histories too. All are united around the need to dig. So much included in a book with so few words.

The illustrations by Antione Corbineau are also very good - nice and colourful, simple yet descriptive.

This is one that we will read again and again.

Disclaimer: This book was received free of charge for the purpose of this review as part of the Parragon Book Buddies Program. All opinions are our own.