Monday, November 24, 2014

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole review


Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect.(goodreads summary)

Sam and Dave are digging a hole in the hopes of finding something spectacular.  As they dig deeper and deeper they keep coming up empty handed.

This clever story is simple, easy-to-read and big on subtle humor. Kids will find the illustrations visually fun to look at as the boys dig in different directions while unknowingly, the something spectacular they are looking for is right there in front of them.  They will giggle when they see how close the boys come to discovering something amazing and will want to shout out "it's right there!"  The ending was different than I expected but leaves open for wondering and thought provoking question. An observant reader will also notice that the beginning picture and ending pictures have slight differences. If they catch it, they will have fun pointing them out to others. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 4-7.~

Title: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
Author: Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Pub. Date:  October 2014, Candlewick Press
Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 40 pgs.

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