Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805066289, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2003
A picture book for the very young that celebrates a child's excitement for construction vehicles
""Honk the horn "
"Flash the lights "
"Scoop the rocks "
"Push the mud ""
A little boy imagines driving a great big digger-scooping and pushing mud to make a playground for his baby brother.
Children are fascinated with bulldozers, backhoes, payloaders-diggers of all shapes and sizes. In this playful picture book, simple alliterative language and bold, colorful images capture a child's love of building and creating.
Paul William Gallico (1897-1976) was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Columbia University in 1921, he became a well-known journalist and novelist. Today Mr. Gallico is best remembered for the novella "The Snow Goose "and for the touching story on which this adaptation is based.
Bob Barton is one of the founders of the Storyteller School of Toronto and performs throughout North America and the United Kingdom. The recipient of several awards for promoting literacy, Mr. Barton was a consultant to the Ontario Ministry of Education before becoming an author. He lives in Ontario, Canada.
Carolyn Croll has illustrated many popular children's books, including several that she also wrote. She lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha have written eight children s books together, including "Digger Man" and "Trashy Town", an ALA Notable Book. They live in San Diego, California, with their three sons.
A Book Sense "Children's 76 Winter 2003 - 2004" title
"The joyful acrylic illustrations and the sparse, confident text will delight other digger-wannabes." --Booklist
"Truck and machinery fans will dig this." --Kirkus Reviews
"The book's most distinctive note, however, lies in having the narrator employ his construction dream world as a means of connecting with his sibling, rather than escaping from him." --Publishers Weekly
"Another lively, sure-to-please winner." --School Library Journal