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The Diggers ~ Picture Book Review

The Diggers by Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrated by: Antoine Corbineau

Series: N/A

Published: Parragon Books, 2014

Edition: Paperback

Print Length: 32 pages

Narrated By: N/A

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book,

Where Did I Get It? I received a copy as part of the Parragon Book Buddies Scheme in return for an honest review.

Blurb: DIG DIG DIG! The Diggers are digging holes.

Animals and machines dig a journey of discovery in this hidden treasure from Margaret Wise Brown, author of the children’s classic Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.

Opening Line(s):

DIG DIG DIG. A mole was digging a hole.

My Review: Sadly, the more of Margaret Wise Brown’s work I discover, the less I seem to enjoy it.

This book felt distinctly like a book of two halves. The first half was a nice jaunt around the world looking at things that dig – from moles to pirates looking for treasure – and then suddenly it was all about a digger making a tunnel for a train for the rest of the book. It seemed disjointed to me and I just didn’t like it.

The illustrations were bright and chunky and had plenty to look at. There was just enough detail to keep it interesting without being too busy and the way that the text wound down the tunnels that were being dug was very clever and looked pretty on the page.

Luckily, the kids (and my other half!) all disagreed with me and seemed to enjoy the book, which I suppose is the important thing. It won’t be one that I choose to pick up and read with them again, though.

My Rating: 2.5/5*




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