If you make a decision based totally by the cover and the title of the story, you would be inclined to think that The Diggers is a boy’s book. I beg to differ. I think it would appeal to any child who loves words and has fun with them. In The Diggers the words twist, turn and dance across the page due to the skillful illustrations of Antoine Corbineau. The reader follows their repetitious rhythmic sound deeper and deeper underground to discover what lies beneath the top soil. The Diggers by Margaret Wise Brown is a picturesque imaginative story that a curious creative children would enjoy.
The Diggers cleverly takes little ones on an escapade, demonstrating were man and nature collide. They get a sneak peek into the fanciful natural habitats of underground creatures. They find out about the different animals, people and equipment that dig and why. They will be introduced to the sequence of days and passing time. As the story goes deeper, there is a glimpse of prehistoric living then shuttled back into the future of fast trains and expansion.
Angelo’s Best Bits: it’s about digging and there are trains. He found the habitats of the different creatures fascinating.
Angelo’s Worst Bit: He didn’t like the pirate. He thought the pirate was greedy.
My bits best: I love the musicality of the story, the play with words and rhyming. I thought the illustrations beautifully played with the movement of the words
I would suggest that The Diggers suitable for 3- 6 years old. It’s the sort of book that will make an imaginative child curious about the natural world around him/her and ask questions. Angelo wanted to know of the worm’s house was full of worms. He thought that would be yucky. He also wanted to know of the man digging the hole was also a pirate.
Title: The Diggers
Authour: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated: Antoine Corbineau
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Parragon Book Service Ltd
Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 0.3 x 24.8 cm