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Author: James Horvath

Illustrator: James Horvath

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2013

Material: hard cover

Summary: Duke leads a construction crew of dogs in the process of knocking down an old building and building a new apartment building. As a companion book to Dig, Dogs, Dig, children can follow their favorite doggy construction workers as they use bulldozers, wrecking balls, and cranes to finish the job. Don’t forget to find the sneaky black cat in each scene! This is another book in the series of picture books starring blue collar dogs.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Reading Level: 3.6

Age of Child: Read with children ages 2 and 4 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Both of my young readers loved this book. It was the favorite of the week and they requested it again and again. Finding the cat was a important and fun part of each rereading.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book a great deal. The narrative is cute, the pictures are appealing, it’s written in rhyme which is easy and fun to read. I wasn’t surprised at how much the two year old enjoyed the book, but I was taken aback at how much the almost five year old loved it as well.

Pros: This picture book has it all: a great story, solid rhyming language structure, great illustrations, and an accessible plot and characters.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Given the high number of instances that it was requested I read it, this is one to keep on the shelf!


Educational Themes: With all the reading you'll do, there will be opportunities where you can leave out one of the rhyming words and let your young reader add it. The black cat gives you something to look at in the illustrations, but there are other things you can seek and find, too. Take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2015

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