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DIGGER THE DINOSAUR

Author: Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Illustrator: Gynux

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2013

Material: hard cover

Summary: Digger wants to play with his friend, Stego, but Mom says he has to clean first. But in the hurry to get it done, Digger gets a little confused. With Stego's help, he cleans his room and the two little dinosaurs head outside to play ball. This is an easy reader story with a lesson in cooperation.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 7

Reading Level: 1.2

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My kids picked out this book from our collection. They really liked it. Dinosaur stories are always a big hit here and Digger's misunderstanding of his mom and his friend really tickled their funny bone. They wanted to read it again.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked it, too. I loved the word play the author used to illustrate Digger's confusion. Plus, what parent wouldn't love a book about a kid cleaning his or her own room? I was not surprised. Dinosaurs are really popular in our house and this was a funny and sweet story.

Pros: Silly and clever word play, cute characters, and sweet story help new readers AND parents, too.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I liked this book, as did my kids, but I worry that they would grow out of it.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SPLAT THE CAT THE BIG HELPER   CLEAN IT! (Helping Hands Series)   THE WONDER BOOK

Educational Themes: This is a book to help readers build their skills. There is a lesson in the story, and it might create a chance to talk about expectations and chores. With older readers, you can also talk about the wordplay.

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. - easy reader series, animal characters, dinosaurs, humor, family

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2015

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com; and feedback at amazon.com.




                 

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