All bookseller links are provided so you can get more information about a book. We have affiliate relationships with Barefoot Books,, and Tapestry Books. All revenue generated from sales through these venues is used strictly to cover website costs and minimize donation requests and fundraising campaigns.

“We read to know we are not alone.” More

      Printer Friendly

Click cover to buy:


Author: Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Illustrator: Gynux

Reserve at the Library

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; and feedback at


Copyright © 2003 - 2018. The Reading Tub, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Reading Tub and Turning a Page ... Opening the World are registered trademarks of The Reading Tub Inc.
No use of these trademarks is permitted without written approval of The Reading Tub, Inc.
Privacy Policy.     Site developed by Sites2BeSeen.