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Can You Dig It? Hardcover – March 2, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423122089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423122081
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,508,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4—This book's title and cover are enticing, but the poems will challenge independent readers. They have varied meters, words that are difficult to pronounce ("pterodactyl," "chicktyls," "chanticleers"), and vocabulary that is too ambitious for the intended audience. However, the meanings of words such as "hominids," "drub," "schist," and "mawful," become clear in context when they are read aloud and youngsters will like the slightly irreverent humor. The third poem, "Coprolite," about a paleontologist who examines fossilized fecal matter, includes some questionable lines like, "That LuAnn always was cuckoo/Her parents both were nut jobs too," but ends with the clever axiom, "You are not only what you eat,/You are also what you excrete." Cartoon illustrations in black Prismacolor pencils and digitally colored play off one another with dark and bright hues. The endpapers are delightful, featuring a big bone, cavemen, insects, and little creatures popping out of the ground. Although some youngsters will be able to relate to the humor and appreciate this quirky collection, it should be considered an additional purchase.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
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About the Author

Robert Weinstock (www.callmebob.com) is a graphic designer, a former children's book editor, and the creator ofFood Hates You, Too. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. stevens on March 12, 2010
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Gorgeous art, sparkling poems. Reading these aloud makes great fun for kids and adults alike!

I will not hug a dinosaur
That's one thing that I know for sure.

Mom's advice on cooking bison:
Hunt one. Clean it. Rub some spice on.
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What a great little book to get kids interested in poetry. I'm so upset that this book is no longer in print. Kudos to the thrift store that provided this copy. The book looks brand new and was shipped quickly.
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By Evan Spring on December 10, 2010
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This has become my staple gift for friends with kids, mostly because it's delightfully imaginative, but also because I find many kids' books too cloying and sentimental. Nothing wrong with wholesome messages, of course, but Weinstock knows how to leaven them with wry humor, even a kind of irony that kids can relate to.

In "Greetings," for example, the Cro-Magnons say hello by hitting each other on the head with clubs. Then: "Neighbors would bash their neighbors 'Bye!' / And bite their friends 'Good Night.' / Till some bruised caveman wondered, Why / Not hug instead of fight?" The illustration of one Cro-Magnon hugging another (whose thought bubble reads, "AWKWARD!") is priceless.

And who can resist poems about caveman ballerinas, stone hats, and a T. Rex who can't stop eating his friends?

The book is also a great education in poetry, because the lines rhyme and keep a stanza form, but with nice, loose internal rhythms ("My great-aunt was LuAnn Abrue / The paleontologist who / Was famed for finding fossil poo / Like giant T. Rex number two."). The book just never grows old.
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I bought this book because my 8 and 6 year old sons LOVED the author's previous book, "Food Hates You Too." They love this one too. My 8 year old came down for breakfast the other day reciting one of the poems by heart. It's a fun and funny book, and our family really enjoys reading it!
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