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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (March 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805082034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805082036
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-A nameless boy in hard hat and overalls shows just how he will use his huge yellow digger to do all his necessary work, scooping, pushing, and digging. His baby sibling, he tells readers, is too little to participate in all of these tasks, but "As soon as my brother gets bigger, I will teach him." Full spreads show the boy driving, with baby in the backseat; digging a big hole for a pond; and building a playground. Details are perfect, down to the brothers' special bond at the end of the day, where readers see yellow caution tape and orange cones near the bathtub. Another lively, sure-to-please winner from the creators of Trashy Town (HarperCollins, 1999).
Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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PreS-K. Celebrating children's--especially boys'--seemingly universal fascination with huge earthmovers, this indulges one boy's fantasies. As the child-narrator elaborately excavates the sand with his toy digger, he pictures himself driving a huge digger while his little brother sleeps. He does good work. He moves metal, scoops rocks, and splashes mud; he also thinks about digging a pond, fashioning a hill, and creating a park where he and his brother can play. Until little brother grows older, however, big brother is content to convey his imaginative enthusiasm to his sibling as they splash in the tub and read together in bed. The joyful acrylic illustrations and the sparse, confident text will delight other digger-wannabes. Ellen Mandel
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Andrea Zimmerman was born in Ohio and grew up in New York and California. She received a degree in Fine Arts for Children and later went back to school and became a dentist. She has three grown sons and lives in Southern California. She enjoys going to museums, gardening, and traveling. Together with her husband, David Clemesha, she writes and illustrates picture books.

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This is a great book for toddler boys.
M. M. Turner
Cute story, great simple and colorful illustrations of all kinds of construction machines.
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My 2 yr old son absolutely loves this book.
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96 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Mindy VINE VOICE on July 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Maybe I'm the only one that thinks this is a problem but I have to say something. My son, who is 2.5 years old, LOVES construction vehicles. He knows them by name and recognizes them by sight. When we pass construction sites he can identify the machines because he's into books and videos about that stuff. So you can imagine the disappointment when I say, "We're going to read Digger Man!" and he says, "That's not a digger!"

Which he's right, it's not. It's a loader.

In all the books we've looked at, excavators are called "diggers" because, well, they dig. Loaders take the dirt the diggers make and load them into dump trucks.

So here's this whole book centered upon "diggers" when all the illustrations feature loaders. The text is even wrong as one part the boy says "I will push the dirt and make a big hill" which a digger can't do. I think the author should have used a backhoe as the subject because backhoes can dig AND load. But she didn't.

Yes, this book is meant for pre-schoolers but give them a break, they're more intelligent than that. Do your homework, don't be lazy.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Turner on September 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for toddler boys. The illustrations are colorful and fun, and the boy's fascination with diggers certainly rings true. There's also a touching angle about the boy sharing with and teaching his baby brother - a cute little story w/ a nice message.For those who like this I also recommend Dig, Dig, Digging and Emergency! - two great books featuring fun rhymes, terrific illustrations and lots of machines and cool vehicles that little boys love.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Wenger on November 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We got this book at the library and my 3 year old boy loved it nearly to pieces. I am looking into getting one he can keep, or maybe giving the library the new one and having him keep the torn and taped one! He has it memorized and "reads" it over and over to himself and his little sister. This book not only fascinates the little "digger men" that like to read it, but also teaches values such as hard work, good maintenance,productivity, and taking care of little brother. Your own little "digger man" will be sure to love it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My almost two-year old son loves this book!!! It is short, easy to read and has great pictures. He has the book memorized and sometimes we just look at the pictures and discuss them. He has always loved construction equipment and big trucks and this is right on his level. The boy in the book has a little brother and it would probably be a good book for someone expecting a second child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles V. Mckinley on February 16, 2010
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I bought this book for my 3-year-old grandson because he is very into trucks, backhoes, diggers, steam rollers, fire engines, and anything else on wheels. He loves this book and wants it read to him over and over. The story as well as the pictures are just charming. I will probably buy more books along these lines by Kevin Lewis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMMT on November 27, 2009
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my two boys 3 and 5 love this book. its a quick read and they both love to help finishing the sentences. This book will be a favorite if you have boys close in age!
Happy reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mom on November 2, 2006
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My 2 1/2 year old has every truck/construction book published, I think. This is one of his favorites. He loves to finish the sentences. We recommend this to all the truck-loving readers out there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Howard on January 9, 2012
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I bought this for my 19 month old son, who is currently obsessed with backhoes. It's a great book for him, and he loves me to read it over and over again. Part of the storyline is about how he helps teach his little brother about his backhoe because he is so little. We are about to have another son, so our oldest thinks that is fun too. Great book.
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