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Digger, Dozer, Dumper Board book – Picture Book, August 2, 2016
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—School Library Journal (starred review)
Adorable multiethnic children are the drivers of these 16 trucks—from construction equipment to city trucks, rescue vehicles and a semi—easily standing in for readers, a point made very clear on the final spread. Varying rhyme schemes and poem lengths help keep readers’ attention. ... While there are many rhyming truck books out there, this stands out for being a collection of poems.
Vestergaard (Potty Animals) offers 16 poetic tributes to big machines and trucks that should prove deeply satisfying to young connoisseurs and the grownups who read to them. ... Slonim’s pictures are rendered in bright acrylics (fire engine red and construction sign yellow prevail) and outlined in appropriately rugged charcoal; their burly cuddliness skews the pages toward younger imaginations.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
[Youngsters] will be captivated by the lively artwork. ... Fun for reading aloud, especially one-on- one.
[T]hese playful verses sing the praises of sixteen trucks and the work they do. The lighthearted acrylic and charcoal illustrations enhance the poems’ humor and give their subjects loads of personality. There’s some refreshing gender equality, too, as six of the trucks are female.
—The Horn Book
Although Slonim’s perky accompanying cartoon illustrations play to a younger crowd, Vestergaard’s careful wordsmithery, precise terminology, and sly humor assure that the poems themselves will be appreciated by even more sophisticated listeners. ... Vestergaard changes up her rhyme and meter enough to keeps things interesting, and the scansion is reliable enough to coax even poetry-shy adults into trying a read aloud. Newly independent readers might want to step up to the mic, too, and share in the fun of a high-energy, clanging and banging poetry performance.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A charming set of rhymes... This is a wonderful addition to the bookshelf of any kid fascinated by big trucks. And who isn't?
—San Antonio Express-News
About the Author
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Board book : 30 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0763688932
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763688936
- Product Dimensions : 7.06 x 0.65 x 7.38 inches
- Publisher : Candlewick; Illustrated edition (August 2, 2016)
- Reading level : 2 - 5 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Every page in this book is nicely illustrated and has a fun poem that describes the functionality of the vehicle that it references. A couple of months after owning this book he went and got it, sat down with it and, before we knew it, he chewed a piece of the corner off of it. In the year and a half that we've had Digger Dozer Dumper it is by far the most read book. Now that he's three, he is even starting to join in on the reading aspect.
If you're looking for a book that is not only fun to read, but can teach your child about what the different vehicles are able to do, then this is a must have for your home library.
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Boy was I wrong. This has become one of our absolute favorite books. My son recites parts of it from memory at random times, and requests it constantly at story time, naming the specific poems he likes best (dump truck, steam roller, ambulance). I love that we can sit and read the entire book, or just jump around and read one or two poems, depending on what mood we're in.
The poems are very, very solid -- the rhythm is good (no clunker lines that force you to adjust your reading speed to make work), the content is interesting, and the lengths are perfect. They certainly stand up to high-frequency repetition. And the pictures are wonderful, with funny details like a dog behind the wheel of a truck, which my son loves to point out.
My 3-year-old daughter also loves to read this with us (her favorite is the cherry picker, which is shown rescuing a cat from a tree). I love that the machines are a mix of male and female, and there are both girls and boys drawn in the pictures. So, to gently refute one review below -- sure, this is a boys' book, but it's just as much a girls' book, too.
I liked this book so much that I've already ordered another one as a gift!
HOWEVER some of the illustrations are just awful and not "anatomically correct," which makes this short of a FIVE STAR review. Just look at the cement truck for example.... the cab of the cement truck is correctly positioned at the front of the vehicle, but the cement drum is facing the wrong way. Are you supposed to pour the cement over the Driver?! And look at the hydraulic arm on the garbage truck... there's no practical reason for it to be drawn this way. These illustrations defy logic and the laws of physics, and I fear they will confuse or mislead any budding engineer.
Reading this book too much will make your kid more likely to be a truck driver rather than a truck designer or CEO
of a truck manufacturer.
Top reviews from other countries
He really likes the part at the end when it asks him which truck would he like to be.
Highly recommended for any toddler that likes trucks
All trucks are described using peoms. Since we are Indians my son's mother tongue is not English. So even if I read it to him he doesn't enjoy it much.
On the other hand, my 5 year old daughter who is not into vehicles also surprisingly enjoys this book. Especially the peoms on the last page.