From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K–This entertaining twist on the traditional lullaby opens with the lines, Hush, little digger, don't say a word,/Papa's gonna scoop you a pile of dirt./And if that dirt starts to overflow,/Papa's gonna find you a red backhoe. In succession, Papa upgrades to a front-end loader, a big dump truck, an asphalt paver, a bulldozer, a concrete crusher, etc. The lyrics flow in rhythm with the traditional melody. White's cartoons, rendered in painted oil and colored pencil, perk up the verses. In one illustration, little digger maneuvers a backhoe with a scoop full of penguins. When the cherry picker gives the boy a lift up, the youngster offers an apple to an eager giraffe. A fun, lively choice for one-on-one sharing or for storytimes, this father/son story is a whimsical addition for kids who just can't get enough heavy equipment.–Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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PreS-K. Inspired by the traditional lullaby "Hush Little Baby," this picture book will instantly find its audience--small folks who love big trucks--thanks to the jacket, which shows a boy and his father riding in the bucket of an excavator. The story begins as the dad tells his son that he is going to find him a red backhoe, then discarding that idea in favor of a front-end loader, trading up to a big dump truck, and so on. The text rolls along pretty well, with some amusing verbal stretches to create satisfying rhymes as well as the occasional near-rhyme or bump in the rhythm. Despite the constantly repeated notion of swapping one piece of machinery for another, variations in the oil and colored-pencil illustrations create a pleasing new scenario on each double-page spread. Sometimes zany, the artwork stays well within the bounds of a child's imaginative play. Parents, teachers, and children will find this picture book fun for reading aloud, and even more fun for singing aloud. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved