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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Published by Candlewick Press, 2014
40 pages
ISBN: 978𢠩636-62295

Ages 4 and Older

Sam and Dave are on a mission: They plan to keep digging until they 揻ind something spectacular. When digging straight down doesn抰 yield results, they turn to the right. Then they split up. They come back together and start digging down again. They take a rest. And all along, their dog and readers and listeners understand what they don抰: they keep missing one spectacular thing after another. The straightforward narrative is the foil for the marvelous visual storytelling in a hilarious picture book in which Sam and Dave manage to miss gemstone after gemstone, each one bigger and more spectacular than the one before. The last one is so big the page can抰 show it all. When they stop to rest again, dirty and done in by their effort, they are mere inches above a bone. While Sam and Dave sleep the dog starts digging and suddenly all of them are falling falling falling ... only to land right back where they began or do they? Brilliantly conceptualized and illustrated, this is truly a book for all ages.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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