Sunday, March 11, 2012

Review: The Little Yellow Digger


The Little Yellow Digger
Written by Betty Gilderdale
Illustrated by Alan Gilderdale

Publication date: 1993
Publisher: Ashton Scholastic
ISBN: 978-1-86943-212-6

Summary/Back cover:
When digging a drain, the little yellow digger gets stuck in the mud. So they bring in a bigger digger...

Somehow I have been a mother of boys for almost 3.5 years, and have never met the Little Yellow Digger before - that's almost a crime, surely!

Scholastic sent me a copy of this book, and my boys are ever so grateful for it! It has a little yellow digger. It has a bigger digger. It has a bigger bigger digger. And it has a truck. It also has mud. What more could a boy ask for?!

The story itself is about diggers of increasingly larger size all getting stuck in the mud, and how they all work together to eventually be free - a story that shows that sometimes size doesn't matter! The back cover of the book tells me that this book was written after a similar incident of stuck diggers occurred at the Gilderdales' daughter's home - it almost makes me wish there were photos of the actual incident, instead of Alan's beautiful illustrations!

If you have boys, you definitely need to get your hands on this book. My 3.5 year old has been taking this book to bed with him, and I can hear him 'reading' it to himself: "Oh! Here comes the bigger BIGGER digger! Uh-oh... he's stuck too!" My 18 month old is just learning colours, so was enjoying pointing out the different colour diggers on each page.

There are a number of other books in the Little Yellow Digger series, which we will be collecting - great books to read to smaller boys, and then for slightly bigger boys to learn to read to themselves.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review written by Bronwyn

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