Digger man / Andrea Zimmerman & David Clemesha.
- ISBN: 0805066284 (hc : alk. paper)
- Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
- Publisher: New York, N.Y. : H. Holt, 2003.
A young boy imagines how he will use his digger to make a park where he and his little brother can play.
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PreS-Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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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 2003 Booklist
Publishers Weekly Review
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"My brother is too little, so he doesn't know" confides the narrator of this heavy machinery fantasy, "but soon I'm going to buy a huge digger." In fact, the boy has the whole thing figured outfrom the appropriate outfit ("I'll wear a hard hat and heavy digger-man boots," he says, imagining himself perched in the digger's giant scoop) to making hay while the sun shines ("I will work while my brother sleeps"). Best of all, "I will push mud": he and the digger get down and dirty in a big muddy hole in a scene that allows Zimmerman and Clemesha (coauthors of Trashy Town) to construct a characteristic spread of bold shapes in bright colors, then splendiferously splatter it with chocolate-brown acrylic paint. The book's most distinctive note, however, lies in having the narrator employ his construction dream world as a means of connecting with his sibling, rather than escaping from him. "Maybe I can give my brother a ride on the digger," he thinks, first envisioning the baby on board the digger in a car seat (wearing a hard hat, of course); by book's end, he's planning to usher the younger brother into the digger-man fold. Ages 2-5. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved