Dinosaur Dig! has everything that gets small boys excited – diggers, dinosaurs and dirt plus a bit of counting thrown in for good measure. Bursting with energy and noise and with a splashy, surprising ending, it’s an absolute riot of a book.
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Camilla says: “As soon as I took this out of the envelope I knew it was for us. It’s only since having kids and hanging out with my friends’ sons that I’ve realised just how utterly obsessed they are by vehicles and the details of machinery. Really, it’s all some of them want to read about. I am a huge fan of Penny’s work and my children just adore Ten in the Bed, so it’s really exciting to have her on the list.”
Penny says: “Everyone knows that boys love diggers, but my little grandson amazed me by expressing intense enthusiasm from about 9 months. He’s now 18 months and the passion is undiminished. He says “Di…gger” for most vehicles, but also likes to get up close to tyres and wheel nuts, patting them fondly and crooning “Di…gger.”
I felt I had to make a book with this in mind, using words that conjure the weight, clanking noise and dust of heavy machinery. I wanted to draw the diggers with all the details, mud and shiny parts that he seems to love. When it came to who’s driving, I thought … ‘Dinosaurs.’ Their scale, mass, jaws and claws made them perfect partners for the enormous machines.
I’m delighted that Nosy Crow is ready to rev up the engines and get digging.”
Penny’s written about the experience of creating a book for boys in a guest post for The Book Trust blog
Excerpt: One dinosaur digging.
Digging a hole…
A very big hole.
Dig! Dig! Dig!