21 January 2015
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
Barnett, Mac. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. Candlewick, 2014.
Sam and Dave decide to dig a hole in their backyard, and they are determined to dig until they find something spectacular.
This book is completely adorable. Klassen's illustrations - similar to those in Extra Yarn, I Want My Hat Back, and others, are simple, yet perfectly suited to the story. Sam and Dave pass by several jewels, each getting larger and larger, and their dog notices what is going on but is unable to convince them to dig differently. In the end, they fall out of the end of the hole and return to their own yard. This simple story will keep kids interested in what will happen and frustrated at Sam and Dave for missing all of the obvious jewels. This would make a great read-aloud book for a story time or a read-alike recommendation for other Barnett and Klassen collaborations.