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Digger, Dozer, Dumper BRDBK Edition
Contributor(s): Vestergaard, Hope, Slonim, David (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763688932     ISBN-13: 9780763688936
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $7.20  
Product Type: Board Book - Other Formats
Published: August 2016
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Annotation: Presents a series of poems that highlights the jobs and personalities of an assortment of vehicles from an ambulance to a snowplow.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Trucks; Juvenile poetry.
Construction equipment; Juvenile poetry.
Emergency vehicles; Juvenile poetry.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Transportation | Cars & Trucks
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Concepts | Sounds
Dewey: 811/.6
LCCN: bl2016031559
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 7.00" H x 7.00" W x 0.75" (0.85 lbs)
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Hope Vestergaard, a former early childhood teacher, is the author of several books for children. She lives with her husband and two sons, as well as cows, horses, pigs, and dogs, on a small farm outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

David Slonim is an award-winning illustrator of many children’s books, including The Deer Watch by Pat Lowery Collins. He lives with his wife, four kids, and a dog named Maggie in Indiana.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
These playful verses sing the praises of sixteen trucks and the work they do. The lighthearted acrylic and charcoal illustrations enhance the poems' humor and give their subjects loads of personality. The same three children and friendly dog are pictured throughout, in drivers' seats and working alongside their truck friends. The book will make light work of even the toughest storytimes.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #5)
From a street sweeper's early morning rounds to an excavator at the construction site to a snowplow braving "blowing squalls / or sleety storms," these playful verses sing the praises of sixteen trucks and the work they do. The lighthearted acrylic and charcoal illustrations enhance the poems' humor and give their subjects loads of personality. There's some refreshing gender equality, too, as six of the trucks are female: "Two levers make her tires whir. / Both front: she goes. / Both back: retreat! / She zips and turns across the street." The poems, at their best, not only describe the trucks' jobs but also reveal something of their spirit. The cherry picker "pauses in the sky, / plucks its target, / then. . . / gently, slowly, gracefully / sets it down again"; the bulldozer "pushes piles of dirt and junk, / and levels trees and brush. / He's not a bully, either, / although he's big and tough." The same three children and friendly dog are pictured throughout, in drivers' seats and working alongside their truck friends. The final scene reveals that the kids are actually playing with toy trucks, and while that toys-are-real conceit may not be new, it never gets old for a child audience. Digger, Dozer, Dumper will make light work of even the toughest storytimes. kitty flynn Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 May #4)

Vestergaard (Potty Animals) offers 16 poetic tributes to big machines and trucks that should prove deeply satisfying to young connoisseurs and the grownups who read to them. Rising above the usual singsong name-checking, Vestergaard celebrates not only the jobs these machines perform but also their marvelous mechanics (the garbage truck's hydraulic arms; the levers of the agile skid-steer loader). And she consistently makes word choices that offer both catchy aural hooks and powerful, concise descriptiveness. On a street sweeper: "His steely whiskers whisper/ as they gather dust and dirt./ They tickle all the gutters,/ then rinse them with a squirt." Slonim's (The Deer Watch) pictures are rendered in bright acrylics (fire engine red and construction sign yellow prevail) and outlined in appropriately rugged charcoal; their burly cuddliness skews the pages toward younger imaginations. Each machine gets a humanlike expression on its grill (or, at the very least, a pair of googly eyes), and a crew of hardworking, hard-hatted kids and one eager, floppy-eared dog help get the jobs done. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Anna Webman, Curtis Brown. (Aug.)

[Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 July)
PreS-Gr 2—These delightful, finely crafted, informative, fun verses can serve as Common Core exemplar texts while satisfying truck and poetry fans. Each rig's function is described with great care and attention to language with seamless rhymes, alliteration, and assonance gracing the selections. Nothing seems forced about Vestergaard's rhymes; they're smooth and sure, and easy to set to memory: "After the asphalt's dumped and spread/in sticky, long black lines,/the road must cure. You can be sure…/Steamroller's close behind…." About the cherry picker, Vestergaard writes, "The picker pauses in the sky,/plucks its target,/then…/gently, slowly, gracefully, sets it down again," and in a tour-de-force ending: "digger, dozer, dumper, grader/backhoe, roller, excavator/…." Each poem is presented on a spread with lighthearted acrylic and charcoal illustrations that often include a girl and two boys of various hues and a yellow hard-hat-wearing pup, as well as the rigs themselves with hints of personification in their headlight eyes. There are 16 machines in all: garbage truck, forklift, street sweeper, and so on. The cartoon children are depicted operating the machines, but the final illustration reverses the relationship of object to child; suddenly the children are quite big and their trucks are small and handheld. This book is intelligent and informative, with craft, rhythm, great art, and entertainment.—Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.