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Author: James Horvath

Illustrator: James Horvath

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2013

Material: hard cover

Summary: Wake up Construction Dogs! It's time to get moving and do our jobs. Get out the diggers, the bulldozers, and the cranes. Move the dinosaur bone aside and bring in the ducks, they are building a park. Duke Dog once again leads his crew in this building-based picture book series.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Both of my kids loved Dig, Dogs, Dig. It was the favorite book of the week.

Adult Reader Reaction: This has a cute story that really appeals to my kids. The rhyming syntax makes it easy to read. I wasn't surprised they liked this book, since we recently read Build, Dogs, Build!

Pros: Fun narrative, bright and cheery illustrations, and an easy-to-read rhyme structure make this enjoyable share ... and appealing to mixed-age audiences.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This would make a great gift, especially for a little kid who loves construction machines.


Educational Themes: The story sets out the steps of the construction process, but there is plenty to explore in the illustrations. This is a great book for asking young readers questions about what they see, what specific objects are (and what they do), etc.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, trucks

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015

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