One of Master C’s favourite books over the last few months has been Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Or Night Night Moon as he prefers to call it. I therefore sat down with him to read a copy of The Diggers by her with great interest especially since he instantly became very excited by the picture of a digger on the front cover.
Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of stories and poems for children and this particular one has been brought alive in this modern version by French illustrator Antoine Corbineau.
Dig, dig, dig go various animals and machines as they dig underground to create a whole new world beneath our feet. There are worms, rabbits and mice. Pirates, workmen and mechanical diggers. Between them they create underground homes and railways. They discover bones, gnomes and plenty of stones.
This is a lovely books showing children all the things that go on underground, and helps children understand a bit more about the different animals that live there, as well as when humans need to dig down for their modern day infrastructure. Master C got particularly excited to see the trains feature in it.
Little Miss C was also sat with us whilst we read The Diggers and she was quite excited to understand how they make trains go underground, especially as she’s travelled a fair bit on the London Underground and always loved the concept of trains under the ground.
Whilst Master C was excited about the digger on the cover of the book you don’t actually see a mechanical digger inside the book until about half way through so it left him a bit impatient and frustrated until we got to them. If you’ve got a digger mad little boy (or girl) please do be warned that they don’t feature all the way through The Diggers – or else you might have a disappointed little one!
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of The Diggers to review as part of our role as Parragon book buddies.