Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail

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Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Dogs work and play hard in fun read-aloud.

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Educational Value

The dogs' work day gives kids a walk-through on how a construction project is done and show how each type of truck contributes. 

Positive Messages
The dogs work together to complete the job.
 
Positive Role Models & Representations
The dogs are energetic workers, hustling to finish on time.
 
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dig, Dogs, Dig will satisfy truck- and dog-lovers alike. The energetic, rhyming text is very reminiscent of Go, Dog. Go!, but with a bright and modern look.
 

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What's the story?

Duke wakes his team of fellow dogs for a busy work day. These canines are construction workers, and they get down to business, digging until they hit an obstacle. They work together to pull it out -- a dinosaur bone! -- and get back to their project, turning an empty patch of land into something the whole neighborhood can enjoy.

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Is it any good?

DIG, DOGS, DIG is terrific fun to read aloud. The first time though, kids can try to guess what the dogs are making. On subsequent readings -- and there will be many -- they can pore over the charming details: the construction foreman relaying orders on a walkie-talkie, the clueless dog stuck in wet concrete, a worker soaked by a malfunctioning fountain, the feline friend tucked into every scene.
First-time author James Horvath's vibrant colors and fun, cartoony style make the pages crackle with energy.
 
The publisher's website has links to coloring pages, an activity sheet, and the book trailer.
 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about each type of truck and what kind of work it does.
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  • The dogs build a park with a giant dinosaur bone as its centerpiece. If you were building a park, what would you put in it?

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