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Diggers are good at dig, dig, digging, / scooping up the earth, and lifting and tipping. / They make huge holes with their dig, dig, digging. / They can work all day." With simple rhymes and bold illustrations, Mayo (Wiggle Waggle Fun, 2002, etc.) and Ayliffe (The Busy Building Book, not reviewed, etc.) introduce 11 working vehicles. As the title and cover suggest, most of them are used in construction. Created out of cut and torn papers, Ayliffe's vibrant collages fill each double-page spread. "Diggers," for example, shows the bright red machine against an expanse of mustard yellow earth; a turquoise blue fence surrounds the site and pink, lilac, and blue buildings speckle the horizon. Mayo widens her lens by putting the spotlight on "Fire Engines" and "Rescue Vehicles." Depicting the former, Ayliffe places the vehicle against a purple slope and yellow sky; the fire engine reaches across the length of the page while an arc of water, which appears to be created out of translucent tracing paper, blasts into a burning building ("Fire engines are good at race, race, racing. / Look out! Look out! Bright lights flashing. / Hoses at the ready for swoosh, swoosh, swooshing. / They can work all day"). Tractors and garbage trucks are also highlighted. The final illustration shows the vehicles cloaked in twilight hues ("Brakes on, / engines off, the sun is setting. / No beep-beeping, no vroom-vrooming. / Shhh! / They can rest all night"). Young children, fascinated by the sounds, actions, and sheer enormity of these vehicles will find much to like in these busy scenes. (Picture book. 3-5) (Kirkus Reviews)
Book Review: Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo - Reviewed by JakeyG (26 Jul 2010)
This is one of the best children's books ever written! Both of my son's have loved this book, so much so that for about 2 months it was the only book that they would allow me to read to them. The repetitive language & bright illustrations capture the audience over and over again. I can highly recommend this book from as early as about 14/15 months of age to at least the age of 5 years.