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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

Fall 2015 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: John Klassen
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763662295
Hardcover Price: $16.99

In author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen's quiet smile of a picture book, two boys start digging a hole in the yard, determined not to stop until they find something "spectacular." Observed by a quizzical cat and dog, the boys dig, dig and dig-and, page by page, the hole gets deeper, and deeper. But all they find is more dirt (just missing a treasure trove of very large gems, one of Klassen's witty touches). In the end, it's all been a daydream-or has it? Just where did the little dog dig up that bone?

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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