Title: Big Digger Little Digger
Author: Timothy Knapman
Illustrator: Daron Parton
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
Description: Little Digger loves to dig! He digs all day long. And he’s the best and only digger on the busy building site, until a new, much BIGGER digger rolls in…
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a lovely story for any children who ever feel left out. ‘Big Digger Little Digger’ is a little bigger than A4 in size and is filled with lots of glossy and thick pages which are very colourful and full of illustrations and some text. The story is a sweet one and one I think all kids will enjoy. Little Digger works all day long on a building site, digging holes. There are other machines there too, but Little Digger works the hardest of all. One day though, there’s a hole that’s too big for Little Digger to dig and a new digger, Big Digger, arrives to dig the hole instead. But what will Little Digger do now that Big Digger is digging the hole?
The story is very fun and continues with Little Digger feeling left out. He tries to do other things to make himself useful, but instead just ends up getting in the way. Poor Little Digger feels useless now that Big Digger is there, but when Big Digger runs into a problem, Little Digger is the only one who can help him. The whole story is quite simple but has an important message which kids might pick up on. Many kids can sometimes feel left out, or that they are no good at something, but this story has a lovely message that everyone is important and the way Little Digger and Big Digger get along in the end is very sweet to see. Although this has a lovely moral message, it’s also just a very fun story which I’m sure plenty of boys and girls will enjoy, especially with the added illustrations which just add so much character and fun to the story.
Every page is filled with such colourful illustrations and from the first double page there is so much detail to see. I love the anthropomorphic look to all the machines on the building site. Little Digger is espcially expressive, and I love the way they all look and how you can see the emotions on all the machines faces (and even the fear on a seagull on one page!) The pictures all have such detail too. I like the way that the seagulls appear throughout the story and there’s little extra things to look at. It’s especially fun to see the hole that Big Digger digs, and spotting all the different things that are buried in the earth on every subsequent page. At the start and end of the book is a diagram of Big and Little Digger with certain parts labelled, the images looking like blueprints that have been drawn.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m sure many children will enjoy it too. There’s so much to see on each page which will really engage them, the fun faces of all the machines does remind me of Thomas the Tank Engine, and I’m sure many kids will love the setting of a building site and machines. There’s something oddly interesting about it, I can still remember being fascinated by things like building sites as a child so I’m sure many boys and girls will enjoy the setting of the book too. Overall a very fun book which I’d recommend.
Do you like this book? Have you ever been interested or fascinated with machines or building sites? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂