Children’s Book Review – Dinosaur Dig! by Penny Dale

Dinosaur Dig children's book review

Dinosaur Dig!

  • Illustrator:  Penny Dale
  • Hardcover:  32 pages
  • Publisher:  Nosy Crow, a Candlewick Press imprint (September 27, 2011)
  • Language:  English
  • Genre:  Juvenile fiction (ages 4-8)
  • ISBN:  978-0-7636-5871-7
  • SMRP:  $15.99

Ten different dinos work together in construction vehicles digging, shoveling, dumping, lifting, mixing, cementing, steamrolling, pumping , and painting.  Then it is time for fun.  Young readers will enjoy the surprise ending.  Bet they can’t guess what those prehistoric creatures built.

The endpapers at the front and back of Dinosaur Dig! are the best ever.  Classified by name, kids can learn seeing renderings of extinct triceratops, allosaurus, iguanodon, enclosures, deinonychus, megalosaurus, stegosaurus, baryonyx, styracosaurus, and tyrannosaurus rex.  The renderings of building vehicles like the loader, telehandler, steamroller, paint truck, crane truck, excavator, concrete pumper, pickup truck, water tanker, and dump truck bridge an imagined past with our world’s familiar.

Dinosaur Dig!   What a perfect book for the emerging reader!    This is more than just a great counting book.  What little boy isn’t absolutely fascinated by dinosaurs, digs, and dirt?  Penny Dale captures the magic of it all in her fun book drawings and accompanying story.  Great color, fun words, and simple text make this a good pre-primary and primary grade selection.

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  1. This would keep our little ones engaged in reading, with dinosaurs and diggers and a little counting thrown in. they all love books with lots of illustrations. Looks like a book that all little boys would love to read.

    1. Karen,
      The parent and teacher in me really believes that books are the key to good reading habits. If they afre not v isible and av ailable, they are too easily forgotten.

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