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DIG, DOGS, DIG by James Horvath


A Construction Tail

by James Horvath illustrated by James Horvath

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: April 30th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-218964-6
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

A dozen dogs and one black cat work hard to build a playground in this amusing story that will please kids who love excavators, cranes and dump trucks.

The dogs wake up in their dormitory as the sun rises, and after breakfast, they’re off to the construction site in their heavy-duty trucks. Each type of construction equipment and its function is described in the rhyming text as the dogs dig a huge pit and excavate a dinosaur bone. As the day goes on, the dogs work cooperatively to construct a playground complete with a dinosaur-bone display, landscaping, trails and a duck pond. Computer-generated, cartoon-style illustrations show cheerful canines and lots of activity at the site, but these dogs are pros, as their heavy equipment is carefully researched (and they always wear their hard hats). The entire construction process is conveyed in an energetic manner that is both entertaining and educational. The crew is identified by name on the endpapers, from Duke, the “top dog” boss, to Jinx, the black cat mascot.

No new ground is excavated here, but these cheerful canines build up a charming bond with their intended audience. (Picture book. 3-6)