Book review #279: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole #bookaday

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassenby Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen
Picture book
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 1.5 (but every age will love this story!)
5 of 5 stars

This is by far my favorite picture book for 2014…Caldecott Committee are you listening??!! Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen teamed up previously on EXTRA YARN, which won a Caldecott Honor. These two really are picture book geniuses, who come up with original and challenging stories. The seemingly boring title humorously hides a story that will leave you gasping at the end and searching for someone to talk to about, “What does it all mean?!”

Klassen uses a limited sepia-toned color palette to perfectly illustrate a story about two boys and a dog digging a hole. What he can do with the character’s eyes though is amazing! This story can really be as deep as the hole the boys are digging. It can spark conversations about not giving up, that feeling of just missing out on something big, and overall it will spark imaginations and create many “I wonder” moments.

Take time to really examine the illustrations and ponder the text. You have found a gem when you read this book!

Book trailer

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