Book Cover of The Diggers by Margaret Wise Brown


By: Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrated by: Antoine Corbineau

Published: March 19, 2019

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books


The beloved author of GOODNIGHT MOON, Margaret Wise Brown, is still able to keep kids reading years after her death when a trunk of her manuscripts was found by author Amy Gary.

Animals like moles and dogs and worms like to dig in the dirt. People like to dig as well, but sometimes you need a machine to do the digging. Kids can see how a digger machine digs a tunnel under the ground and through a mountain for a train.

The story is very simple. There is the repetitive text of “dig, dig, dig” on several pages which is good for early readers. In the beginning, there seems to be a rhyming scheme and then when the story moves to humans and machines, the rhymes disappear. The rhymes return again at the very end of the book. I like the paths of the digging on the pages. Young children can trace the path with their fingers while having the story read to them. The illustrations of the train’s path under a city give parents a way to explain how subways work if they live in a city.

Kids that like machine books will likely enjoy this book. But, I think parents will notice the disconnected story and the two styles that jump back and forth. Not the best of Margaret Wise Brown in my opinion.

Check out COUNT TO 10 WITH A MOUSE by Margaret Wise Brown, HERE.

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  1. bermudaonion (Kathy) on September 1, 2019 at 12:39 am

    I agree with you about the disconnected story. I’m sure kids will still love it.

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