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Sunday 16 July 2017

Review: Dog on a Digger

Dog on a Digger is the perfect book for young children who love animals or big machines - or both!

It's a wordless picture book which lets children, and adults, tell their own version of the story and is also great for encouraging observation skills.

The story starts as dog and his owner awake, and the pictures lead you through their day. Dog joins his friend on a construction site (or perhaps it's a junkyard) where both wear special high visibility vests.

They have meal breaks, and at one, dog makes friends with a tiny canine.

Later, dog sees his new friend in need of rescue, and rushes to help. Dog, man and digger each have an important part to play in saving the smaller animal from the perils of fast flowing water.

Kate Prendergast, who once worked in the transport industry, creates the story with pencil illustrations that are mostly in black and white, with yellow and blue highlights.

It's told through sequential pictures, with a mixture of full and part-page illustrations, and both portrait and landscape panels in a kind of comic strip style.

I highly recommend Dog on a Digger, and I'm looking forward to sharing it with a young reader who I know will love it.

And if you love Dog on a Digger, look out for the same dog in his first starring role in Dog on a Train

Title: Dog on a Digger
Author: Kate Prendergast
Illustrator: Kate Prendergast
Publisher: Old Barn Books, $16.99
Publication Date: July 2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910646168
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture book