I’m have been extremely lucky to get my hands on the latest book by Alison Ritchie & Mike Byrne. Back in October I reviewed their previous book, the Rocket Racing Car. This was a very firm and immediate hit with my son but the new release, The Dinosaur Digger, has been read so many times now that my son can tell me what happens next. What I love about this series of books (I do hope there will be more) is that in the back of the book there is a pull-out model of the Mega Machine in question and it really brings the story to life. My three year old son plays it it and looks at the machine from all angles, examining the parts and asking me questions and then asking for the book to be read again.
The story begins all innocently enough with Jack fixing a digger in his workshop with his good friend-dog Riley. But when they leave the workshop, magical things happen. The book’s brightly coloured detail really catches his attention and of course lots of kids (including mine) love dinosaurs, with the big teeth and ferocious ROARs. My son loves that the dinosaurs find their Mummies - it’s a theme of his that things/people are happy when they are reunited with their Mums. The story has a simple and easy to understand theme, a happy ending and teaches about digger and dinosaur basics. The pictures are energetic and cheerful and encourage discussion of relevent topics. If your child likes dinosaurs and diggers, you really can’t go wrong with this book – in our house I know this book is going to be on our read and read again list for a very long time, I think.
Disclaimer: The product was sent for free. I was not obliged to write this post and the opinions expressed are all my own.