Sam & Dave Dig A Hole

Sam & Dave Dig A Hole

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Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014
Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763662295
Branch Call Number: jp BAR NVD
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Klassen, Jon
Alternative Title: Sam and Dave dig a hole

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Jamuckley
Jun 11, 2019

Mac Barnett's picture book for children, "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole," is a fantastic tale of two brothers who dig a hole. They dig and they dig until they "find" something.

The illustrator tease the readers with the discoveries they are just about to make before deciding they should turn a new direction. Over and over they come closer and closer to finding some big breakthrough and then veer off course to search in a new place.

The book ends with an unexpected surprise for Sam and Dave, and their helpful dog even gets what he's after too. It is a fun and funny picture book that connects with kids intriguing them to find out what happens next.

I definitely recommend this one.

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cabelindsay
Feb 07, 2019

Just about as good as it gets, illustrated by the artist behind another recent classic: I Want My Hat Back. This is a hilarious story of two people and a dog, searching for treasures. My kids (4, 6, and 10) laughed out loud throughout the readings.

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metrowhat
Sep 12, 2018

LOVE this book

SPPL_Anna Mar 10, 2018

This book is great, especially for older kids so I love reading it on school visits since it teaches about dramatic irony, which is awesome in a picture book.

JCLHeatherM Feb 18, 2018

Sam and Dave dig a hole through teamwork in an effort to find something extraordinary, unsure of what they will find along the way.

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skyekilaen
Aug 31, 2016

It was a good day when the folks at Candlewick Press sent us a review copy of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole!

The setup: It’s Monday. Sam and Dave are on a mission. They’re going to dig until they find something spectacular! They’re bringing chocolate milk and animal cookies for fuel, and their dog is coming along too. What amazing treasures will they find?

This book is so funny! It rewards the reader who pays close attention to details in the illustrations. On the first pass, you’ll get the big jokes as Sam and Dave change their strategy for digging multiple times (and ignore their dog!). But when you get to the end and realize something is very, very odd, then I bet you $5 you’ll spend the next 10 minutes or more going back through the book like a detective. A very young child might miss it, but my seven year old got it pretty quickly and was delighted with the oddity of the ending.

FSJPL_Morgan Jun 27, 2016

Klassen's books make adult readers light up with delight...and if that happens, kids are guaranteed to follow suit! Not quite as deviously wonderful as "I Want My Hat Back," and "This Is Not My Hat," but Klassen hasn't let me down yet!

CRRL_CraigG Jun 25, 2015

Author Mac Barnett and Illustrator Jon Klassen are a terrific pair, with Klassen's quiet artwork complementing Barnett's slightly surreal humor.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/sam_and_dave_dig_barnett

PimaLib_BeccaB May 07, 2015

Can you spot the differences at the beginning and the end of the book? Where do Sam and Dave end up? It's spectacular!

forbesrachel Apr 18, 2015

Down down down they dig. Sam and Dave pick up their shovels in the hope of uncovering something spectacular. A cat watches them depart, while a dog joins them on their quest. This treasure-finding hound tries his best to point them in the right direction, but to no avail, for these two boys are always stopping short of a gem. We are constantly tickled by the juxtaposition in these levels of awareness, for as they go further down, they just miss ever larger jewels. Finally even the dog is so exasperated that he breaks the fourth wall with his eyes. For all their trouble, Sam and Dave end up dirty, and tired. An appropriate selection of muted and earthy tones becomes darker as they progress, while a cream background stays the same to act as the contrasting factor. At this point we expect the group to dig until they hit the centre of the earth, but what actually happens is quite unexpected and, well, spectacular. For when they break through the last bit of dirt they fall through the sky, tumbling down until they finally land back at home! Or is it? Keen readers will notice subtle differences on these final pages from those in the beginning. Both the words and art are concise, but the story doesn't need much else. Space, plays a significant part in the timing, even separating clauses to mimic the action, while hue measures the depth of the hole. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole is a finely tuned example of a picture book, and a highly amusing one at that.

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