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The Diggers Are Coming!

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  102 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks (first published November 1st 2012)
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Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great collage images made from ripped paper; super rhythmic rhyming text. Fun to read. Full of construction vehicles, so it's a hit. My only issue is that it assumes demolition and suburbs. Where are the construction books that teach renovation and preservation and sustainable living?
Miss Sarah
with sounds and fun movment the reader is taken on a construction journey. preschool and up or right toddler group
Jennifer Heise
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice, basic, construction site book for ages 3-6. Nice use of action and sound words, word art, and repetitive pattern of "The [X] are coming! The [X] are coming!" = wreckers, planners, bulldozers, diggers, tippers, mixers, trucks, builders, cranes, rollers, vans, people... to show the process of building what appears to be a small development/subdivision. Flat-perspective painted illustrations may play well with younger children. Good for working on sequencing, and for discussing details with t ...more
Kathryn Cunningham
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
When a new construction project needs to get underway, it takes an army of people and machines, working together, to get the job done. Wreckers and planners, mixers and tippers, bulldozers and cranes all show up and do their thing. "They shave and shift and shove," "they tumble and twist and turn," and "they rattle and roll and roar." With all that racket and jumble of activity, it's hard to imagine anything actually getting built! But in construction, you have to create a little chaos before yo ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
As the mom of a vehicle-obsessed preschooler, I can tell you with utter confidence that most picture books about heavy equipment totally suck. In fact, I wish my library would impose a borrowing limit of no more than two vehicle-related picture books at any time. So imagine my happiness to find a book that goes beyond lame cartoons or photographs of diggers, with bland and clunky prose describing how they work. This book is a joy to look at and read. Susan Stegall uses paper collage to create vi ...more
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great truck/machine book with a story line which actually allows one to see what the different machines do and how a new community of houses is built. The words for the actions of the machines are spot on and the text placement which sometimes wraps around the machine parts engages one to look at the individual parts of the machine.
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
My son picked this book out from the library this week. It was a bit of a disappointment.

I did like the first lines, and the alliteration, but the rhyming scheme was so clunky and awkward that I didn't even realize it was there at first. The dull word choice tipped me off to the attempted rhymes within the lines.

The illustrations were fine, but nothing to get excited over.

Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
The diggers are coming! The diggers are coming! In this cumulative tale each machine adds something to the final project: a new neighborhood for people to live!

Alliterative text is positioned in and around the artwork. The refrain brings to mind the historical quote: "The British are coming! The British are coming!" Torn paper collage illustrations. PreK-2.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picturebook
A great book for story times for its repetition, rhyme and topic, but otherwise, meh. The collages and font placement make the picturebook dynamic on the whole, which easily reflects the progression of contruction. Most of the rhymes flow easily, but some of them are too stileted for me to give it 3 stars.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
While Rowan doesn't particularly love construction and equipment, we checked this book out for my nephew and she likes to sit and look at the pictures while it's being read. From a parental perspective, it's got relatively simple text but it is written in a way that it fits into the pictures instead of being imposed on top of them so it is definitely interesting to look at.
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