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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The poignant story of a toy kangaroo that goes to war with a young man who doesn't come back.

When her brother, James, went to war, Annie stitched the name Digger onto her toy kangaroo and gave him to James as a farewell present.
'A Digger for a digger,' she said, hugging her brother.
'I'll keep him safe,' James promised.

Digger is the story of one toy kangaroo, one Australian
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 2018 by Allen & Unwin
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Sarah Mayor Cox
Digger by Mike Dumbleton and illustrated by Robin Cowcher (Allen & Unwin)

You definitely need a big hanky or box of tissue when you first sit down to read this book. There are now dozens of fabulous picture books about war created by Australian authors and illustrators - so why do we need yet another? I’m happy to say that Digger makes a wonderful contribution to this suite of other books.

It follows the story of a toy kangaroo, made of scrap material and belong to a young Australian girl call
Michella Mcintosh
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story about a brother and sister relationship. Make sure you have tissues.
Very touching story.
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I think these kinds of picture books are absolutely fantastic. Based off true stories, photographs, or personal family histories are beautifully pure and honest, even if they are a bit heartbreaking. From reading the dedication alone I teared up.

Crowcher’s illustrations are roughly sketched but beautiful watercolours that match the tone of this story incredibly well. The subdued colours and the outlines capture the story without needing to be finely detailed. They express beauty and peace, and s
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Mike Dumbleton is a writer and Literacy Consultant. He has worked in South Australian High Schools, New York City Schools and as a Literacy Curriculum Officer for the South Australian Education Department. In addition to children’s books, he has written a range of educational texts.

Part of his interest in writing stems from the fact that his grandfather was a local poet in an Oxfordshire village i
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