|Perfect day for digging|
Author: Best, Cari
Nell and her dog, Rusty, can't wait to dig in dirt that's perfect for digging. But Norman, their neighbor, says "Ewww!" to digging in dirt. How long will Norman resist before he joins in the fun?
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/14)
School Library Journal (05/01/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2014 PreS-Gr 1—Nell and her dog, Rusty, love to dig in the springtime mud, but their friend Norman, dressed in a white shirt and bow tie, prefers to watch from a clean distance. Nell and Rusty tunnel, splash, and make dirt angels, and Norman is slowly drawn into their play. Soon he, too, is digging up treasures to add to their "dirt museum" and he doesn't even mind that his new shoes are all dirty. Best's lyrical text hums along ("In the spring when the trees unfreeze and the grass grows green and pansies say, 'Please plant me,'"), and Davenier's ink and pencil illustrations burst with color and movement, with Nell and Rusty always in motion, and Norman's static lines becoming more active as he becomes a muddy participant in the play.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.