|Dog on a digger|
Author: Prendergast, Kate
Dog likes to ride along while his human companion works the big excavator at the construction site. But today, when they stop at the snack bar for something to eat, Dog's little puppy friend goes missing. Luckily, Dog has a brave and ingenious idea for coming to the rescue--with the help of the excavator, of course!
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/18)
School Library Journal (07/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/01/2018 Muted realistic pencil drawings in yellow, blue, and gray tell this wordless story of a dog’s exciting day. After waking his owner, a construction worker, the pair climb aboard a big yellow excavator and go to work cleaning up trash. What’s next? The two have lunch. The dog shares its bowl with the snack lady’s fluffy puppy. Yellow squiggles alert the dog that the adorable puppy, woofing loudly, has fallen onto a tree above a water-filled trench. The construction worker can’t quite reach the whining little one. Now it’s time for the big digger to come to the rescue! The brave canine rides down in the bucket and rescues the pup, grabbing him with gentle jaws. The two pooches and the snack lady ride back up together in the bucket, and the final picture suggests the dog’s job is a puppy watcher. Meanwhile, romance is blooming between the two humans. Done with a variety of panels and full-page spreads, the story encompasses a hero’s journey with adventure, a wise mentor, romance, and a happy homecoming. All cleverly told without a single word! - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—In this wordless picture book, there is canine drama and suspense on the construction site. A mixture of panels and full-page illustrations relay the action, beginning with the early morning routine of an amiable white dog and his human companion. Donning yellow safety vests, man and dog climb into the cab of an excavator and get to work hauling, digging and lifting. At break time, they have a snack and enjoy the company of the convenience stand owner and her little shaggy pup. When the puppy suddenly goes missing and becomes trapped over a canal, the older dog heroically springs into action, alerting the humans and figuring out a clever rescue plan. Realistic pencil illustrations alternate between close-up scenes that capture the nuanced body language of the animals, and panoramic views of the entire construction site. The black-and-white pages are enlivened with splashes of sunny yellow that accent the big rigs and hard hats and also signify the urgent barks of distress. VERDICT This compelling, detailed story will invite and inspire close inspection and lively storytelling.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ont. - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.